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  • Top 5 Gifts for the Tech Obsessed!

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    With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start shopping for all the tech-loving family and friends in your life. But, with the enormous amount of tech products on the market, how can you pick the best? We’ve rounded up five of the coolest new tech products on the market to help you make your shopping a little easier.

    1. iPhone 7: Ever since the birth of the iPhone, there hasn’t been a time when the phone wasn’t considered the best holiday gift ever. However, the new iPhone 7 has souped up featured certain to wow even the most tech-obsessed family member. Though the overall look of the phone hasn’t changed, don’t be deceived - there are a ton of new and improved features. Your eyes will be thanking you, as the phone’s display is the brightest and most-colorful iPhone display the company has ever shipped. Get your selfie-game strong with the new 7-megapixel sensor on the front facing camera - finally! Speaking of cameras, the rear-facing camera on Apple’s 4.7-in. iPhone 7 model now features a 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization; this means crisper, brighter, and more professional photos. The new phone does not have a headphone jack any longer, however, this means that the phone is the most water resistant iPhone ever; this means the iPhone 7 is completely dust and water resistant, earning the device an IP67 rating for the first time in history. Another very cool feature on the new iPhone is the stereo speakers! All of these features add up to one very much improved and amazing new iPhone.

    2. Google Pixel: If you’re looking for a wow-factor gift this holiday season, check out the first ever phone from Google, the Pixel. This is the first phone with Google Assistant built in; what does this mean for you? Google Assistant can manage your everyday tasks, create appointments, manage your travel plans, find photos, music, and more. For all of you photogs, the Pixel has the highest rated smartphone camera, ever! Pixel’s camera lets you take photos in bright or low light, just like a real camera. But, the coolest thing about the Pixel? Say goodbye to those annoying “storage is full” pop-ups, because the Pixel has unlimited storage. Unlimited! How cool is that? With the Google Duo app, you can finally FaceTime with friends and family on both Android and iOS devices. Plus, the Pixel has crazy good battery life and charges super fast. We highly suggest snatching this phone up as soon as you can (and grab some extra for your friends and family!).

    3. iPad Pro: If you have friends and family who love to travel or work while on-the-go, this is the ultimate techie gift for them. The iPad Pro is leading the new wave in personal computing; coming in two sizes, this new iPad is bound to be the perfect travel and work companion for many of your loved ones. Their new and improved screens have the highest resolution of any iOS device; and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro screen is the brightest and least reflective in the world. Since techies tend to use their iPads everywhere they go, the new True Tone display utilizes advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in your environment. What does this mean for you? Less strain on your eyes, and a more natural work environment. Each corner of the iPad features a hi-fidelity speaker, so no matter which way you turn the screen, you’ll be fully immersed in sound. As this new iPad is faster than the average laptop, you’ll want to gift this device many times this holiday season.

    4. Nexus 6P: Though the Google-branded Nexus 6P isn’t a brand new tech device, all of its features and credentials make it a wonderful holiday gift this season. Made from aeronautics-grade, anodized aluminum, this phone is super strong, and yet very slim as well. With a new and improved camera, boasting a 12.3-megapixel Sony sensor with f/2.0 lens, the Nexus 6P is perfect for travel, photography, and even videos, with its ability to shoot 4K videos and slow motion, as well. The front camera, for selfies, is 8-megapixels, which is a huge step up for the Nexus line. One of the coolest aspects of the Nexus 6P smartphone is the Nexus Protect Program; for only $89, you get 2 years guarantee against mechanical defects, along with 2 years of worry-free usage as cracking your screen is covered under it. But, wait, there’s more! If you damage your phone, Google will actually send you a loaner phone within a single business day to help you until your actual phone is repaired. Pretty cool!

    5. Fitbit Charge 2: Of course, it’s not a holiday season without someone asking for a fitness-tracking wristband. With the wave of popularity in the Fitbit, the new Fitbit Charge 2 has some pretty cool new features. With interchangeable accessory bands, the Fitbit Charge 2 tracks your heart rate all day, all the time, maximizing your workouts and helping you to improve your overall health. The Fitbit Charge 2 has the ability to Track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes & hourly activity with up to 5-day battery life. This Fitbit is made for your life, as it can alert you of texts, calls, and calendar alerts - and when life gets overwhelming? You can focus on the personalized breathing sessions based on your real-time heart rate. For the techie who loves to workout, or is interested in learning more about health, the Charge 2 is the perfect holiday gift.

