(KTLA) – Chances are you have an old phone, tablet, or computer lying around the house. Now you can exchange them for cash even if they are broken.
If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. I recently visited the Chino website Gizmogo to check their operations and even sent a broken tablet to test their service.
Gizmogo is part of a larger electronics recycling company whose mission is to keep old electronics out of landfills. In the process, they’ll take your old gadgets for cash and then refurbish them or collect the precious metals in them for reuse.
“Our differentiation is that we are also very aware of the environmental impact… so trying to get these electronic products out of our landfills is our main focus,” said Roxanna Faithful, Marketing Director of Gizmogo.
The company accepts phones, tablets, laptops, computers, game consoles, cameras, lenses, drones, smartwatches, and even iPods if you still have one. The website will walk you through a short review process and then give you an estimate for your item. If you accept the quote, it’s time to send in your gadget. Depending on its size, the website will either generate an instant label that you can stick on your box or send you a small box to ship your smartphone in.
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I tried the whole service – without telling Gizmogo – with my son’s old iPad Mini. It has a cracked screen and has been unused in my garage for several months. Gizmogo said they would pay me $ 80.55. I sent the tablet in and about a week later the money was in my PayPal account.
Competitors include Gazelle, Swappa and Gylde. Of course, with these instant exchange sites, you will definitely get less for your gadget than if you did all the work yourself and list it on eBay, but it takes a lot more time and effort. You need to decide what is best for your situation.
Gizmogo says they typically pay within 24 hours of receipt and review. Keep in mind that the initial number is only an estimate and may change depending on the condition of your gadget.
“We [have a] zero landfill policy, ”said CEO James Wang, who was also particularly proud of the way the company treats data privacy.
While I always recommend deleting your data before sending a gadget, this is not always possible, especially with broken gadgets.
Gizmogo says they will “erase it or we will destroy the memory,” Faithful explained.
In their cavernous warehouse, I saw old gadgets piled up everywhere and filled bins destined for other countries, recycled or resold.
It’s a serious reminder that the latest technology isn’t always in fashion, but proper disposal can make a difference in your wallet and in the world.
“We just want to make sure that none of these devices end up in the landfill,” Faithful concluded.
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