9 Retailers That Will Pay You for Your Unwanted Stuff

9 Retailers That Will Pay You for Your Unwanted Stuff
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You know the golden rule of decluttering: If you haven’t worn or used it in a full year, it’s time to let go.

Of course, it’s not always that easy. Many items have sentimental value or were such a splurge that you can’t stand the thought of throwing away money. So don’t. Many retailers will buy used items from you, enabling you to recoup some of the cost.

The following retailers will give you cash or store credit for your clutter — from jackets and golf clubs to books and electronics.

1. Amazon

Items that are eligible for the Amazon Trade-In program include:

  • Kindle e-readers
  • Tablets
  • Streaming media players
  • Bluetooth speakers, including Echo devices
  • Textbooks
  • Phones
  • Video games

Visit the Amazon Trade-In program webpage and click on the type of item you want to trade in to find out how much Amazon would give you for it.

If you proceed with the trade-in, Amazon will pay you via Amazon gift card. In some cases, you will receive instant payment. In other cases, Amazon will give you the gift card after it receives and appraises your item.

You will have to package up and ship your items to Amazon to trade them in, but there are no fees. Amazon will give you a prepaid shipping label.

2. Best Buy

Ready for the next iPhone? The Best Buy Trade-In program will take your old one. In fact, Best Buy accepts a variety of electronics, including:

  • iPhones
  • iPads
  • Gaming systems
  • Laptops
  • Samsung mobile devices
  • Microsoft Surface devices
  • Video games
  • Smartwatches

Visit the Best Buy Trade-In program webpage and check out the “Estimate Your Trade-In Value” section to gauge what your item is worth. Then, turn it in at a participating store for a Best Buy gift card.

3. GameStop

GameStop accepts the following items:

  • Video games
  • Gaming systems
  • Phones
  • Tablets

You turn in devices at a local GameStop. You will get to choose cash or store credit. Be mindful, though: Trade promotions — which are listed on GameStop’s trade webpage — change frequently.

4. Half Price Books

Sometimes it pays to hold on to things. Half Price Books buys collectible books, music and magazines.

The chain also buys all sorts of:

  • Books
  • Textbooks
  • Audiobooks
  • Music, including CDs and LPs
  • Movies
  • E-readers
  • Phones
  • Tablets
  • Video games
  • Gaming systems

You can sell your merchandise at a store — but not an outlet location. Half Price Books will give you cash.

5. Patagonia

Patagonia is so dedicated to reducing waste that the outdoor-gear retailer created Worn Wear. This is where you can shop for gently used Patagonia clothing and luggage or trade in your own Patagonia clothing and luggage for credit.

You can use the credit at Patagonia stores, Patagonia.com and WornWear.com

Trade-ins are only accepted at Patagonia stores, though.

6. Staples

Through the Staples Tech Trade-In program, you get store credit. Eligible trade-in items include:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Laptops

You can visit a Staples store to make the swap or do everything online. If you choose the latter, Staples will provide a free shipping label so you can send the retailer the used item.

7. Target

With the Target Trade-In Program, you can swap the following items for a Target gift card:

  • Phones
  • Tablets
  • Gaming systems
  • Smartwatches
  • Voice speakers

You will have to mail your item to Target, but you will receive a prepaid shipping label.

8. TGW

Golfers, take note: TGW (The Golf Warehouse) takes old clubs.

TGW’s online trade-in process includes free shipping. Once your trade-in is received, TGW will email you a gift certificate.

9. Walmart

Gadgets to Gift Cards is Walmart’s trade-in program for used electronics, including:

  • Phones
  • Tablets
  • Gaming systems
  • Voice speakers

First, visit the Gadgets to Gift Cards webpage to find out how much your device is worth. You then can ship it with a prepaid shipping label. Once the trade-in is approved, Walmart will email you the value of your device on a Walmart e-gift card.

Have you ever sold unwanted stuff to a retailer? Tell us about your experience by commenting below or over on our Facebook page.

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