How do you dispose of old Kindles?

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Research suggests that if you regularly buy books and take good care of your electronic devices you can reduce your environmental impact by changing your book buying habits and replace physical books with ebooks. In terms of how many ebooks need to be read to make buying an ereader worthwhile, the estimates vary from twenty five to one hundred. It is crucial that old ereaders are disposed of carefully to help minimise the effects on the planet.

Where can I sell my old Kindle?

If your Kindle is perfectly functional then you might want to consider selling the device on eBay or Gumtree. Here are some top tips:

  • Use keywords such as brand names in the item description to attract customers. For example, you are more likely to attract the right customers if you use the word ‘Kindle’ rather than ereader.
  • If you are using eBay then you also need to be aware that 10% of the final sale value goes to eBay.
  • Studies show that grammatical errors can reduce the price that items sell at so be careful to proofread your listing.
  • Make sure you are honest about the condition of your device; if your ereader is scratched make sure to be upfront about it.

Does Amazon buy back Kindles?

Yes, in some countries Amazon has a Trade-in scheme which allows people to swap their old devices for Amazon vouchers. This is very easy to do as you can print out pre-paid shipping labels to send to Amazon for appraisal. You need to be aware that although this is the easiest way of disposing of a Kindle, you will probably be able to get more money for your old device if you sell it directly to a new customer.

What else can I do with my old Kindle?

If you are technologically minded you could give this fantastic creative project from instructables.com a go and use your Kindle to make a clock themed around literature.

Can you recycle Kindles?

The waste batteries in an old Kindle may be hazardous so it is vital that they are disposed of properly. Kindles cannot be disposed with general household waste and instead need to be taken to a special recycling plant. Visit www.recycle-more.co.uk for information on where you can take Kindles in your local area.

Sources:

Money Saving Expert https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/selling-on-ebay/
Gumtree https://blog.gumtree.com/7-top-tips-to-help-you-buy-sell-with-local-online-selling-sites-gumtree/

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