Getting Rid of Old Technology

Learn the right way to dispose of that used TV or phone, and maybe even get some cash back for it.

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Here are a few helpful tips for getting rid of all your old tech devices.

Everyone's got one: a closet full of dusty TVs, broken digital cameras, and the brand-new phone that became outdated without warning (they do that). Pretty soon, you're struggling to shut the closet full of gadgets in limbo, and they haunt you from behind closed doors.

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Send It to the ecoATM

Think Locally

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Trade It In

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Find an Online Electronics Market

Hire a Virtual Sales Assistant

Use Your Real-Life Social Network

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Tech for Karma

Even if It's Broke

Recycle, Close the Loop

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In this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I'll show you how to get rid of broken tablets, crusty old keyboards and stagnate smartphones, and give them – and you – a new lease on a digital life. Get cash, or trade it in for a credit towards something new. Boost your karma by donating your old stuff to charity, or just properly recycle it all to avoid the landfills.

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Back It Up

Wipe It Clean

Deauthorize Subscription Services

Wipe It Clean (on the Outside!)

Quit "Finding" Your Phone

Strip It

Take Great Pictures

Plan Ahead for Future Sales

Before you ditch your old devices, though, there are a few things to do – it's important to kick your digital footprint to the curb. Wipe your gadgets clean of personal information so that no one else can flip through your vacation photos or bank on your credit card information. Yikes. Plus I'll make a few upcycle crafts from those old CD jewel cases. (You won't be needing those, you MP3 lover, you).

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