The festive season is all about getting together with our nearest and dearest for lots of eating, drinking, fighting, napping, arguing over the telly, laughing and making general merriment right through to the end of Boxing Day, when all but the cheeriest finally run out of energy and give-in to Last of the Summer Wine re-runs! Well, that’s what our Christmases tend to be like anyway!
Christmas is a time when we do lots of things together, and one of our favourite recommendations here in the Mazuma studio is to indulge in a little seasonal de-cluttering.
• Go through the cupboards and see what food can be donated to homeless shelters and so on. The winter is incredibly hard for the homeless and vulnerable folks, so do your bit to make sure your family helps out.
• Go through those draws and trade in your mobiles for some cash! Phone recycling is a great way to make a little extra, so if you were lucky enough to get an iPhone 5 pre-Christmas, be sure to boost the festive fund and recycle phones with Mazuma.
• When the kids are home from university or wherever they settled (listen up, offspring!) for adult life, the time’s right for a little clear-out of the parental nest. Make a day of it, use all those old present boxes and finally get your adult children to part with their 90s club gear that’s been in the loft for the last decade!
Ok, so there’s an ulterior motive to today’s blog entry – we want you to trade in your mobile phones so we can fund our campaign for world domination. That’s not really true, although we are the No.1 tablet and mobile phone recycling company in the U.K. We’re not after world domination in the scary totalitarian sense; we just want to carry on providing an ethical, sterling service to all our clients. In that spirit, here are a couple of our favourite money-making ideas for the Yuletide season!
• Recycle – don’t just sell Blackberry Storms or elderly Nokias to us – but recycle everything you can. We know it sounds like a huge chore, but by approaching one thing at a time you can really make a difference. Recycling usually tends to mean you get little financial gain, but by using our service, spending the afternoon at a car boot sale (selling, not buying!) or getting online to recycle those old CDs (somebody will want the entire back catalogue of Savage Garden…) you could make enough money to treat yourself or cover a few troublesome festive costs.
• Get crafty. Homemade crafts are big business around the Christmas period. If you’ve ever been to a Christmas market like Stuttgart etc, you’ll know what we mean. Spend some time gathering cheap materials – holly, pine cones, berries etc – and put together a little assortment of decorations to either use yourself or sell at a fair (scout around for local farmers markets too)
We love it when you recycle Blackberry phones, iPhones and HTCs that are in full working order. We can refurbish them and send them to our overseas partners in the likes of Pakistan, parts of China, Africa and India, where reliable communication is vital.
Imagine if you lived 100 miles from your elderly mother and there was no way to keep tabs on her health? Imagine if you had to send your kids to school 12 miles away on foot – a walk they complete themselves because you have no choice but to work – and there was no way to contact the school? Or imagine if your business COULD be a success, but you’ve no way of communicating with buyers, suppliers or customers? Our phones for cash service aims to bring valuable communication to these kinds of situations. But without your help and the ethical phone recycling that nets you some cash, we can’t help.
But what happens to broken phones? Why did we buy your old Nokia N8 when it doesn’t work? A silly answer might be that we’ve now morphed into crazy robots who feed on the insides of mobiles. But the real answer is much simpler; we do our best to repair all the broken phones we buy. If the cost of repair is greater than the net worth of the phone once it’s repaired, we take it apart and sell on or responsibly dispose of the bits (so no sticky landfill death for your old broken Motorola RZR!)
We’re nuts about mobile recycling (we’re now running a total of more than £110million paid out to you lovely, lovely people for your old mobile phones!) and although we do our best to communicate ethical, straightforward marketing (like the little Mazuma Mobile mascot!), we believe that your word of mouth recommendation is important too. We’re a very ethical company, and we value the opinions and reflections of our users. Here are just a few of the ways you can get cash for your mobile and help our cause.
With more than 40,000 online reviews, we’re happy you’ve done your bit, but word of mouth recommendations can help us to reach folks without internet access too. There are plenty of folks in the U.K with old mobiles knocking around in their desk draws, so if you know someone you think might not know about our service, help them make a little cash with Mazuma!
We reckon the average U.K household is holding around 4 spare handsets. What about businesses? There’s no limit to the number of handsets you can recycle with us, so get in touch and see if you can’t boost the office Christmas party fund with our help!
These are a great way for schools, charities and so on to make a little extra cash with Mazuma. There are lots of handsets we buy at a rate of around £1, so collect enough and you’ve got a great funding boost!
