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Where to Exchange or Upgrade Used Iphones and Electronic Gadgets

Used cars aren’t the only things brought in to exchange for a new one at lower costs. Electronic gadgets now have several major retailers with buy back programs for a consumer looking to upgrade their electronic lives with new phones or other gadgets.

Stores with Buy Back or Trade- in Electronic Programs

The following stores invite the buyer to return the used item and receive credit toward a new one. Those seeking used items also have the advantage of a constant influx of gadgets, refurbished when needed, at a lower cost. The program benefits the buyers for savings and the stores for foot traffic.

• Target has a trade in program for all type cell phones as well as other devices.
• Radio Shack will buy back used iphones and other devices.
• Wal-Mart includes digital cameras, iPods, iPods, and iPhones computers in their purchase exchange program. The service is in store. The online program is through Gazelle.
• Office Depot includes printer products.
• Staples is similar to Office Depot.
• Kmart has an online and real store program. Inquire first since they often change their deals.
• Sears has an electronic trade in program and even offers gold and diamond buy back exchange program for jewelry to keep choppers returning.
• Check out the retail store where the gadget was purchased such as T-Mobile, Apple or Verizon
• Dell takes back its products.

Online sites exchange or sell mobile phones, computers and videogames

The above retailers work with different online sites. Although the buyer/seller of electronic goods can go the site themselves, often the convenience of the store doing the work is the enticement. The advantage of going it alone online is a reduction of the middleman and thus savings in the exchange. Here are some online sites to check out.

• Craigslist is a good local or national site to find and trade used gadgets. There is a trust factor involved when it’s individual buyer to buyer so use caution in dealing.
• Nextworth will work with stores and individuals for a fair price.
• The Gateway trade in program for Gateway Products.
• Ebay is the grand daddy of doing it yourself auction sites but also works with the above mentioned physical stores.
• Amazon has a trade-in of virtually any product, electronic or otherwise including games, videos, and the common electronic programs.
• Gazelle works with the retailer and can be used by individuals.
• Exchange will recycle many electronic items.
• Electronic device chat forums such as vr-zone.com and of the manufacturer of the item to be exchanged or upgraded
• Yourenew.com is an online site.
• Techforward.com has a buy back program with an initial join fee
• EcoNew is similar to tech forward with a sign-up program.
• Buymytronics.com offers cash for trade-ins of decent electronic items.
• BestBuytradein.com works with Best Buy
• Cashforlaptops.com is self-explanatory.
• Gamestop is very popular with its game genre and has an active message board.
• Costco has an extensive trade in or trade up a program for monitors, cell phones, blu-ray and more.

Bartering and exchanging services is another way to save money or acquire cheap products. These programs not only help save cash but also play a role in the green energy saving waste reduction programs needed to keep the earth cleaner on a small scale.


Video Game Scholarships for Women

Sony, ESA Offering Money for Minorities Entering Games Industry

In an effort to make the video games industry more diverse, Sony and the Entertainment Software Association have set up new scholarship funds which offer thousands of dollars to women and minorities interested in pursuing certain video games fields.

Surveys Reveal Women’s Thoughts on Games Industry

The drive to create new scholarship funds was inspired by recent findings of a survey conducted by Sony Online. The survey, conducted among females enrolled in video games programs at certain Art Institute schools, found that 61% of students believe women are turned away from careers in the games industry because of its domination by males. And yet, having more women in the games industry field could be quite beneficial, since 38% of video game players are women, and since 35% of the students surveyed want to make games more geared toward women.

Sony’s Scholarship Fund

Thus, companies like Sony are now offering new scholarships for women. Sony’s scholarship contest will grant up to $10,000 in tuition money to a woman who is already enrolled in an Art Institute school. The scholarship will require applicants to complete two essays and submit interesting in-game design and concept art. In addition to receiving money, the winner will also receive a 10 week paid internship at Sony Online.

ESA’s Scholarship Fund

The Entertainment Software Association has also set up a new scholarship fund, but is offering its scholarship to minorities as well as women. The ESA scholarship only requires that applicants be fully enrolled in an undergraduate college or university, though they must be planning on entering a video games school. The Foundation is accepting applications, and will be awarding fifteen $3,000 scholarships in all.

Goal of the Scholarship Programs

Sony and the Entertainment Software Association are optimistic that the new scholarships will increase the diversity of the video games industry.

As Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA said, “We hope these scholarships will encourage students to pursue careers in this growing and lucrative field. We offer this program to help create our industry’s next generation who will boost the industry’s creative capital with new and unique approaches.”

Those interested in creating video games but not quite ready to make the commitment to a full-time education may also be interested in Microsoft’s Xbox Live Community Games program, which allows gamers to create their own games and put them online for others to download for a low price.