How to Recycle, Donate or Resell Your Walking Gadgets

Ways to Reuse or Recycle Walking Gadgets

Fitness Gadgets Ready to Recycle
Fitness Gadgets Ready to Recycle. Wendy Bumgardner ©

What do you do with your old pedometer when you adopt the latest fitness band or decide to trust your smartphone pedometer app? Do you have a digital camera or MP3 player you haven't used since you started snapping selfies and listening to tunes with your smartphone? How about your mobile phone itself, do you sell it or hang onto it as it loses all of its value?

Nik Raman, COO of says 42% of Americans suffer from "Extreme Gadget Obesity," hanging onto unused gadgets.

His company polled 1000 Americans and found:

  • 42% kept unused gadgets for at least two years and may never dispose of them.
  • 10% get rid of unused gadgets 7 months to a year after they stop using them.
  • 30% of American keep old gadgets for one to six months before disposing of them.

There was a distinct gender difference, men were inclined to sell their unused gadgets while women were more likely to dispose of them as part of cleaning out household clutter.

Tossing Gadgets in the Trash - Bad Idea
Electronic gadgets contain potentially toxic metals and materials, including lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and plastics. If they have a battery, it also may have acid and other corrosive materials.  Meanwhile, they may contain valuable metals such as gold, silver, palladium, copper, zinc and tin that can be recovered and reused. Rather than sending these components to the landfill, it is better to find a new owner who can continue to use it or to turn it in to a responsible recycler.


Recycling Gadgets
Best Buy is one major retailer that is happy to receive your old electronics, including pedometers and heart rate monitors, and then they will see that they are recycled. This makes it an easy one-stop process. Just gather up anything you haven't used that is outdated and take them down to Best Buy, although they may have a limit on the number per day they accept.


Donating Gadgets
If a gadget is still usable, it can be donated to charity. It will have the best resale and reuse value for the charity if you can include the charger (if any) and the instruction manual or original packaging.

Mobile phones are often collected to be used by women in domestic violence shelters and for soldiers and veterans or for use in developing countries. If you need to dispose of an older cell phone, that is a good option. 

Pass Them On
While it may seem like everyone wants the latest fitness band, plenty of people are happy with gadgets that don't need a smartphone for syncing. An unused pedometer or band might be perfect for children, elders or friends. Keep your ears open for when friends ask how they can get started counting their steps. If you want to speed up the process, send out a message via social media to see who wants it.

Sell Your Unused Gadgets
If you have gadgets that still have some value, you may try selling them online via Craigslist or at a rummage sale.

Again, it is best to have the instruction manual, original packaging and a charger (if needed) for the best resale value.

Selling Your Smartphone
Smartphones have some retail value for three to five years, according to Nic Raman of For Apple phones, they lose half of their value each year. By 2015, an iPhone 3 GS is only worth a couple of dollars, the iPhone 4 under $100 while the 5s and 6 could resell for hundreds. He says to think about selling your phone the moment you get your new one rather than hanging onto it.

Raman's company, makes it easy to sell used mobile phones. They provide an instant price and a free shipping kit to package the phone and send it to them. They act as the middleman for professional buyers who will find a new home for your old device.

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