In honor of Earth Day, Gazelle is encouraging all consumers to lead a more sustainable lifestyle with more efficient use and handling of their smartphones, tablets and other electronics. Here are some specific suggestions:
Gazelle’s Gadget ”Greening” Guide:
Charge appropriately. Don’t leave your gadget plugged in to continuously charge. Unplug it when it is done to conserve power. Also try using an eco-friendly surge protector that senses when your device is off so it can control power flow in an energy efficient manner.
Power down when not in use. In addition to turning it off when you don’t need it, you can buy an inexpensive app to protect and extend your battery. Battery Doctor Pro gets good reviews and is only 99 cents.
Protect your gear. The better condition of your device, the better it will perform. Invest in a good screen protector and case — there are even “green” cases made of recycled material. Remember, the better condition your device is in when it’s time to upgrade, the more money you can get back for your trade-in.
Declutter. Now that your new smartphone is your personal GPS, digital camera and camcorder, make sure to recycle your old gadgets at your local electronics recycling post so they don’t end up in a landfill. For a list of electronic recyclers in your area click here (earth911.com).
Get cash for your upgrade. Are you still using an old phone that doesn’t hold a charge and consumes a ton of power? The cash you’ll get when you trade in with a service like Gazelle will go a long way toward paying for a new, more energy efficient smartphone.
Gazelle has facilitated more than 900,000 gadget trade-ins, but there are still many consumers that are trying to lead a more sustainable life and are unaware that their used electronics store significant value. Our hope is that Earth Day can be a call to action for many to begin to trade in their gadget so it can find a happy second home.
As Earth Day approaches this month I thought I would share my favorite green gadget tips in order to preserve our beloved mother Earth. With many of us owning 10 or more gadgets in the home these days, making sure they are all “green” can be a hard task. With manufactures offering new devices every 3-4 months gadget clutter is starting to become a real problem. From the actual gadgets, to batteries and chargers lying around, the amount of e-waste piling up in our homes can become overwhelming. For all those who need help with this problem I have compiled my favorite green gadget tips below. This easy guide should help you save some cash while doing something good for the environment as well. Enjoy!
The Power of the Sun: Solar powered chargers for our gadgets can save you some cash in the long run. I recommend the Solio Hybrid Charger which has multiple charging tips for different brands of gadgets. Also if you use traditional chargers make sure to unplug those charges from the wall when they are not in use. Although your gadget may not be attached, the charger still consumes energy in the wall.
Eco-Friendly Materials: Manufactures are also going green these days by using sustainable material such as corn and wood. Sprint has unleashed a complete line of eco-friendly devices from top brands like LG and Samsung. Computer manufacture Asus has its elegant line of Bamboo laptops which are not only unique but also eco-friendly. You can also look at how green the actual brand is, eco-friendly brand ratings can be found at EPEAT.
Reuse & Recycle: If your one to upgrade constantly like myself, the reuse of your old gadget is actually better than recycling it. Just because its 6 months old to you, it may still be a high-end device for someone else. Using our site Gazelle will ensure you get cash for your next purchase and makes sure your old device will find a proper home. Sometimes your device is just too old for reuse, this is where recycling comes in. You can also use Gazelle for free recycling as we work with certified recyclers around the country. For bigger gadgets and appliances check out the Recycle Network Guide to find your local recyclers drop-off stations.
De-Gadgetize: Now that your shiny new smartphone has built in GPS, 32Gb of storage, and an 8MP camera you can start to unload some of your other gear. That MP3 player, GPS, and Digital Camera that are just collecting dust around the house are just loosing value, and they will probably end up in a land fill one day. Make sure to trade them in at Gazelle, responsibly recycle them, or give them away as gifts to friends and family.
Protect & Update: You probably dished out some hard earned cash for your new toy, and you want to get the most out of it as possible. I always recommend a screen protector and case (I use Zagg and Case-Mate) to keep your phone (or other gadget) in pristine condition. By keeping your gadgets in good condition you will ensure maximum resale value when upgrade time comes. You will also prolong the life of your gadget making you that much greener. Along with hardware protection software updates will also keep your device functional and bug free. Proper protection along with routine updates are more valuable than you may think!
You may have just seen Ozzy and Bieber in a very Tron like ad during the Super Bowl tonight. It looks like Best Buy is trying to promote their new Buy Back program that looks very confusing to Ozzy and even the rest of the world. The cost of the buy-back program for laptops, Netbooks, and Tablets is $69.99. For smartphones that cost less than $350, it’s $39.99, and $59.99 for smartphones that cost more than $350. This sounds very confusing and disappointing considering you must pay up front for this service.
Solution: Head over to Gazelle.com for a fast, free, and simple trade-in process. Remember that Gazelle supports over 250,000 gadgets in more than 20 categories of consumer electronics. Check out Gazelle now to see how much your stuff is worth.
To see what happened after the Super Bowl ad between Ozzy and Beiber check out this video below. Enjoy!
Probably the most common way people hear about Gazelle is from their friends and family that have tried it out. We think it’s a little more than simple word of mouth and believe that each of you inspires those around you to consume in a better way. Whether it’s to recycle, trade up, or reCommerce for any of the top 10 possibilities, you inspire all of us.
So to round out the list, a great “inspiring” entry from @rchains on Twitter.
