Archive for November, 2012

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday, I sure did! If you read my last entry, Leggo my Eco, I had held a contest among my friends and family to either re-sell or donate their electronics to help erase our e-waste. I must say I had a wonderful time because many people were excited about the purpose. Unfortunately, I wanted to post a picture of the winners but let’s say they are not camera friendly. Enjoy the generic ones.     😉

The contest brought in many older models of cellphones, even ones that still light up, have replaceable face plates, cracked screens, taped battery cover, and the list goes on.  There were some older/slightly newer appliances given away during last weeks contest that was not broke but will be donated to several organizations selected that would be put to good use.

I also found that back in 2009, Cleantech Recycler created what is called, EcoATM, which won $20, 000 first place award in the 10th annual,  “PitchFest” business plan competition. And in November, Coinstar named ecoATM as the winner of its “Big Idea” contest which included a $10, 000 check that was presented to ecoATM’s Mark Bowles at the KioskCom Self Service Expo in New York.

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I encourage everyone to think about the effects of our electronics and take those tips offered from the last blog regarding erasing e-waste. There are benefits. I guess you could say a win-win for everyone. I am waiting on my fat check for a total of $98.14 for my re-sell of two phones, and 1 old camera.  The top winner from the contest re-sold 5 phones, and a gaming electronic for a total of $247.02 and donated 2 cellphones to our military troops and to 911 for senior citizens to use for an emergency. The top winner for donations gave away several appliances and a few electronics that have been donated to several charity organizations in the Dallas area.  I feel like justice has been served and my efforts justified.

I will post all of my accomplishments during my journey that started in September later on this week. I hope you feel empowered to make those important changes as well to save our future generations from such unneccessary consumption and environmental concerns regarding landfills. I could go on and on, especially after seeing a special about coal ash on MSNBC.  WE can do this…one cellphone, one contribution, one change at a time!

MB

I’m baaaaccccckkk…sorry for the late update I realized my posting was saved in the drafts and not published this week, but you will enjoy this one. I spent a lot of time researching how I can put money back into my friends and family’s wallet, who donated their electronics over the last week. I made a spreadsheet of all the items they donated and amazing to see  A LOT of old cellphones. Not surprised we all now the average life of a cellphone is around 18 months. I am having a contest amongst those who participated in my efforts to erase e-waste. I am giving away two $25 gift card to the winners that gets top dollar for their re-sell of electronics and who donates the most electronics/appliances [ends Nov 22nd]. I know, I know I am generous but this is a business and without incentive you will not get too much engagement from others. Plus I calculated up my savings on what I found that I could re-sell but before I get into numbers let’s talk about how we can give back to our community with your electronics as well as save our environment from toxic pollution. Discarded cell phones account for nearly 65,000 tons of toxic waste each year. Cell phone recycling is critical because each improperly disposed cell phone can pollute up to 132,000 liters of water.

Do something about it, are you ready? This is how you can help-

Enjoy the list of places where your contribution is priceless:

  1. Even without a wireless service plan, donated cell phones are reusable because any working mobile phone can dial a 911 call center (an FCC requirement). As a result, recycled cell phones can be used as emergency lifelines for:
    •    senior centers
    •    senior citizens living alone, who are especially vulnerable to accidents
    •    senior citizens with disabilities and limited incomes, who are especially vulnerable to elder abuse (physical abuse, assault, exploitation, or neglect.
  2. Habitat for Humanity – Your old appliances could make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate. Visit the Habitat for Humanity website to find out how, or contact them at 1-800-HABITAT.
  3. American Council for the Blind – Help the blind and visually impaired gain independence by donating appliances to the ACB (American Council for the Blind). Visit their website or contact them at 1-800-866-3242 for more information.
  4. The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army has thrift stores all across the country and do a great deal to help the less fortunate. To find out more about how to donate used appliances through this organization, visit their website or schedule a pickup (1-800-SA-TRUCK).
  5. Battered women’s shelter – Abused women can find a safe haven at the local women’s shelter, which will oftentimes lead to relocating to a permanent residence. Due to the nature of this organization, you will likely have to contact your local police department to get information on how to contact them to get information on how to make a donation.
  6. Homeless shelter – Another great way to donate used appliances is through a local homeless shelter. Visit the Homeless Shelter Directory to find out where one is located near you. (Local area-DALLAS LIFE)

Check out this link as another resource to get involved for a safer community: http://www.securethecall.org/get-involved/ and receive pre-paid mailing labels for shipping for phone directly to Secure the Call. Guess what you can also get a tax deduction form as well!!!! I particularly like the fact that they are able to convert your old cellphone for use of 911 Emergency services only, AND they have VOLUNTEER opportunities. Sounds good, aye!

I am feeling so philanthropic right now, buuuuutttt it never hurts to get a little something back for what you paid for so here is the secret in making money from the re-sell of your electronics.

First, I will tell you about my experience of the re-sell of my Blackberry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile and how I was able to maximize my profit. Now my Blackberry 7105T is on the list to be donated. If you are familiar with RIM, you will understand that phone is several years old, several.

     Top 5 websites for making money from your old, unused electronics such as; Iphones, Laptops, DVDs/Blue-rays, Calculators, Game Consoles, Cameras and much more… Shop around just like everything else!

1. http://nextworth.com/    Quote- Blackberry Bold 9700 for $31.55    Also partnered with Target -check websites for locations to trade for Target gift cards 😉 Love Tar’ge

2. http://cashforgadgets.com/    Quote- Blackberry Bold 9700 for $55.

3. http://www.usell.com/       Re-directed my quote for the Blackberry Bold 9700 for $69.50 which recommended me to #2 ???

4. http://www.gazelle.com/ Quote Blackberry Bold 9700 for $38.00

5. http://www.pacebutler.com/  Did not feel like filling out pre-paid label just needed a quote 😦

All you have to do is complete a small questionnaire about the condition of your phone or electronic. Happy shopping all, oh and buy (lol) the way #1 gives you a $10 gift card to retailers like Starbucks for every friend you referred to trade on their website. (((Starbucks=Sold!))))

I left you a small advertisement for your pleasure, if you save make sure you a leave comment and share the good news…I appreciate your efforts in trying to leggo my eco!

 

MB