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ecoATM vs Best Buy Trade-Ins

Are you looking to upgrade your electronics and get the best value for your old devices? Trading in your used device can be a great way to offset the cost of your new purchase. But with so many options, it can be overwhelming to decide where to trade in. Two of the most popular options are ecoATM and Best Buy Trade In. 

  • How Best Buy Trade-Ins Work
  • How ecoATM Works
  • Reasons to Choose ecoATM

In this article, we'll compare and contrast the benefits of trading in with ecoATM and Best Buy Trade In, and help you make an informed decision that's best for you.

How Best Buy Trade-Ins Work

Let’s go through what Best Buy’s trade in program has to offer to help you make an informed decision for your used devices. 

Qualified Devices 

A benefit to trading in with Best Buy is that most devices are eligible for trade-in, dependent on condition and model. 

Best Buy's trade-in program allows customers to bring in their used electronics, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming consoles, to a Best Buy store or trade online. The customer answers a series of questions about the condition of the device, and based on their responses, Best Buy offers them a trade-in value. Here are a few of the major devices you can bring into a Best Buy:

  • iPhones: Best Buy is currently accepting iPhones that date back as far as the iPhone 6 for trade-in.
  • Samsung® Phones: You can earn credit for your Samsung Galaxy or Note phone from Galaxy S6 and Note 5 and onward.
  • iPads: You may be able to trade in your iPad as old as first gen dependent on condition.
  • Laptops: Best Buy accepts PC laptops and MacBooks depending on their condition and model.

Payment Option

By choosing Best Buy for your device trade-in, you only have one payment option. You may receive an electronic Best Buy gift card after you either bring your trade-in to the store or ship it.

Where You Can Trade In with Best Buy 

If you’re looking to trade-in with Best Buy, you can do so by either shipping the device or by bringing it in to one of their physical locations:

  • Physical Trade In: Visit a Best Buy and speak with an associate to get started on your trade-in. It’s important to note that you may have to deal with lines of other customers waiting to be assisted and that this is not a contact-less experience.
  • Shipping: If you select the shipping option with Best Buy, you can ship your device off with a label that Best Buy will email to you.

While Best Buy's trade-in program is easy and convenient, the trade-in value offered to customers is often significantly lower than what they could receive through other trade-in options. Additionally, customers may have to wait several days for their trade-in to be processed, reducing the immediacy of the transaction. This is where ecoATM comes in as a viable alternative.

How ecoATM Works

Need to sell your device faster than the time it takes with Best Buy’s trade in program? ecoATM may be your best option. See how much your device is worth with our Price Your Device program.


• Instant Cash Payment:
Walk away with cash in hand

•Digital Payment: Select your choice
of payment via PayPal or Venmo

Qualified Devices 

All ecoATM kiosks accepts the following smartphone brands for instant cash or proper recycling:

  • Apple
  • Samsung
  • Motorola®
  • Google®
  • ZTE®
  • BlackBerry®
  • HTC®
  • LG®
  • and many more!

Payment Options

With ecoATM, you have the choice to get paid in either instant cash or with digital payment:

  • Instant cash payment: To receive cash, simply choose the cash option when you accept the offer at the ecoATM kiosk.
  • Digital payment: If cash isn’t your thing, you can opt for digital payment via PayPal or Venmo.

How to Prepare Your Device for ecoATM 

Getting your device ready for sale or recycling is very simple:

  • Ensure that all of your information is backed up to cloud storage.
  • Go into your Settings and turn off “Find My iPhone” or other device tracking software.
  • Perform a factory reset to clear your device of any remaining personal information.
  • Take off any existing screen protectors or cases.
  • If you’re able to, charge the device.
  • Bring a valid state ID with the device to the kiosk to earn instant cash!

ecoATM Locations 

Trading in your phone with ecoATM has never been so convenient with over 5,000 kiosk locations across the United States. To find the one nearest you, simply visit our kiosk locator page

Prerequisites for Trading In with ecoATM  

Aside from ensuring that your phone’s tracking is turned off, ecoATM will take your phone in any condition. This includes: 

  • General wear on the device
  • Shattered or cracked screens
  • Scuffs or nicks on the body or screen
  • Inability to power on or off
  • Poor performance
  • Drained batteries

Reasons to Choose ecoATM for Device Trade In 

If you’re opting to make a decision that favors convenience and sustainability, among other thing, ecoATM is a solid choice. Here are a few of the benefits that ecoATM has over the Best Buy device trade in program: 

  • Convenience: ecoATM kiosks are typically located in shopping malls, grocery stores, and other high-traffic areas, making them easily accessible for individuals who want to sell or recycle their used electronic devices. Best Buy, on the other hand, requires customers to visit one of their physical stores or ship the device, which may not be as convenient depending on location and availability.

  • Simplicity: ecoATM kiosks offer a simple and streamlined process for selling used devices. Users can simply insert their device into the kiosk, receive an instant offer, and choose to accept or decline it. If accepted, they can receive cash on the spot or digital payment via PayPal or Venmo. Best Buy, on the other hand, requires customers to go through a more involved process that involves assessment, negotiation, and potential trade-in restrictions.

  • Fast Payment: ecoATM kiosks provide instant payment in the form of cash or digital payment once a device is accepted. In contrast, Best Buy offers payment in the form of a gift card or store credit, which may not be as desirable for those who prefer cash.

  • Recycling Options: ecoATM kiosks specialize in electronic device recycling, which may be appealing to individuals who prioritize environmentally friendly options for disposing of their used devices. Best Buy also offers electronic recycling programs, but they have additional requirements or limitations compared to ecoATM.

  • Device Acceptance: ecoATM kiosks accept a wide variety of electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, and more. Best Buy also accepts several types of devices they accept but only accepts devices in certain conditions.


We offer a quick and convenient way to get paid on the spot for your used phones.

Find an ecoATM Kiosk Near You Today

If you’re ready to sell your device, ecoATM is ready to help get you paid and onto your next device fast! A quick trip to an ecoATM means you could have cash in your hand in just under 10 minutes. You’re also avoiding long wait times for shipping or in-store and can have peace of mind knowing you won’t be stuck with a store credit or gift card. 

Find an ecoATM kiosk near you today and start earning cash! 

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