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Best Places or Services to sell your New and Used Smartphones in India

A decade ago people in India used to buy feature phones, and they were all the fun during the initial days of mobile telephony. Let me take you back to your first feature phone purchase. Got little nostalgic? You must be a 90’s Kid (or 80’s, don’t argue). The point is that when we used to purchase phones during that era the only option to sell it back was offline, either to your friend/family member or to the second-hand retailer. There were limitations to the things we use to do around a decade ago.

But now you have got the internet; it is the times when we see tons of online exclusive smartphones. So, naturally, you might be searching for how to get rid of your old smartphone online. Well, then, you are on the right path. We just happen to know everything about selling old as well as your brand new devices too. Although, first you should know why you should sell your old smartphone.

Why You Should Sell Your Old Smartphone

The foremost reason to sell your smartphone should be concerned with the environment. If you don’t use your mobile device for prolong period, the electronics circuits’ gets rusty as well all because of the battery. Once the batteries on the mobile devices start to decay it affects the environment and thus comes back to haunt the humans living near e-dumps. Assocham (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry) has released reports regarding E-Waste India produces; the government body estimates that India would be product close to 130 million tons of E-Waste by 2018.

Currently, there are thousands of cases reported at the hospital, which is one or other way linked to the cause of respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis. Approximately 40% of e-waste accounts for the lead while other remaining metals such as mercury prove harmful when they pollute ground water, air as well as become the leading cause of soil acidification. Exposure to such contaminated air and water damages our nervous system as well other body parts such as kidney, brain, blood, lungs, heart, liver, etc. So, that’s why it is advised to sell your old handset that is lying in some corner of your house. Don’t let it prove harmful to people living in your place or even surroundings.

Where to Sell Your Smartphone Online

Selling your handset online these days have become quite an easy task all thanks to the services that have come up in these past couples of years. You can either choose to sell on the websites like eBay, OLX, and Quikr where you can create your separate listings. It is like the classifieds you see in the newspaper, where you give product description, approximate amount and then negotiate on the call. Different services offer different things, OLX and Quikr are more useful if the buyer and seller are in the same region. Otherwise, eBay is the best option as you get some assurance for shipment to another city in the country. On top of that, eBay is a good place to sell your new smartphone as well. Make sure you mention in the listing if it’s a sealed or unsealed box. Goodwill will get you good ratings on the website.

Now talking about an alternative, there are a couple of e-waste management services that claims to use recycling technology to dispose safely of the e-waste without harming the environment. Attero is one such firm based out of Noida, who claims to use NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) recognized technology to recycle materials out of the e-waste. The company touts that it is the only company in India that can extract pure metals including gold, silver, copper, etc. from the e-waste. According to some facts on company’s official website, currently, India generates 2.7 million tons of electronic waste, which makes it fifth largest e-waste generator in the world. It is not a good thing since most of the country’s e-waste is not properly disposed of rather dumped at various locations.

That is why we should dispose of our old smartphone with companies like this. To make this easier for consumers, who are looking to sell/dispose of their handsets, the company has set up a TAKE BACK operation. The first step includes getting a quote for your device based upon some queries including the working condition, invoice, accessories, etc. Once you have got the quote and is satisfied, you can request a free door step collection of the device. Once the device is received and inspected, you will get paid for the amount quoted. Note Attero has a separate website named Atterobay where you can sell your old and new smartphones.

Know that there are lots of companies that would claim to give services related to Attero, in some cases minus e-waste management. The name includes Cashify (Formerly Reglobe), Gobol, Karma Recycling, etc. Happy Recycling!

Note: We are not liable for any damages done if you have done transactions with any of the above-listed websites. We do not endorse any of these websites.

By Vishal Toshiwal on Tuesday 9th of Aug 2016


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