If you are trying to get rid of your old electronics, there are a lot of different options.
If your gadget is new enough, you can actually turn it in for cash or a new gift card in some cases.
Consumer Reports looked into some websites that offer the best deal. They say http://glyde.com usually quoted the highest prices for electronics.
According to Consumer Reports, Amazon is the best avenue for selling random gadgets, like hard drives and speakers.
They say www.nextworth.com is great because it lets you send items in or drop them off at stores, like Target.
The experts at Consumer Reports say prices can vary from site to site, and the prices can change over time.
If the price you're offered doesn't seem worth it, you can donate your electronics or recycle them.
The website cristina.org can connect you with organizations across the state that accept old electronics. If you want something closer to home, you can go to earth911.com, which lets you search for local places that take donations or recycle electronics.
Staples and Best Buy will also take old computers off your hands.
Before you rid of your old electronics, be sure to remove all of your personal data.
It's not just enough to simply delete your data, crooks can use data recovery software to get their hands on your personal information.
The experts at Consumer Reports have some advice to protect yourself.
If you're recycling your computer, you can physically remove the hard drive. It's also a good idea to do a secure wipe, which not only deletes the data, but it overwrites it several times so it's hard to retrieve.
According to Consumer Reports, the best thing to do for your smart phone is to encrypt it first, which in some cases is as easy as enabling your screen lock, and then do a factory reset.
Of course before you do any of this, you'll want to back up all of your pictures and files you want to keep.
For more detailed instructions on how to clear your personal information off of gadgets, click on the link below.
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