12 Trade-In Programs That Pay You for Your Stuff

These retailers give you store credit, gift cards, or even cash for your old gadgets.
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Do you have a bunch of old electronics sitting around your house collecting dust? Trade-in programs let you get rid of old tech — and you can walk away with store credit, gift cards, or even money in your pocket.

Read on to learn about 12 trade-in programs that will pay you for your electronics and other merchandise.

Popular Retailer Trade-In Programs

Walmart Trade-In Program

Walmart offers eGift cards in exchange for cell phones, tablets, video games and consoles, voice speakers, MP3 players, and eReaders through CExchange. To receive a free offer on your device, visit the Gadget to Gift Cards website and select your item type.

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You'll be prompted to answer a few questions and can receive an offer within seconds. Upon acceptance, you'll need to ship the device via FedEx Ground using the prepaid label you're provided. Your eGift card will be sent via email once the item has been received and evaluated.

Target Trade-In Program

Also operated by CExchange, the Target trade-in program works in the same manner as Walmart's Gadget to Gift Cards program. The key difference is that Target's service also accepts wearables and gift cards from participating merchants. For the latter, you'll need to bring the gift card to a Target location so it can be redeemed for a Target gift card. (Check out our guide on where to sell gift cards, if you're looking for options other than Target.)

Best Buy Trade-In Program

If you're 18 years of age or older, you can exchange your used electronics for gift cards at participating Best Buy locations. But before you head in, check the Best Buy website to be sure they're currently accepting your type of gadget, as the categories sometimes change. Although your device will be examined before an offer is made, you can get an idea of what it's worth by answering a few questions on the site. You can also initiate the trade-in online in exchange for an electronic Best Buy gift card.

Target, Best Buy, and Amazon will give you gift cards in exchange for gadgets and other merchandise, such as textbooks and video games.

Amazon Trade-In Program

Amazon is one outlet to explore if you'd prefer an Amazon gift card to offset the cost of your next electronics purchase. Their trade-in program accepts items such as textbooks, Kindle eBook readers, cell phones, tablets, Bluetooth speakers, and video games. Free shipping is available for items you wish to trade, but it could take up to two days to receive a status update once your item has arrived for inspection.

Samsung Trade-In Program

If you're a Samsung fan, its trade-in program can help you upgrade your device for less. They're currently offering up to $300 off a Galaxy S9 or Note8 in exchange for select devices. You'll have to send your device in to receive the credit, but you can download the Shop Samsung App to get an estimate of your device's trade-in value.

Apple Trade-In Program

Consider the Apple trade-in program if you're looking to do an iPhone or iPad trade-in. All you have to do is request a prepaid trade-in kit or visit an Apple Store to receive an offer. Upon acceptance, you'll be given an Apple Store gift card or store credit to be used toward your next purchase. (Note: Computer trade-in is only available online).

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Don't like the quote you received from Apple? Then check out Itemcycle. This online platform lets you sell your Apple products for cash (deposited via PayPal) or check.

GameStop Trade-In Program

Gamers can take advantage of GameStop's trade-in program by turning their old consoles and video games into cash or store credit. GameStop also accepts gaming accessories and select electronics, including phones and tablets. You can visit a GameStop location to get started.

Other Online Trade-In Options


Hoping to get rid of your used electronics? With the BuyBackWorld online trade-in platform, you can receive cash directly deposited to your bank or PayPal account, a check, or a prepaid debit card in as little as two business days. You also have the option of receiving a BuyBackWorld gift card to be used on future purchases. They currently buy back over 30,000 products across more than 25 categories.


GreenBuyback accepts just about any type of electronic item you can think of. Similar to other trade-in programs, they allow you to get a free quote online and cover the cost of shipping, should you decide to accept the offer. But what makes GreenBuyback stand out is its ability to issue payments in less than 24 hours after receiving your item. And they even buy in bulk, if you have several items you'd like to sell at once.

Not looking for a gift card? BuyBackWorld and Decluttr will deposit money directly into your bank or PayPal account.


Decluttr is another fee-free way to sell your stuff online. They accept CDs, DVDs, games, books, several types of electronics, and even LEGOs. Once your item is received, payments are issued through direct deposit or PayPal within one business day.


Gazelle currently buys back cell phones, tablets, MacBooks and Mac computers, iPods, and Apple TVs. If your item is worth at least $1, they'll cover the shipping and issue your funds via an Amazon gift card, PayPal, or check upon receipt of your item. You can also trade in phones, tablets, and MP3 players at one of their ecoATM kiosks to receive cash right away.


SellCell.com is a popular price comparison site for phone trade-ins. It can help you score the most cash for your old cell phone, tablet, smartwatch, or other electronic device. To get the best deal when selling your phone, it's often necessary to shop around, as prices from the different buyback companies can vary by a lot. SellCell can save you time and hassle by showing you prices from up to 25 of the leading buyback companies in one place.

To use SellCell, search for your phone model or other electronic device; select the item's network, condition, etc.; and then you'll see how much trade-in money you can get from different companies. Once you select which one you want to use, you'll be directed to the site to complete the transaction.

Readers, have you used any of these trade-in programs? How was your experience? Let us know in the comments below.

DealNews Contributing Writer

After spending several years as a governmental accountant, Allison transitioned into the world of freelance writing. Her work has appeared on on a number of reputable sites, including The Wall Street Journal, Investopedia, Daily Finance, MSN Money, and Credit.com.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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