We all have one: an old iPod, sitting there unused, cast aside like an unwanted stepchild. It may have gotten broken. The battery may have died. You may have simply moved on to a newer iPod. With over 220 million sold since 2001, it’s inevitable that there are quite a few lying around.
So what do you do if you want to get rid of them?
Assuming you don’t want to go the easy, environment harming way and throw it away like regular trash, you can recycle your iPod or sell it to fellow gadget lovers. Not only is this better for the earth, but it’s an easy way to net some cash, too. But which options are best for reselling your old iPod? Here’s a rundown.
Still the dominant online auction site, eBay remains a reliable resource for getting rid of unwanted stuff.Used iPods are so popular on the site that they have their own category. For those who already have an account, eBay is perhaps the most convenient path.
A quick perusal of the site reveals wildly varying prices based on model, age, condition, and even color. The newest iPod Touchs are listed at up to $120. Older models are obviously cheaper, with one nonworking 1st Gen iPod Classic (yea, the pre scroll wheel kind) going for a mere $29.95.
Not as well known as eBay, NextWorth is a site dedicated to buying old electronics. With a custom webapp that you can use to specif model, condition, and types of accessories, the entire process is ridiculously easy. Beware, though: You may not be getting the prices you want. A new in box, fully functional First Gen iPod Classic with all the acessories is quoted at 18.55. A brand spanking new 32 GB 3rd Gen iPod Touch runs for $147.45.
Small Dog Electronics
Here’s a twist: Instead of giving you money, electronics store Small Dog instead lets you trade in your old iPod for store credit, similar to a Gamestop. Prices are pretty straight forward based on model and storage size, with iPod Classics running from $70-$120, Touches from $80-$250, and Nanos from $35 (for the 3G)-$75 (for the 4G). There’s no “partial credit”- if your iPod passes the test, you get the money specified for that type. If you care less about cold hard cash and more about upgrading to a new iPod, this is a good option.
Read more about iPod trade-in programs: about.com