eBay shutting down electronics trade-in program

Mar 6, 2013
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Trade-in programs are a dime a dozen nowadays, and it seems that eBay is doing us all a favor and killing one of its own in order to cut down the number of them floating around on the internet. eBay's Instant Sale trade-in program -- where users can trade in their electronics for a set amount of cash -- is shutting its doors.

eBay recently underwent a redesign, and it seems that the company is continuing to streamline its service, with the removal of the trade-in program. However, it doesn't seem to be a lack of sales that gave Instant Sale the ax, since around four million offers were submitted since the service launched in 2011.

Rather, eBay says that they discontinued the trade-in program "based on the results of recent eBay selling pilots," as well as the company's "development of more simplified and personalized selling experiences." Instead, eBay will "continue to focus on developing new, simplified and streamlined mobile and online selling experiences," but are working to explore different selling options for the future.

However, there are numerous other trade-in programs that you can take advantage of if you're looking to quickly get some cash for your electronics, Gazelle being a popular option, as well as Glyde and NextWorth. If you're looking to get more money out of your items, though, consider Craigslist or an actual eBay auction, where even after the selling fees, items can fetch for a competitive price.

[via TechCrunch]


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