How to Turn Gadgets Into Cash as Seen on ABC World News

Turning gadgets into cash as seen on ABC World News

Last week, the G Unit had our fifteen minutes of fame on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and ABC Nightline in a segment on how to turn your tech gadgets into cash. This post contains the backstory on how we got involved, the lessons learned on recycling old gadgets, and the actual footage from the segment, which thankfully didn’t zoom in on my fingernails that have not seen the inside of a salon since the iPhone 5 has been out. Besides being a ridiculously fun experience, we learned a lot about what we can do with all the old tech gadgets cluttering up our home and also how to turn them into kizash.


When I received an email from someone claiming to be from a producer with ABC World News with Diane Sawyer I immediately Googled his name, because seriously? World News? Diane Sawyer? As soon as the search results confirmed Mr. ABC to be legit, that I was not being Punk’d by Ashton Kutcher, I ran to the bathroom with an instant case of nervous tummy. What did they want? And more importantly, whatever it was, what would I wear?

After calming my nerves, I called him back as per his request.

He explained that they were looking for a “tech family” from San Diego to feature for a piece about how to turn old tech gadgets into money (apparently they had found me through my blog, so hey, that’s reason enough to keep this thing going). He asked if we had a lot of old gadgets lying around and, ironically, I had, just one day prior, gone through our “hoarders” office and gathered all of our old, defunct technology and placed it in the garage wondering what the heck to do with it all. So I said, “heck yes we do!”

A few days later, producer Eric, correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, and tech guru, Jessica Dolcourt from were in our livingroom, calculating just how much we could make from our old tech stuff via a variety of outlets such as and Eco ATM.

Recycling old tech gadgets for money

On set, aka my kitchen, with Sharyn Alfonsi and Jessica Dolcourt

Turn your gadgets into Cash segment on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

The G Unit with Sharyn Alfonsi of ABC News and Jessica Dolcourt of

I’ll let you watch the clip below to see how much we came up with and to see what we did with the money.


If you have old phones, even if they are shattered or aren’t working, take them to the nearest Eco ATM near you (find the complete list of locations on their website).

  • Put your old phone into the Eco ATM
  • Plug it in so the freaky robot can tell how much you can get for it
  • Determine whether or not you want to sell it for how much they are offering
  • Wait for it to spit cold hard cash out at you.
  • For Steve’s old iPhone 4 we got over $100 and for the shattered 4 we got $37.00.

Our old flip phones were worth less than $3.00 each so we decided to just keep them as toys for the kids to play with. I got some money for my old iPod mini and for one other phone.

For bigger items like laptops, go to and see how much is being offered. Depending on the year, make, model, and condition of your gadget, you might be able to make a significant amount.


Here is the actual segment that aired last Thursday night.

Big thanks to the producer, Eric, and Sharyn Alfonsi who made us feel right at home. Oh wait, we were at home. Anyway, they were delightful and down to earth and a blast to be around.

Now go to the nearest mall near you, turn in your phones and come back here to tell me how much you make!



  1. 1

    I’ve seen that atm in the north county mall and wondered about it! Now I’m going on a treasure hunt in our house!!! Great segment…you look fabulous!

  2. 2

    First off, ABC World News!!! Holy Smokes!! That’s awesome!

    Second, I am so doing this. When I saw the cash spitting out of the ecoATM, I about died. I have a whole rubbermaid container full of old electronics!

  3. 3

    So awesome (that you’re on ABC news and the money you could make from these old gadgets).

    It’s so smart of them to put that machine in the middle of the mall too. I may have to go do some early Christmas shopping!

  4. 4
    Megan Eccles says:

    This is awesome! I have a bunch of old phones laying around. I’ll have to take them in!

  5. 5
    Tiffany says:

    Mary, how cool for you and your family!! My girls want bunk beds so bad, maybe I need to dig up some electronics!

  6. 6
    Cindy says:

    That is so cool!!! We need to go on a treasure hunt as well. Thanks for sharing this awesome tip.

  7. 7
    Ali Kramm says:

    I remember vividly the day my family moved from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Chicago. I was all of ten years old and like any child would be, excited to see the city. My father had received a promotion at the bank he had worked at since well before I was born and we were now leaving the relative comfort of our home for an apartment on Michigan Avenue. Driving into the city was almost surreal, and although sullen over leaving my friends behind, I was enthralled with the possibility of great opportunities that lay ahead. All the wonder and amazement I was experiencing after having traveled through the concrete canyons of the Windy City was soon overshadowed by the news that my father decided to impart to me the moment we entered our new domicile. I would be sharing a room with my younger brother..

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    Botox Boston says:

    Sounds like a cool day. Those sites don’t pay too much for electronics. Amazon has the best trade-in service in my mind. Fast and great customer service.

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