Just last week, Amazon released three new models of its popular Kindle device. One was a pretty significant upgrade to the basic e-reader, while the Kindle Fire family expanded to include two sizes of the Kindle Fire HD, a more powerful tablet with a host of new features. Many of you Kindle owners out there may be considering an upgrade. While it's best to hang on to your devices for as long as possible, sometimes upgrading is inevitable. If you've decided now's the time, here are five places to resell your old device so that it doesn't end up in a landfill and gets a shot at a longer life. Most of these companies refurbish and resell the devices or recycle them if they're no longer viable.
1. AmazonAmazon lets you to trade in any of the old models of the Kindle or Kindle Fire for an Amazon gift card of varying values based on which model you have. Once you find your model in the Trade-In Store online, you click the trade-in button and then print out a mailing label to mail your device for free to Amazon. Once the company receives it, it will credit the appropriate amount to your Amazon account. If you ever spend money on Amazon, this is an easy and convenient option.
This one is obvious. You can sell anything on eBay, but electronics do especially well on the auction site right when a new model is announced. All generations of Kindle should get a nice bump in selling price right now, but it also allows someone looking to get their first e-reader or tablet to start at a cheaper price point.
The ultimate electronics reseller, NextWorth buys just about any type of gadget or accessory you can think of, including many models of the Kindle. The online service is easy to use and you can get a quote for how much they'll pay for your e-reader or tablet before committing to selling it with them. Prices vary depending on the condition your device is in and the demand for that particular gadget at that time.
Like NextWorth, BuyBackWorld is an online electronics reseller, with a similar buying process. The company gives you a quote on your device based on self-reported condition and what accessories you'll be including. Once your device is received and inspected, payment is issued within 48 hours. The whole process typically takes about a week.
The electronics store lets you trade-in your used devices either in-store or online, so for those who may feel a little uncomfortable with packing up your gadget and sending it on its way, this may be a less nerve-wracking option. RadioShack is currently buying back all models of Kindle going all the way back to the first generation. Prices vary depending on which model you're trading in and what condition it's in.
So there you go. If you absolutely have to upgrade, these are some surefire ways to make a little money off your old device and ensure it doesn't end up in a landfill. It also gives another person the chance to take advantage of a perfectly good used device at an affordable price. It's all win-win-win.
Stop back by tomorrow, when I tell you exactly how much you can expect to get for your old Kindle and which sites or services have the best offers.