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Planning to Sell Your Laptop? But What Happens To It?

At Cash In Your Gadgets we don’t just recycle old gadgets, if your laptop is in a good working condition, what reason would there be to break it down and recycle every part? Here’s what happens when you sell your laptop to Cash In Your Gadgets

The Sorting Process

When laptops, Mac’s and desktops arrived at our facilities, we have to assess each device. At this point, a decision is made whether it can be used, or if it needs recycling. Devices are so well built nowadays they are often scrapped because they have slowed down rather than completely broken.

Recycle, Repair and Re-use

Part of recycling is also repairing and re-using; even when a laptop has a little damage or a faulty part we have the ability to fix them. Due to the volume of computers we have passing through our doors we have plenty of spare parts.

Unfortunately, sometimes computers will come to us in a condition which cannot be saved; from worn out components to beaten up shells. However, these laptops can be harvested for useful parts before the remaining computer is recycled.

Why Repairing A Computer Is Important

Repairing a working computer is vital to ensure those who can’t necessarily afford a brand new PC has the opportunity to purchase some of the latest technology.

Our repaired laptops often end up in schools, charities and companies which require technology without the price tag of the most modern devices.

When you sell us your laptop, whether its recycled or repaired we can guarantee it goes towards a greener planet. It prevents the need for new resources being mined to create new devices, and it prevents your old gadgets ending up in a landfill.

So if you’re looking to sell your laptop visit to organise a collection of your PC. It’s quick, simple and will go towards a greener planet.



Sell A Laptop To A Reputable Company

While we hope you’ve already chosen Cash In Your Gadgets to sell a laptop to; we know there are lots of ways to do it.

This story is a few months old but with so many ways to recycle your old laptop out there we thought it is worth highlighting the importance of using a reputable company to sell your laptop to.

Always Use A Reputable Company If You Plan To Sell A Laptop

5 months ago the news broke that a lady who lived in Cornwall took her laptop to be recycled; several weeks later she was contacted by a gentleman who had found all of her personal data (including photos).

So how did her laptop end up being sold without her knowledge? When Ms Davies dropped the laptop off at the recycling centre she was advised to put it in the corner with other electrical devices. She assumed they would all be destroyed appropriately which is why they were in a pile.

The gentleman had purchased the second-hand hard disk from a local company who had somehow got hold of the device. The hard drive contained all of her documents and pictures; this potentially exposed Ms Davies to fraud and other crimes.

Keeping Your Personal Data Secure

It’s alarming how much information the gentleman could find on the device, yet its fortunate it fell into responsible hands. Most of us work on our laptops day in and day out; they contain our whole lives from email accounts to personal documents and online banking.

The Moral Of The Story

Always wipe your laptop before you recycle it. If you have devices laying around, don’t just take it to the recycling centre, they may be making money out of your old devices which you could be earning.

Always use a reputable laptop recycling company; at Cash In Your Gadgets we pay for your old devices, we also wipe your device when it arrives to ensure your data is never shared. We know it’s not always easy to know how to clean your device so we act as a back up using military grade software.

We strive to always give you a fair price for your device; this includes the protection of your data so once you sell it, you don’t have to worry about a random person setting up facebook profiles with your 2016 holiday snaps from Ibiza.



Olympic Medals To Be Made Out Of Recycled Gadgets

While most companies are talking about going green; the Olympics in Tokyo is truly taking it to the next level with medals made from recycled laptops.

All the medals in the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo next year will be made from recycled electronic waste. This discarded waste will include mobiles, laptops, desktops and handheld games consoles.

The news hit headlines last Friday, but with Brexit hogging the limelight it seemed to go quite unnoticed. Officials said they expect to be able to collect enough old electronic devices by the end of March to be able to extract the required amount of Gold, Silver and bronze required to make all the medals awaded during the Olympics.

Starting Your Own Medal Production

Unfortunately, if you have a stack of devices you won’t be able to create yourself a stack of medals any time soon.

Since the plan was first discussed 19 months ago organisers have managed to collect around 47,500 tons of devices which were either recycled or thrown out.

The required amount to create the medals is 30.3kg of gold, 4,100kg of silver and 2,700kg of bronze.

Surprisingly it’s not the first Olympics that this recycling method has been utilized. In 2016 during the Rio Olympics, it’s thought that around 30% of some of the silver and bronze medals were created from recycled materials. In 2020 it will, however, be the first time organisers have utilized old laptops and computers for Gold.

Thousands of Recycled Computers and Laptops result in hundreds of medals

Throughout the Olympics there are around 306 medals distributed; that’s a vast number of electronic devices which are no longer filling up landfills and destroying the planet.

While you may not have enough technology stuffed in a draw to make multiple Olympic medals. You do have the ability to save the planet; by recycling your devices one at a time, you are able to help stop the mining of new materials. You can also make quite a bit of extra cash by selling your old laptops to Cash In Your Gadgets.