How to get rid of old electronics for cash

Don't Waste Your Money

Do you have an old computer or an ancient cellphone sitting around your house?  

With Earth Day upon us, it’s the perfect time to do away with those old electronics -- and as an added bonus, make some extra cash doing it.

Like many of us, Amy Werner has amassed quite a collection of old gadgets, including a tablet, a phone and a laptop.

"The electronics in the basement are just collecting dust because we don't know what to do with them," Werner said.

But that pile of used electronics could end up being worth something.

"If your gadget is new enough, you can actually turn it in for cash or a gift card," said Consumer Reports expert Lisa Freeman

Our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine recently tested several reselling services.

A Samsung Galaxy S2 fetched $90, and an Apple iPad 2 could get you $190 from some of the services.

Consumer Reports found the website Glyde often quoted the highest prices.

Amazon proved best for random gadgets, like hard drives and speakers.

The reselling service Nextworth allows you to send items in, or drop them off at stores -- including Target.

"You really have to check different sites, at different times because we found that prices vary from site to site, and prices can change overtime, too," Freeman said.

A few years ago, I sold a Nikon point and shoot camera to Gazelle for $27. It’s not much, but it sure was convenient.

If the price you're offered doesn't seem worth it, consider a donation.

Cristina.org connects you with local organizations that accept old electronics.

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