We all have them. Old gadgets and gizmos tucked away that we don’t use anymore, but for some reason…we just can’t find it in our heart to toss them. For some, it might be that we don’t want to “clutter the environment,” for others, “but I paid freakin’ HOW MUCH for that five years ago?!” And for others still, well, we don’t even know why it’s still shoved it the closet or drawer. Well, you might be heartened to know that Radio Shack is now providing a way for you to get some cash for those old tech goodies. Well, not cash exactly, but the next best thing. Gift cards for more tech goodies.
Launched just yesterday, Radio Shack is now offering a “trade-in policy” for your old stuff. It’s pretty much what it sounds like. You give them your stuff, and you get a gift card for their store for a specified trade-in amount for your item. They obviously don’t take every single item from every manufacturer from the dawn of time, but there is a pretty broad range on their trade-in site.
There are specific companies that are participating in the program, some of which include the big names like Dell, Microsoft, Apple, Philips, and Sony. You can trade in all kinds of items like laptops (which I ran a test trade in check on one…details to come), cameras/camcorders, phones, game systems/games, GPS systems, and car audio systems.
It’s a pretty easy site to navigate. You just click on the item you want to trade first. In my case, I tried it out looking to trade in an Acer Aspire 4720Z laptop. So, on the main page, I just clicked on “laptops.” From there, it gave me a list to choose the brand. Next, the model. It then had me rate the condition. Then, it gave me what they would give me for me trade — in this case, $283. Not bad considering last year buying one new was only a little over $400.
If you accept the trade, you print out a pre-paid shipping label for your item and send it off. The site says that Radio Shack will e-mail you when they have received it, and send out your gift card in 10-14 days. The card can be used in any Radio Shack store.
So, it may not be a way to make oodles of money, but it just may be a way to clear out those closets and get a kick start on that holiday shopping!