If you are like us you buy a lot of gadgets. Which means that you, like us, have a lot of old gadgets you no longer use filling drawers and cluttering closets. Sure you’ll sell the higher value ones on eBay—or think about selling them on eBay, maybe, possibly, someday—but often it doesn’t seem worth the hassle. And what about that long outdated laptop or camera that won’t even turn on anymore? Throwing out your old electronics isn’t a good option, not for your wallet and not for the planet. (Do you know how long it takes a toxic battery to decompose in a landfill?)
Into this digital dilemma comes Gazelle, a company that will buy your old cameras, computers and iPods and recycle them in an environmentally friendly fashion. Select the item you are selling from their website and answer a few simple questions about its condition to get the trade-in value. And then comes the really cool part: If you agree to the trade-in price you can print a shipping label off the Gazelle website and ship your item to them for free! Once Gazelle receives your package they’ll mail you a check or deposit your funds via PayPal. Now, if only there were a website that would so easily buy all our mismatching socks . . .