It may be a little contradictory to our business practice (after all, we WANT your used mobile phones) but in an economy where debt is prevalent and lots of folks are tightening their belts, a few handy make-do and mend tips could be just the ticket!
• Think carefully about the festive season. Planning ahead can take a lot of the more troublesome unexpected costs out of Christmas preparations. For example, start sending international presents early to avoid a lump payout at the Post Office a week before Christmas, make your own tree decorations using pine cones and holly etc.
• Have a good de-clutter – you never know what you might find! Phone recycling, car boots sales, auction websites – these are all things that can make a real difference to the purse strings in times of financial hardship. Our cash for mobiles service has now paid out more than £110million, so get your skates on and see what moneymaking titbits you’ve got laying around your home or business.
• Get customising. Sure, you might think clothing alterations are best left to gothic teens and fashion students, but you could be missing out on some great garb that’s already in your wardrobe. If you’re not the sewing type, get down to your local market to look for a local seamstress. Rates can be a fraction what they would at a chain establishment. Or how about biting the bullet and learning yourself?
1 – That’s our ranking in the U.K. We’re currently the most popular company in the U.K where folks like you can recycle old mobiles and get the best prices. Just to pluck an example of our accomplishment out of thin air, in May 2011 we received 50% more website visits than our nearest competitor!
50 MILLION- That’s how many handsets we reckon are idling away in the U.K. And that estimate isn’t even taking into account business use phones sat in company draws and cabinets with no happy new home on the horizon unless some enterprising and ethical person sends them on to us!
110 MILLION – That’s how much wonderful cash we’ve paid out to folks like you who’ve successfully participated in mobile phone recycling with us!
40,000 – That’s how many people have reviewed our cash for mobiles service (and they’re all great reviews by the way – lots of happy, ethically-minded clients like you on our books!)
20 MILLION – That’s how many handsets we estimate are upgraded annually. Add in tablets too and the figure grows even more!
4 – That’s how many spare handsets the average U.K household hoards within its walls!
1000 – That’s how many years it’s estimated plastic takes to degrade. All mobile phones and tablets are comprised of some plastic materials, and with more finding their sad little way to the landfill than is necessary or responsible, that’s a HUGE build-up of plastic waste compiled over the next thousand years before the very first piece completes degradation.
As the festive season draws in and Christmas lists are compiled, our own little elves are busy getting ready for the huge influx of used mobile phones and tablets we handle over the holiday period. Not content with filling our stockings with phone recycling treasure, here are a few tips to help you decide between those two fabulous devices for your Christmas present – smartphones or tablets?
A very straightforward consideration – will you end up leaving a tablet at home all the time because it’s too big. Similarly, will you cart your laptop around because a smartphone’s too small?
It’s pretty simple really – what are you going to use a smartphone/tablet for, honesty? Sure, tablets look great in an ad where some Parisian lady is sipping coffee in the sunshine and catching up with the latest London fashion week news videos on her chic tablet (does anyone do that in real life??), but what will YOU be doing? Checking your Facebook on the tube? Reading Jane Eyre in the park? Watching movies on the 45-minute daily commute? Researching your doctorate on the road? Be honest about what you’re likely to use the device for, or it’s simply a bad investment.
Most folks who buy a smartphone go down the contract route and recycle mobile phones for cash a year down the line when the time comes to upgrade. Tablets tend to work on a different scheme, so are you in it for the upgrades or the long-term functionality?
We live in a society where petty crime is not only prevalent, but can be very rewarding for very little effort. It’s perhaps not our place to comment on the U.K’s judicial system (we just recycle phones and help struggling economies), but with petty crime rates as they are, we do think it’s our place to offer a little crime prevention advice to help you out and make sure you get the chance to recycle mobile phones for cash!
One of our team members lived for a time in Japan, where the patty crime rate is very low. The reason was that punishments are HARSH and the gain does not outweigh the effort or chance of getting caught. We’re a leading phones for cash company with global reach, but we’re also socially conscious. So, if moving to Japan to protect your electronic devices seems a little farfetched, here are a few alternatives!
• Specific mobile phone, smartphone, tablet, media player, sat nav and laptop insurance is a must. Lots of you are carrying around very expensive equipment on a daily basis, so knowing you’re covered financially if some little thief makes off with your iPhone on the tube should be a solace. The insurance policies provided by mobile service providers are usually fairly comprehensive, particularly Apple insurance.
• Be sensible with your devices. It may sound a little elementary, but keeping an eye out for crime will become second nature after a few weeks of making yourself think about it.