    With so many cool tech gifts out there, it’s hard to choose just which one is perfect for your loved ones, but the iPhone 7, Google Pixel, Nexus 6P, iPad Pro, and Fitbit Charge 2 all feature such unique and personalized characteristics. When the holidays come around and you give and receive all these cool new tech products, don’t forget to head to GreenBuyback and send in your old tech devices; you’ll be saving the planet and earning a little holiday spending money! We make it so easy with our pre-paid shipping, all you have to do is gather up your old tech devices, and we will take care of the rest. Happy shopping!

  • How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Phone

    samsung-s4Cell phones may not be the first thing that pops in your head when you think about eco-consciousness, but they can actually be a great tool to help preserve the environment. Whether by buying a “green” phone or using the many sustainability apps available, you can make a difference. If you’re looking for a new phone and want it to be as green as possible, there’s a series of things that you should keep in mind.

    1) Materials

    Many phones on the market today are made of recycled materials. Samsung has been a pioneer in manufacturing phones made almost entirely of waste material, such as the Galaxy Exhilarate, the Replenish and the Evergreen. These models are also much cheaper than the latest iPhone. Make sure that you always research the options out there, many websites exist that can help you compare prices and information like GreenMatch. If you want to really step up your game, you could consider buying a solar-powered phone such as the Micromax, which is also very cheap (around 40$) because it was created for developing areas with low access to electricity.

    2) Battery

    Charging your phone every few hours does the environment (and you) no favors. The longer your phone’s battery lasts, the more energy efficient you’re going to be. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your phone abandoning you mid-day. Some phones, such as the Evergreen, also notify you when they’re done charging, so that you don’t waste any energy.

    3) Multi-functionality

    The more functionalities your smartphone includes, the fewer gadgets you will need to use on the side. If your phone has a good camera, radio, calculator, maps et cetera, you won’t need to buy any extra devices. By consolidating all of your gadgets in one, your impact on the environment will inevitably be lower.

    4) Buy used

    Producing a cell phone always requires the use of hazardous materials and fossil fuels, so buying an old one means helping generate a little less pollution. Nowadays, people tend to replace their phone just to get the latest upgrade, regardless of whether it’s broken or malfunctioning. Many individuals choose to sell their cell phones to Green Buyback to help them recover cash and protect the environment. That means the market is full of hardly used phones you can buy, thus extending their life and helping lower the disastrous amount of e-waste.

    5) Don’t forget to recycle!

    If you made up your mind about which new phone to buy, it’s now time for you to decide what to do about the old one. That decision is an easy one: recycle. You can sell your old phone back for cash, even if it’s broken. It makes absolutely no sense to simply trash your phone, when you could easily sell it. Even if it’s not worth much, you’ll still be doing the environment a favor by not contributing to e-waste and pollution.

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  • The Electronics Recycling Predicament

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    The Electronics Recycling Predicament

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    <img src="https://blog.greenbuyback.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/The-Electronics-Recycling-Predicament-Infographic.png" >The Electronics Recycling Predicament infographic by GreenBuyBack. Don't contribute to e-waste, make sure to sell your cell phone and electronics at <a href="https://greenbuyback.com/">greenbuyback.com</a>. Help protect our environment, and get paid to do it.

  • Top Ten Ways Our Customers Broke Their Phones

    Our customers have previously sold us thousands of damaged cell phones and tablets. Sometimes these sales come with a story via email or phone call. We wanted to outline the top ten issues we have seen when we receive a damaged device. Hopefully you can keep you electronic device safe by reading this top ten list. If you do find yourself with a damaged device, you can always still recoup some cash for it by selling your phone to us here.

    Top Ten Ways Devices Were Broken:

    10. Sports Accidents

    What could possible go wrong on the way to game? We have seen devices severely damaged by sports equipment that shifted during the ride to the game. We have also seen damaged phones come in from people that left their phone in their pocket during a softball game. GreenBuyback Tip: Leave the phone in the car during the game! (make sure if you leave your phone in the car it is not too hot!)

