Back Market – a company that sells refurbished electrical devices online – has launched a service that allows consumers to sell old smartphones, tablets and MacBooks directly to its official refurbisher partners.
The ‘Trade In’ service is part of the B Corp business’s efforts to promote and support more circular consumerism.
Consumers looking to take advantage of the service can share information about the model, the condition of the case, screen, and the functionality of the device before receiving a direct quote for the trade-in if it is of interest to the refurbishers.
Back Market officially became a B Corp in April this year. Now by allowing people to sell old smartphones and other devices it is boosting its circular credentials further.
Katy Medlock, UK general manager for Back Market, said: “People could be making as much as £3,700 from the phones and tablets hiding away in their messy drawers, as well as doing something good for the environment at the same time.
“That’s why we’ve launched Trade-in by Back Market, a place where you can sell your unused or damaged smartphones, tablets, and MacBooks. You can also swap your unused or damaged smartphones for a ‘new’ refurbished device.”
She added: “If somebody wants to live more sustainably, needs to get rid of some unused tech or just needs some cash, either way it is a great opportunity for anyone to do something good by simply giving their unused tech devices a second chance at life.”
Earlier this year, Back Market announced its head of sustainability, Camille Richard, will now report to the chief financial officer (CFO), saying that the switch highlights the importance of sustainability in driving business growth.
Back Market’s change in reporting structure has aligned financial performance with long-term sustainability objectives, increasing the visibility and influence of the sustainability team across the business.
Other companies offering trade-in services allowing people to sell old smartphones and other electricals include Spring and musicMagpie.
Green Retail World recently tested the musicMagpie phone return service which is available in Asda stores across the UK. You can watch the video here, which has already received more than 2,500 views.
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