Every year Samsung, Apple and indeed other device makers release the latest in line of devices and gadgets and every year, millions of people like you buy them. But what happens to the old devices you were using?
If you’re wondering what to do with them, then you may want to consider one of these five things you can do with an old gadget before you make the decision to throw it in a drawer or stick it in a pack which may not be the smartest idea.
Making money off your old gadgets is easier than you think. After getting a new device, an obvious option you should consider is selling the older one. There are several ways you can go about selling your old device.
You can use auction sites like JiJi and OList where you can place your device for sale. However, it is essential to make sure the device is in good condition.
Another option is to visit local computer markets like the Computer Village in Ikeja to find buyers. There are some services/people that will even do the selling for you, for a cut of the proceeds.
Trading it in
Gadget or device swap is a great way to get discounts on a new purchase. Big device manufacturers like Samsung and Apple have trade-in programs that allow you to trade in an older version for a discount on the new device.
Similarly, startup and smartphone retailers like Slot have swap and trade-in offerings that provide discounts on new purchases. Although trading in is a little less stressful than selling, you will likely get less value for it.
Another good way you can offload old devices especially if you are buoyant is to give it out. You can generously give it to someone that needs it or drop it off at local charity.
From local schools and students to orphanages and soldiers, there are many people and places that need your old devices.
However, make sure it’s in good order. Examples of charities you can give an old device to in Nigeria are Books for Africa, RedAid Nigeria, Ovie Brume Foundation (Charity Shop) etc.
Recycling or Scrapping
From phones and TVs to computers and discs, old devices can’t just be tossed into the garbage. Most electronics contain materials that are toxic and hazardous to the environment, not to mention precious materials.
Smart devices use very small amounts of precious materials and manufacturers are always happy to get the chance to reclaim those materials and use them again.
Many manufacturers, retailers and even cell phone carriers offer their own recycling programs but if it’s not available in your location you can give it to professional recycling agencies like Wecyclers and Hinckley e-Waste Recycling.
Another option is to sell it to scrap buyers like Tebrad or device traders in computer village, Ikeja.
As incredible as your current tech is, it’s not been that long since your old device was similarly impressive. Despite the outdated looks and specs, there’s a lot of good it can do.
So instead of chucking your old phone into a drawer, here is a list of some of the most useful and fun ways you can easily repurpose and adapt them to life in a variety of roles.
An old android device can serve as
- Alarm clock
- MP3 Player
- Baby monitor/Security monitor
- Digital photo frame
- Dedicated ebook reader
- GPS systems
Whether you’re recycling, selling, trading, or donating your device, make sure to remove your personal information and data from it, especially smartphones, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, and any other devices that you have signed into.