When a mad flurry of spring cleaning results in boxes of schlock, and a few unused tech-y toys, you can turn your would-be trash into cash. Amazon’s trade-in program lets you swap everything from tablets to cell phones for gift cards to use on the mega-retailer’s site.

Not only does this program let you save money on future purchases, but it’s Earth-friendly too! Instead of ending up in a device-packed landfill, your gadgets and gizmos can get a whole new life with a brand-new owner. So how can you trade your tech-time gadgets in for Amazon credit?

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Start by visiting the company’s Trade-In page. And don’t worry if your device isn’t in tip-top shape. While you won’t get a massive gift card for your trade, you may still get something. Create a Trade-In account and make sure your item is listed in the Trade-In Store. If it’s not listed there’s no current offer. That means no trade-in credit for you.

After verifying your item, you may need to answer questions about the condition. Before shipping your old device, video games, console or or other similar discard to Amazon (for free!), don’t forget to de-register or unlock it.

Now all you have to do is wait. According to Amazon’s Trade-In page, it can take up to 10 business days for the online retailer to get your item. When they do receive it, they’ll appraise your saved-from-the-trash tech and email you within two business days. That’s it! If your items doesn’t qualify for a gift card trade-in Amazon will return it free of charge. There are no returns for accepted items.

Along with sending your device directly to Amazon you can trade-in your Kindle in person at participating Amazon Books locations!

—Erica Loop



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