You can already trade in books, video games and DVDs for store credit at Amazon.com. Last week, the online retailer also began accepting unwanted, but working electronics like tablets, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras and GPS devices.
Just like Amazon’s other trade-in programs, its new Electronics Trade-In Store accepts electronic devices regardless of where they were purchased. Once customers search for their product to see if it is eligible for the program, they select the product’s condition – “Like New,” “Good” or “Acceptable” – to calculate the trade-in value. Multiple electronic devices can be shipped at one time in the same box for free, with Amazon’s pre-paid shipping label.
After the electronics are received and inspected, an Amazon gift card is deposited directly into the customer’s Amazon account and can be used to purchase any product on the website.
The electronic trade-in program does not accept electronics that do not power on, are water damaged or are severely damaged and unusable.
Amazon recommends that customers erase all personal data on their electronic devices before shipping them to trade in, but says that they or their merchants will also perform a data wipe.