New site wants to buy all your old gadgets
A new site has just launched in Australia that will pay you for your used, old and broken gadgets. BuyMyTronics.com.au’s mission is to re-use or recycle these products to keep the environment free of hazardous waste.
Australians are avid technology users who turn over their gadgets pretty quickly compared to other users around the world.
Now with BuyMyTronics.com.au, customers don’t have to toss their old products in a drawer or try getting a few dollars for them on eBay.
BuyMyTronics.com.au has an easy-to-use search tool that gives users a quote on how much their device is worth depending on the sort of condition it’s in.
They accept mobiles, digital cameras, laptops, GPS devices, camcorders, gaming consoles, tablets, camera lenses and media players.
The site also offers free shipping to send in your electronics. Once the price is agreed upon, users can print out a shipping label or have a post satchel sent out to them.
Once the package arrives at BuyMyTronics.com.au and inspected the customer is paid by their choice of cheque, direct deposit or instant transfer via PayPal.
For example, an iPhone 4S 32GB in good condition will earn users $268.
Dave Parker, BuyMyTronics.com.au’s chief operating officer, spoke to Tech Guide about the new gadget buy-back site.
Tech Guide: Where did the idea come from?
Dave Parker: We started out in late 2006 as a website called BuyMyBrokenIpod.com. At that time, iPods were a popular technology but they often broke and people had few options for what to do with them. We discovered that there was a secondary value for these electronic devices (through gadget enthusiasts and refurbishers) and we started collecting and reselling them. As our business grew to include other gadgets, our name changed to BuyMyTronics. I really identified with the model of rewarding people to get rid of electronic waste and wanted to bring it to Australia.
TG: What are the most popular device customers are trading?
DP: As you might expect, we are seeing a ton of iPhone 3GS’ right now. There’s also a lot of other “first smartphones” coming in as people upgrade to the newer models. In non-mobile related trade-ins we see a lot of MacBooks and handheld game consoles like the Nintendo DS.
TG: What do you do with the devices once you get them?
DP: It all depends on the item. Most products we get in are in working condition and still have resale value. After five years in the business, we have a fairly large global network of buyers. Our first point of call is resale within Australia. We also have bulk buyers in developing regions that are always in need of second hand electronics, we work with refurbishers, and lastly, recycle scrap parts that cannot be re-circulated.
TG: So is recycling a big part of the business?
DP: Reuse and recirculation are the main parts of the business and while we don’t recycle in our facility, we work with certified recyclers to ethically dispose of the products that no longer have use. Recycling is reserved for very old, damaged and obsolete items. Our main goal is to make use of existing resources and by incentivizing customers to trade-in usable gadgets; we are promoting reuse, and helping to reduce waste in the environment.