Every time a new computer, MP3 player or video game hits retailers' shelves, consumers inevitably pitch older "versions" into "junk drawers," or worse yet trash cans, often never to be thought of again.
While the Exchanges' electronic stores continue to be the destination for the updated gadgets, environmentally-friendly disposal options for the older pieces of equipment on military installations have often been limited.
As part of a continued focus on sustainability, the Exchange Services are leveraging their Exchange Online Mall platform to help reduce "eWaste" and put some green in authorized shoppers' pockets.
"Reducing waste is not just about recycling, but also about re-use," said Mat Dromey, the Army & Air Force Exchange Services' chief marketing officer . "The Exchange Online Mall's NextWorth service diverts electronic products from the waste stream by offering easy ways to sell and buy used electronics products."
Selling old iPods, cell phones, game consoles, BlackBerries, video games, cameras and GPS units through the service is easy, safe and fast. Before any commitment is made, an interactive interface provides an estimated value of the product being offered. Recent offers through the site include $138.60 for a 120 GB Apple iPod classic with "normal wear" and $26.97 for a Canon PowerShot SD880IS Digital Camera with "heavy wear."
Regardless of the amount offered, multiple free shipping options, including a custom, pre-paid USPS shipping label that can be printed locally, are offered once the monetary offer is accepted.
"Payments are made via PayPal or check by mail," Mr. Dromey said. "Either way, military personnel, and their Families, receive top dollar for their products when going through the Exchange Online Mall thanks to an agreement with Nextworth that offers Exchange shoppers an extra 10 percent as compared to the vendor's standard service."
The Exchange Online Mall is a concession mall offering online services and merchandise to military members around the world. Today, over 110 third-party sites, including Stripes Entertainment, J. Marco, Military Wireless, Cycle Gear, and Texas Treats, strengthen the exchange benefit through their active support of the exchangeonlinemall.com. Authorized customers can log onto their Exchange Online Store at aafes.com, usmc-mccs.org, or cg-exchange.com and click the Exchange Mall logo or access the site directly by logging onto www.exchangeonlinemall.com