     

    9. Pets

    We have personally seen items sold to us that had dog bite marks in the phone! These devices do not make great chew toys we can assure you! Keep all devices out of the reach of animals. Chewing on them is not the only way an animal could ruin it.

    8. Pockets

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    The dreaded #Bendgate! We have seen phones come in that have been severely bent by sitting on them when they were in someone’s pocket. Keep that protective case on and try to keep it out of your pocket. It doesn’t take much force to sit on an iPhone 6 to ruin a great phone.

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    7. Selfie Drops
    Selfies.. We’ve all done it. Unfortunately for some people accidents do happen! Dropping that phone from a high area can easily shatter the LCD and cause some major issues for the phone. We would recommend a trusty selfie stick for those selfie moments! We actually picked up a selfie stick for the office to play with and they work well!

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    6. Kids
    Be careful if your child gets a hold of your phone! We have seen water damage caused by drool or liquid baby foods on devices that were traded in. Babies also have a tendency to throw objects. Be careful if you let your child watch their favorite YouTube channel on your phone or tablet. We would recommend a super heavy-duty case if you are letting them play with your device.

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    5. Attempting to repair
    Why would you pay that guy in the mall to fix your screen? You’ve seen the parts on eBay for $2 so what could be the big deal?  A simple fix can turn into quite the nightmare if you attempt to repair your damaged device with no experience. We would recommend sticking with professionals to repair your device. Although there are good tutorials on the web, if you are not trained, you could cause even more damage by attempting to repair your device yourself.

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    4. Rooting / Jailbreaking Improperly
    It sounds simple – and everyone knows someone in their circle who has a rooted/jailbroken device. This process can actually require a lot of research to be done properly. In some cases if per formed improperly, you can actually brick the device. This is quite an expensive mistake to make. We will still buy your bricked device but would recommend either not jailbreaking at all or turning to an expert before doing so.

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    3. Workplace Accident
    A lot of our damaged items are due to workplace accidents. We have seen phones covered in paint, phones completely soaked with water still inside them, phones that had been run over, phones dropped great heights, and much more. Make sure to keep your protective case on and be careful at work!

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    2. Water Damage
    We are not sure exactly what happened, but we know a lot of damaged items that we purchase are water damaged. We have heard stories of drops in showers, lakes, pools, hot tubs and more. Spills inside of bags and purses where tablets and phones were stored have also ruined some devices. Always remember that your device is very sensitive to water. Even the smallest drop inside of the charging port can potentially ruin your device. Keep them away from liquid!

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    1. Road Rage
    These are the craziest items we purchase. These devices have been left on top of cars, taken a bad ride on a freeway, and completely demolished. We receive many items that have been crushed.. some still power on! In these cases we try to salvage the parts but we always still buy them back!

    Hopefully you are reading this for entertainment. If you have a broken device and want to find out how much it is worth visit our website anytime:

    www.greenbuyback.com

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card Contest for Gamers and Streamers

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    Hey GAMERS! If you haven't heard already we are currently looking for ACTIVE streamers and teams that are seeking sponsorship! We have seen a lot of activity and views on our sponsorship page and we wanted to thank you for it. We appreciate all of our fans and customers following and interacting with our sponsored gamer's streams.

    Here is how you can win the $50 Amazon Card

    1. Fill out the Form on our Sponsored Gamers Page (Make sure to include your gamertag, twitch.tv URL, and real email address - we will be contacting the winner via email)

    2. Retweet this message on Twitter: #Gamers Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! {RT this} and follow instructions here -> http://bit.ly/1HBHiE5  . Winner chosen 6/23

    Fill out the form and retweet this message between 5/23/15 and 6/22/15.

    We will be choosing the winner at random but we encourage RT's to help more people learn about GreenBuyback. We will announce the lucky winner on our blog and social media channels on 6/23/15.  If the winner does not respond with 24 hours, a different winner will be chosen.

    Make sure to also check out our website. We buy cell phones and tablets for cash. We also buy gaming consoles and equipment.  If you are looking for some extra cash, why not find out how much your electronics are worth?

    Good luck from GreenBuyback!

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