There are more mobile phones in the UK than people!
Asda has launched a trade-in service for second-hand gadgets. The Asda Tech Trade-in accepts mobile phones, satnavs, digital cameras, MP3 players and portable games consoles, and from June customers will be able to trade in larger electronic goods such as laptops, tablets and games consoles. Freepost Jiffy envelopes will be available in-store from the same date.
The service is backed by a promise that Asda will not be beaten on price by Mazuma, Envirofone, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Boots. If the customer can show that Asda’s price is not the best offer in 24 hours, it will pay the difference.
Typical prices today include £20.01 for a TomTom XL Classic Regional satnav, £30.01 for a Sony Cyber-shot DSC S980 digital camera, and £14.01 for a Blackberry 8300.
Helping UK to become greener.
The gadgets will be resold or recycled by specialist firms, which extract rare metals for use in other devices. Recycling, refurbishing or repairing these items is a way to give a second life to the electrical equipment laying passively in the drawers.
- 35m old mobile phones,
- 11m digital cameras,
- 9m PCs,
- 5.5m laptops,
- 12m outdated games consoles and
- more than a million redundant satnavs lying around British houses. The trade-in value of mobile phones alone is thought to be in the region of £700m.