@gazelle_com Gazelle helps me INSPIRE my child to recycle. It is never too early to learn how to care for our planet! #gazelle100
In honor of her submission, she’ll win a selection of toys made from recycled materials from Green Toys. And we’ll be adding a twin gift to the gift pack for our 100,000th customer. Thank you to everyone who participated. We had so much fun reading your entires and can’t wait to give this awesome gift pack to our 100,000th customer. Stay tuned to find out who it will be….
@judipcook on Twitter said, “@gazelle_com Gazelle helps me END THE CLUTTER in my house. I was able to get rid of all the old gadgets kicking around. #gazelle100″
Decluttering your house by cleaning out all the gadgets lurking in the back of desk drawers and in boxes on closet shelves is a great way to free up space and earn extra cash. And since Gazelle provides free shipping for all boxes worth at least $1, you can go ahead a load it up with anything from our 20 categories.
Today’s winner receives $100 gift card to The Container Store, where you can get virtually everything you could ever need to organize your life. The same prize will be added to the prize pack for our 100,000th customer.
Thanks @judipcook for your great entry. There’s one more to go and we’ll be selecting our final winner on Monday so get your tweets and posts in over the weekend to be considered. Below is the list so far- what do you think is missing?
@gazelle_com Invest! Use your money to make more money! #gazelle100
In honor of his entry, @bdog80 will win $100 cash to put in the bank or invest any way he chooses. We’ll also be adding the same prize to the prize pack for our 100,000th customer. Check out the prizes so far and remember we still have 2 more to go so keep submitting entries on Twitter and Facebook.
Sure, you can shop with cash, but ever since we added Walmart and Amazon gift cards as payment options on gazelle.com we know that lots of customers use cash from their gadgets to go shopping. And what’s more fun than turning your used iPod into that top item on your Amazon wish list? So coming in as our 7th possibility of reCommerce is “shop,” and today’s winner is……
@Coffy73 who submitted the winning entry way back on June 30th via Twitter.
“Traded in my iPod Touch for a Walmart gift card. Recieved it the other day and went hogwild at the store =)”
This sounds like it was so much fun, we’re going to help her do it again. @Coffy73 wins $100 gift card to Walmart and the same prize will be added to our gift pack for our 100,000th customer.
We still have three more to go with #8 and #9 being picked tomorrow and Friday and our last winner on Monday so keep tweeting and posting your entries.
Since the beginning of Gazelle, we’ve always offered customers the opportunity to donate the value of their gadgets to a good cause, and last year we launched a product called Gazelle for Good that let’s you set up your own online gadget drive for any cause you’d like. We’re consistently blown away by the generosity of our customers and to date thousands of dollars have been paid out to all different types of organizations, including nearly $10K to American Red Cross following the earthquake in Haiti.
So it’s no surprise that making our top 10 list of the possibilities of reCommerce is “Donate.” Many of you had this idea and rather than just selecting one winner, we’ve picked 3. We’ll be donating $100 to the cause of each winner’s choice and of course will be adding $100 donation to the prize pack for our 100,000th customer.
A big “thank you for your generosity,” and “congratulations” to:
@iBraryGuy: Recommerce for a Cause! @Gazelle_com paid me for my old phone. Using the money to register for a charity run for abused pets! #gazelle100
@BillStrong: @gazelle_com I used mine to accelerate #SMA research via a donation to @gsfoundation. SMA is the #1 genetic killer of young children.
Bob Bodkin: I reCommerce for cash initially…. but am looking into doing it to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. I run marathon’s and ultra relays for them now, but want to do more (and do stuff that doesn’t hurt so stinking much!)
We’re still picking four more to add to our list so keep your ideas coming on Twitter and Facebook and check out our blog daily for the results. Good Luck!
We’re not quite to “1 billion served,” but we think 100,000 of you joining the reCommerce revolution is not too shabby so we’re planning to celebrate it.
We expect to hit 100K customers some time during the next week or so and in honor of this milestone we’re celebrating all the ways people have reCommerced. Whether it’s turning last years cell phone into next week’s groceries, your used Macbook into the new one (which is awesome by the way), helping out a friend in need, donating to charity, taking a shopping spree…. whew… the possibilities are literally endless. We’re picking our favorite suggestions off twitter and our facebook fan page to create a prize pack of the top 10 possibilities of reCommerce. This gift pack will be awarded to our 100,000th customer in honor of all of you who helped us get there. And of course, if we pick your suggestion, you’ll win the gift associated with your suggestion.
Today we picked the 1st item to go into the prize pack and therefore our first winner.
I used my rebate to buy rain barrels for my home: being green –> getting green –> buying green –> saving more green?
In representation of her submission, we’ll be adding a “green” gift basket from It’s Only Natural Gifts to our 100K prize pack and of course adding, “Go Green” to our top 10 possibilities of reCommerce list.
If you want to win, send us your ideas on twitter or post on our Facebook page. We’ll be picking one winner every weekday for the next nine days to make up the prize pack.
AT&T and Samsung have decided to release an updated version of their popular rugged series phone the Rugby. The new Rugby 2 will support HSPA 7.2Mbps network while still maintaining it’s dust, shock, & rain proof exterior. One major upgrade over the previous Rugby will be the addition of voice guided navigation using AT&T navigator. Other basic features such as Bluetooth, 2MP camera, and a microSD slot round out the features on this tough guy. Expect the phone to hit AT&T shelves and online starting on June 6th for $130 after a 2 year contract and $50 MIR.