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What To Do With Those Old Gadgets, or Books, Movies and Video Games

The other day I received an email from my Wayne State email list regarding buying used textbooks.  I thought of selling mine through the list but really did not want to have to deal with a private sale.  I searched Amazon.com just to see what price the title was going for (at the used rate) when I noticed that Amazon was willing to buy the book back for about $36 (in credit on an Amazon gift card).  Amazon pays for the shipping, I just have to provide a box and drop it off at either a UPS location or ship it through the United State Postal Service.  I thought I would give it a try.  It sounds really easy,  plus I do not have to worry about some stranger ripping me off.  I dropped off the book this week, so I will be sure to update once I hear from Amazon.  Video games and DVDs are also accepted for trade.

After sending my old textbook off, I started to think about my current iPhone3g and how I want to replace it so badly.  The phone is in great shape (I took great care of it) and I would hate to see it just collect dust or even worse decide to pitch the thing.  While messing around online I discovered two, tech buy-back sites.  Gazelle.com  offers cash for all of your old gadgets.  Simply search for your product, answer a few simple questions about the product, ship it off, and then your Paypall account will be credited (or you can receive a check).  Now you may not get as much cash as you would through a private sale (ebay or Craig's list) but you do not have to worry about being scammed.  Gazelle will send you a box and pay for shipping in some situations.  This is a great way to get rid of your old stuff, and a great way to recycle old electronics. 

Amazon also offers a similar service, through Green Earth Exchange.  It is a similar set up, but instead of a cash payment, credit is provided on an Amazon gift card.  I ran my iPhone through both sites, and the Amazon site offers more "cash", but of course that has to be spent at Amazon.com, where as Gazelle offers good old fashion cash money.  I think I may go pick up my new iPhone next week, so I will be trying one of these two sites out shortly.  I will provide a review along with a final review of my textbook buyback.  

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