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Walmart Trade-In Program: Get Gift Cards for Old Tech

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If you have old electronic devices lying around the house that you’re no longer using, you probably didn’t know that you can get Walmart gift cards for them through the Walmart electronics trade-in program.

Just like the Amazon Trade-In and Target Trade-In programs, Walmart is paying customers for their used tech gadgets. Walmart has been doing this since 2014, but in 2023 they rebranded the program as “Gadgets to Gift Cards,” added more eligible electronics to the program, and included free shipping.

But before you get too excited — unless you have something that’s pretty new, you’re not going to get a huge payday. But if you’re looking to avoid throwing away your device or going through the rigamarole of selling it on Facebook Marketplace, Walmart Trade-In is a pretty easy option for offloading electronics.

 

How does Walmart Trade-In work?

Someone holding an iPhone 14 and Apple Watch in front of a laptop displaying the Walmart electronics trade in webpage

To trade in an electronic device, visit the Gadgets to Gift Cards website, pick your device from their list, and describe its condition. Walmart will then give you an estimate of how much they’ll pay for your device. If you agree to the offer, you can print out a prepaid shipping label and send your device to Walmart.

Once Walmart receives your device, they’ll evaluate it and determine the final trade-in value — a process that could take two to four weeks. If the final value is less than the estimated value, you’ll be able to decline the offer and get your device back. If you accept the offer, you’ll be able to receive a Walmart eGift card immediately. (You can use that gift card to make Walmart Rollback deals even better, and it’ll help you save money at Sam’s Club, too.)

 

Sometimes Walmart will give you $0 for your trade-in — but they’ll still take it.

Consider it an environmentally friendly way to get rid of your old electronics. Truth is, Walmart Trade-In has pages and pages of items they’ll accept in their program but their listed payout is $0.

If you still think you could get some money out of your device, by all means try to sell it yourself. But if you’re about to toss it, think about sending it to Walmart to keep it out of landfills.

 

Got an iPhone 14? You can get up to $700 from Walmart.

Someone looking at an iPhone 14 in its box

The biggest gift card you could receive from the Gadgets to Gift Cards program for a cell phone is $700 for an iPhone 14, and on the Samsung side of things, you’ll get $450.40 for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – 1TB.

But if you have an iPhone 5 or 5C, you can still get $2.16 from Walmart, and they’ll take an original Galaxy Note off your hands for $0.

Here are the types of cell phones Walmart accepts through their Trade-In program, as well as the maximum and minimum payout for each:

  • Alcatel: $24.30
  • Apple: $700
  • Asus: $36
  • BlackBerry: $67.50
  • BLU: $24.30
  • Cat: $0
  • Google: $153.90
  • HTC: $40.50
  • Huawei: $26.10
  • Kyocera: $22.50
  • LG: $31.50
  • Microsoft: $360
  • Motorola: $112.50
  • Nokia: $36
  • OnePlus: $81
  • Razer: $36
  • Samsung: $450.40
  • Sony Ericsson: $34.40

 

Walmart Trade-In will pay up to $675 for tablets.

A person opening an iPad pro box sitting on a table with an Apple pencil box.

There are a LOT of tablets out there, and Walmart runs the gamut of what they’ll accept, from the high-end iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th Generation) 2 TB tablet for $675, to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 (8GB) and the iPad Air 128GB 1st Gen — both for $0.72.

Here are the various tablet brands they accept with Gadgets to Gift Cards and each brand’s maximum payout:

  • Acer: $13.23
  • Alcatel: $15.12
  • Amazon: $17.50
  • Apple: $675
  • Asus: $61.32
  • Barnes & Noble: $6.30
  • Dell: $23.10
  • Google: $7.35
  • HP: $24.70
  • HTC: $8.40
  • Lenovo: $10.50
  • LG: $63
  • Microsoft: $270
  • Motorola: $14
  • Nokia: $5.95
  • Samsung: $140
  • Sony: $155.93
  • Tagital: $0
  • ZTE: $10.50

 

 

You can get up to $554 for your laptop.

until-gone-macbook-pro-13-inch-sept-2022

There are more than 21 pages of Dell laptops that Walmart will exchange for gift cards, with the most lucrative being a Dell XPS 15 7590 for $329 — but that’s not the best gift card you could walk away with.

The highest payout for a laptop through Gadgets to Gift Cards is the Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 14.4″ for $815. And right on its heels is an Apple MacBook 2019 for $554.40. Here are some other highlights:

Here’s the list of laptop brands accepted by Walmart for their trade-in program, with each brand’s biggest and smallest potential payout (above $0):

  • Apple: MacBook 2019 ($554.40), A1342 ($8.40)
  • Dell: XPS 15 7590 ($329), Precision 5540 ($0.63)
  • HP: Spectre X360 13 ($161), Envy M7-K211DX ($0.63)
  • Lenovo: Yoga 3 Pro ($225), Ideapad 530S ($0.63)
  • Microsoft: Laptop Studio 14.4″ ($815), Surface Laptop Go ($74.38)
  • Samsung: Notebook 9 Spin ($224), Notebook M ($2.80)

Note: Walmart accepts Sony, Toshiba, and Vizio laptops, but their payouts are no more than $31.

 

Get $300 back for your new Apple Watch — but all the other wearables will earn you much less.

If you have an Apple Watch 45mm Series 7, you could get $330 for it from Walmart through the trade-in program. Otherwise, the best you can do is $38.11 for the Sony Smartwatch 3. Here are all of the wearable brands the Gadgets to Gift Cards program accepts:

  • Apple: Watch 45mm series 7 ($330), Watch SE 40mm Space Gray Aluminum Case ($10)
  • ASUS: Maximum payout of $14
  • Fitbit: Maximum payout of $28 for Versa 2 and older
  • Garmin: Maximum payout of $18
  • LG: Maximum payout of $7
  • Microsoft: Maximum payout of $7 for the Band
  • Motorola: $10.50 for the Moto 360
  • Pebble: Maximum payout of $30.15
  • Samsung: Galaxy Watch4 Classic 46MM ($68.04), Galaxy Gear Smart Watch – SM V700 ($7.00)
  • Sony: $38.11 for the Smartwatch 3
  • TomTom: Maximum payout of $2.10

 

Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 could get you a $250 gift card with Walmart Trade-In.

Playstation PS5 game console in box on the floor

If you were thinking you were gonna cash in on that old Xbox 360, think again. Giving it to Walmart will only earn you a $10 gift card — but that’s better than just giving it away. Here’s the breakdown of game systems Walmart will accept:

  • Xbox Series X: $250
  • PlayStation 5: $250
  • Nintendo Switch OLED: $87.30
  • Xbox 360: $10
  • PlayStation 3: $10
  • Wii U Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle: $9

 

Voice speakers are the lowest-earning items with Walmart Trade-In, but hey, it’s something — most of the time.

You’ll want to check this (and every) list against the Amazon Trade-In program, but fun fact: Amazon doesn’t accept the Echo Dot 1st Gen, while Walmart does. So for a quick $0.50, you can offload that old tech.

Here are all of the smart/voice speakers Walmart is accepting for trade:

  • Sonos Play:3 Wireless Speaker: $82.50
  • Apple HomePod: $42.50
  • Echo Show 10 2nd Gen: $45
  • Google Home Hub: $22.50
  • Echo Dot 1st Gen: $0.50
  • Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker: $0.90 (for Nest Mini) / $1 (for Home Mini)
  • HomePod mini: $0
  • 10 different Lenovo speakers: $0

 

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