Red roses, heart-shaped boxes, lacey what-nots….sounds like the typical Valentine’s Day, right? If you want to spice things up this year, here’s an idea: Break up on Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about breaking up with your electronics, of course. Gazelle— a new company that gives you cold hard CASH for your electronic gadgets–makes it easy to get rid of your unwanted and outdated electronics in an eco-friendly way.
Using the idea of reCommerce–an economic model that rewards consumers for efficient consumption by reusing or recycling unwanted items–Gazelle pays on average about $115 for unwanted gadgets via check, PayPal, Amazon Gift Card or charitable donation.
Nervous about breaking it off? Gazelle can make it easy. Here are a few suggestions for what to say when you give your unwanted gadgets the ole’ heave-ho:
“I’d still like to be friends.” If you have decided to upgrade your LCD monitor or PDA, practice reCommerce by reselling or recycling it rather than leaving it in your junk drawer. Gazelle makes the process as easy as Netflix by calculating offers for gadgets quickly and by providing shipping labels (paid postage!) and packaging for all eligible items.
“I just need some space.” If you have thousands of pictures, movies and MP3 files to store, Gazelle will not only help provide some cash for a more spacious device, it will also ensure that all the personal data and information is securely erased from your old cell phone or laptop.
“Look… it’s over.” If your camcorder or external hard drive is broken beyond repair, Gazelle can help recycle it responsibly. With the Gazelle’s zero landfill policy, users can rest assured that their gadgets will not be sent to a third world country or pollute the environment.
Here’s wishing you a happy break up!