Selling Cell Phones for Cash: Our Experience

My husband and I recently realized we had two old iPhones taking up valuable space in our office. So, just like I tell my clients to simplify, we went about the task of finding new homes for our out-dated phones. Since they were still in good condition and worth money, our goal was to find a reputable buyer. Here is what we discovered! I have two very different stories to tell.

Selling Cell Phones for Cash

We sold one phone to Cash for Laptops (also called Cash for iPhones). We should have been forewarned by poor customer reviews. To be fair, we received a nice box to send the phone via USPS mail and we were paid promptly with a check. However, it was far less than the value of the phone! I would have gladly sold it to Apple for a iTunes gift card, instead of a measly $14. Yes, that is all I received for my iPhone 4 from Cash for Laptops. Another drawback, we never spoke to a real person. It was all handled with email communication.

After that disappointing experience, we searched for a more personable buyer and found Tech Twice in Hillsboro, a locally-owned company that has been buying back textbooks for over a decade, with their program Cash4Books. Their most recent venture is buying smart phones and iPads. Our transaction started with email, moved to phone communication, and finally a visit to their store on Amberwood Drive. Once the helpful staff showed me how to disconnect a device from my husband’s Apple ID account and restore to factory settings, we were able to proceed with selling his iPhone 4S. Twenty minutes later after a diagnostic check, I walked out with $95 cash! Best of all, we received a hand-written thank you note for our business. Compared to selling the first phone, dealing with Tech Twice was a pleasant and easy experience. (I cannot guarantee you will receive the same amount or more from any cell phone buyer.)

thank you from Tech Twice

The hand-written thank you note we received from Tech Twice.

I don’t promote companies often in my articles, but I was so impressed with the service we received from Tech Twice, I thought it was important to pass along this helpful information to my clients and readers.

If you want to skip the selling process altogether, you can just recycle your phone at these locations.

  • Multnomah County Libraries – Yes, that’s right. Multnomah County has teamed up with the Wireless Alliance to offer free recycling collection boxes for cell phones at all library locations.
  • Portland Women’s Crisis Line – Do something good with your old phone! Survivors of domestic violence are given recycled phones to use in case of an 911 emergency.
  • Far West Fibers – Recycle all types of electronics at Far West Fibers locations, including cell phones.
Have you tried selling a phone? What was your experience?
I’d love to hear your story as well!

Where Do I Take My Stuff? Part 2

My third most read newsletter of all time was titled Where Do I Take My Stuff? Apparently, my readers and clients want to know about trusted places to discard their unwanted belongings. Here it is again with a couple of new additions. Whether you are a new or long-time reader, enjoy!

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Lately I’ve been extolling the virtues of downsizing and letting go of clutter. One of my astute readers asked where to take her stuff after de-cluttering. That’s a great question!

Here is a list from my website of organizations and companies that I regularly work with in my business. They resell or give away your usable donations to benefit needy families, contribute to their local neighborhoods, or protect the environment. Most of them are non-profits and would appreciate your “stuff”. Check out their websites to learn more.

  • Community Warehouse – Please consider donating your “give-aways” to this wonderful Portland-based organization that gives household items to needy families for free.
  • Oregon E-Cycles – electronics recycling
  • Rubbish Works – a Northwest-based company with local franchises
  • Dough Nation – Earn tax deductions by using this Portland donation services company.
  • Scrap – Donate reusable art, craft and office supplies with this environmentally-friendly Portland company.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore – Accepts flooring, tile, doors, windows, lighting, cabinets, and appliances for resale to build affordable homes for needy families.
  • The Rebuilding Center – Accepts the region’s largest volume of used building and remodeling materials, providing resources for the benefit of local communities.
  • Far West Fibers – Recycling center for variety of materials, including paper, glass, plastics, and electronics.
  • Portland Women’s Crisis Line – Do something good with your old cell phone! Survivors of domestic violence are given recycled phones to use in case of an 911 emergency.

Free your mind and spaces by reducing what you have. Then, give it away to these worthy organizations. Not only will your home look better, but you’ll feel better knowing that your things went to people who really need them.

Six Quick Tips

This week, I gave a presentation to a high school home economics class about organizing. We talked about homework organizing, paper organizing, and dorm room organizing. I also wanted them to remember at least one simple thought that could help de-clutter any space. So I shared my quick tips, which are useful in any area of the home or office. Follow these six simple rules, and see your spaces transformed from disordered chaos to organized beauty!

  • Only keep what is beautiful and useful to you. If you only applied one rule, I believe this one could help the most. A majority of disorganization problems come from keeping too much. Let go of things that are not valuable to you!
  • If you haven’t used it in a year, toss it, recycle it, or give it away. Similar to the first one, this tip helps you recognize you won’t use that ancient tool within the next 5 years.
  • Everything should have a home. If it doesn’t, find one. After using an item, return it to its rightful home.
  • Handle it once. This tip applies well to paper. Make a decision about what to do with it and only touch it one time.
  • If the task takes less than two minutes, do it now. Postponing small tasks just creates more clutter. If it only takes a short time, it’s worth doing now.
  • Label, label, label. Labeling that box for the garage, or container for the closet, or leftovers in the refrigerator is worth your time. You will find it easier later.