Recycle Your Electronics and Get Paid

I am a Costco member and they are very kind to send me the Costco Connection on a regular basis.  I know that it is just a way to get you buy more products from them but I happen to like getting it (yes I know that I can view the same thing online and reduce the amount of paper being used but I haven’t made the switch yet, I’m working on it.  There’s just something about touching the paper that you don’t get from a computer screen.)

Anyway, yesterday I got a new one in the mail and I was just about to reach the section with all of the gorgeous patio furniture that doesn’t have a chance of getting to my very small back yard, I came across a very interesting headline:

Cash for tech

And under that it said:

Trade in your electronics, get a Costco Cash card

Since, my husband and I do a lot of shopping at Costco and he is in absolute love with anything electronic, I decided to read the article.

It would appear that Costco has a new Trade-In & Recycle Program.  According to the article, you can send in your old electronics including: laptops, cellphones, LCD monitors, MP3 players, gaming systems, GPS devices and a lot more.

Warning: if you ever plan on getting rid of an old computer you should read this article How To Protect Your Identity When Throwing Out A Computer before you do.  Even if you are giving the computer to someone that you know you should take Identity Theft very seriously and do what you can to protect yourself.

Okay back to the cool stuff – I think that it is absolutely very cool and green to recycle your electronic gadgets and get paid too.  The program at Costco is being done with Gazelle.com.  If you are a member of Costco, you will want to recycle your old electronics through Costco’s website (Costco member get about 2.5% more money) but if you aren’t don’t worry, you can still take advantage of the program by going straight to www.Gazelle.com.  Here is a short video on how they work:

If you have an item that isn’t accepted through the program but would like to recycle it you can check out Gazelle’s Recycle Network Directory to see if there is someone else that can help you recycle your gadgets.

Personally I think this is a very cool idea.  I can’t wait to tell my husband where he can put his old electronic gadgets 🙂 (Just kidding)