Asda are the latest company to try and persuade consumers to sell them their old consumer electronics instead of listing them on eBay. They’ve launched Asda Tech Trade where you can recycle your unwanted products for a small monetary remuneration.
Currently eBay UK doesn’t have a buy back program, although there is one in the US called . As with every other company I’ve seen who buy your old electronics you’re financially better off simply listing them on eBay or even a classified ads site such as Gumtree.
There are a host of companies out there in the UK willing to buy your unwanted upgraded kit, but Asda say that they’ll check five of the main UK competitors – Mazuma, Envirofone, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Boots – and beat them on price.
I checked out the price for my old HTC Magic mobile phone and Asda are offering me just £40.08 for it (I dread to think how little the other sites offer). On eBay they appear to quite happily fetch well over £50.00 – a minimum 25% increase in price.
If you can’t be bothered to list your items on eBay, then Asda appears to be a good bet if you want the easy option, but if you don’t mind the intricacies of listing on eBay then you’ll get the best return by selling your products yourself.