I was in Bracknell town centre over the weekend. I had to pick up the ‘repaired’ iPhone — do you remember? Vodafone’s insurance people were going to replace the cracked screen. They just gave us a reconditioned one instead. That works.
So since we were in Bracknell we had a look about.
My wife ended up at the cosmetics counter in Bentalls so I took the baby for a stroll. I came across this shop, Cheque Centre — as illustrated. They appear to offer a variety of cash related services. What caught my attention was their mobile phone offering. You can take any phone in there and walk out with cash a few minutes later.
This concept is nothing new in the context of pawn shops or tech swap shops. What’s appealing to me, however, is that the recycle-your-phone-for-cash online services take a little while to work. You have to post your phone to them and wait a week or so before you get notification of actual value — and then you may need to wait another week for the cash.
I really like the immediacy of being able to sell devices quickly — same day — and get the cash there and then. A sign inside the shop explained that you don’t need to bother bringing manuals, boxes or chargers. I would imagine that there will be an overhead for this service — that is, they will probably pay less cash than the online services. I should have gone in and asked how much they’d pay for an iPhone 4 just to get an idea. H
ow many devices have you got sitting about cluttering up the place? Your local Cheque Centre (or equivalent) might be worth a visit. I reckon I must have at least a grand’s worth of old stuff near my desk. Has anyone tried out Cheque Centre or any High Street place for this kind of thing?