Old laptops might be redundant technology-wise, but if recycled might still be worth a few bucks. Nevada-based Cash For Laptops has launched a campaign encouraging computer users worldwide to sell laptops they no longer use rather than throwing them in the trash and contributing to the mounting global problem of e-waste.
According to Cash For Laptops, the company will accept any laptops and notebook computers, whether in working condition or not. Cash For Laptops will accept both small and large lots of laptops — whether an individual looking to get rid of one computer, or a company with many machines to dispose of.
The company says there are four user-friendly steps to getting cash for old laptops and notebook computers. First, the seller needs to visit the Cash For Laptops Web site and fill out an online quote form. Questions on the form include brand name, model, LCD screen size and problem areas in the machine. The seller then gets an instant quote.
If the seller chooses to accept the quote, the next step is to fill out a shipping form. Cash For Laptops then mails a shipping label and pre-paid box to the seller. Laptops can either be dropped off at any UPS location or picked up by the package delivery company.
Technicians at Cash For Laptops fully erase and reformat each and every hard disk in the laptops it buys before processing machines. The company then sends out a check payment on the following business day.
Founded in 2001, Cash For Laptops is essentially extending the life of laptops.
“When a laptop is no longer of use to its owner, the most practical and environmentally sensible solution is to sell that laptop,” said Dave Kruch, CEO at Cash For Laptops, in a statement. “If you're replacing an old laptop, selling it makes profoundly more sense than throwing it away. One, you can get some cash for it, and two, when you sell your laptop it helps alleviate a rapidly expanding waste issue.”
Kruch added that the sellers can expect a quick turnaround from the time the laptop is received to the time they get their check.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2005 alone, used or unwanted electronics amounted to between 1.9 and 2.2 million tons. Of that, roughly 1.5 -1.9 million tons were primarily discarded in landfills, and only 345,000-379,000 tons were recycled. Even the recycling process is not without its problems since it is believed that most laptops are sent to developing nations that effectively serve as dumping grounds for e-waste.
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