Did you upgrade to the latest, greatest smartphone recently? Do you have some old gadgets laying around that you're ready to get rid of? Here are some ways to make sure you get top dollar for your gently used electronics. 

Get the best deal when selling old gadgets

The Financial Times of London estimates there's about $5 billion in unwanted phones sitting in people's drawers. Don't let those unloved phones gather dust! In addition to old standbys like Craigslist and eBay, you can try these sites when you want to sell used electronics:

Meanwhile, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Apple have their own trade-in programs. Though in general, you'll get a better deal from the indepedent players listed above. But you'll usually get the most money by selling your phone yourself on eBay.

Also, older cell phones can always be donated to soldiers through AnySoldier.com or to domestic violence shelters through ShelterAlliance.net

But those aren't the only options. Coinstar has a kiosk called ecoATM.com that uses artificial intelligence and extreme digital photography to determine a value for any gadget you want to sell to the machine.

The ecoATM will fingerprint you and make a photocopy of your picture ID before they make an offer. You get cash or cash equivalent on the spot if you accept their offer. But for 30 days, the company holds onto the phone. If it turns out to be stolen, they turn over your image to the police. It's all part of an effort to try to prevent ecoATM from turning into just a high-tech fencing operation.

If you've got some gadget like a very old TV that has no value, try FreeCycle.org to help move it along to somebody who might be able to use it.


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