Consumer Reports: Recycling Electronics

broken_phone_broken_samsung_galaxyYONKERS, NY — You can clear out old electronics, like cell phones or computers, and make a little money at the same time.

In ShopSmart’s search, a Samsung Galaxy S 2 fetched 94 dollars, and an Apple iPad 2 — 190 dollars.

ShopSmart found the website “Glyde” often quoted the highest prices.

Amazon proved best for random gadgets, like hard drives and speakers.

NextWorth, allows you to send items in, or drop them off at stores — including Target.

If the price you’re offered doesn’t seem worth it, consider a donation.

Cristina.org connects you with local organizations that accept old electronics.

Of course, some items are just not wanted by anyone.

Stores such as Staples and Best Buy will take old computers off your hands and recycle them responsibly. You can find out information about other recycling options by checking this website.

Whatever you do with your old electronics, be sure to wipe them clean of all your personal data first.

You can find out how to do that here.

This report is based on an article in the May, 2014 issue of Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine, pages 69- 71 and 74.