Staples’ New Trade-In Program Helps Businesses Upgrade Equipment

If you’re running a business, chances are you utilize various technologies in your day-to-day operations. Computers, laptops, smart phones, and GPS navigation are likely all a part of making your business run. If you don’t upgrade your equipment every few years, you’ll likely suffer a slowdown in productivity.

Staples is trying to make upgrading easier for small businesses. Partnering with electronics recycling site Gazelle, the office supply giant is accepting used electronics in exchange for gift cards that can be used at stores across the nation. Electronics in up to 20 categories will be accepted for the trade-in, with even non-eligible electronics able to be sent off to Gazelle to be safely recycled. The items don’t have to have been purchased at Staples to be eligible for the program.

This offer can be an extra benefit to small businesses looking to unload outdated electronics. While Gazelle normally caters to individuals with its used cell phone recycling program, the site accepts laptops, desktops, Blu-Ray players, e-readers, digital cameras, gaming consoles, mp3 players, and much more. For business, recycling laptops, desktops, projectors, external hard drives, and even cell phones could result in hundreds, even thousands of dollars in savings.

Most new computers come with three-year warranties. Once the warranty runs out, any problems that come up with a computer will bring a decision–continue to put money into buying parts for it or buy a new one all together. While desktops and laptops can last a few years beyond the end of the warranty period, after five or six years, your users will begin to see a noticeable difference in performance. Since a good workstation or laptop can cost in the vicinity of a thousand dollars per unit, this regular replacement cycle can strain a business’s operating budget.

“With this program, Staples customers can begin to adopt reCommerce behavior as a way to cost effectively upgrade consumer electronics in time for the holiday season and beyond,” Gazelle CEO Israel Ganot told MarketWatch. This program comes in time to help Staples achieve its goal of recycling 40 million pounds of electronics by the year 2020.

To receive your gift card, go to and type in the description of your device. Once you answer some questions about the make, model, and condition of your device, you’ll be given an offer. If you choose to accept, Gazelle provides free shipping and, upon receipt, you’ll be given a gift card good for any item at Staples.

Staples is the premiere site for small businesses, offering everything from office supplies to desktop computers. Trade your old projectors, laptops, desktops, and other equipment in for brand new ones that will last for many years to come.

In addition to its program with Gazelle, Staples offers recycling for any of your used electronics. Simply bring your used equipment into your local Staples store and your equipment will be disposed of safely and conveniently,for a fee. Read more about this service here.


About Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.