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 CNET.com were in our livingroom, calculating just how much we could make from our old tech stuff via a variety of outlets such as Gazelle.com and Eco ATM.
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 Gazelle.com 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.
WATCH, TAKE NOTES, AND MAKE MONEY:
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!