Best Buy’s offer to take out and recycle your unwanted technology and devices for a fee of $199. The standalone takeout service includes the pick-up of two large items, such as a TV or washing machine, as well as an unlimited number of smaller products, from laptops to printers. Best Buy then sends your products to a “trusted recycling partner” where they are reused, repaired or recycled.
You can see the full list of products that Best Buy will pick up and recycle on its takeaway services page, separated by what it considers large and small items. Best Buy says you should do all the unplugging and disassembly yourself so technicians can actually get it out of your house.
The service costs 20 percent less for members of Best Buy’s Totaltech plan, which works out to about $159. The Totaltech plan costs $199.99/year for exclusive pricing, free two-day shipping, and Geek Squad tech support . Best Buy has used the program as an expensive way for people to get easier access to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles that usually sell out right away (the Xbox Series X is getting a little easier to buy lately, so you’ll probably don’t have to take out a subscription). Beginning May 3, the Totaltech program will also be the only way for shoppers to access features such as an extended 60-day return period, as it eliminates the Elite and Elite Plus tiers of the My Best Buy Rewards program that offer similar benefits. had.
The takeout service builds on Best Buy’s existing recycling program, which allows you to return old technology for free (or a $29.99 fee if you recycle TVs or monitors) at Best Buy stores. There are some exceptions to this program, however, as Pennsylvania and Connecticut stores do not accept TVs or monitors for delivery. And if you live in California, there are no drop-off fees at all.
Plus, Best Buy already offers to take a piece of old technology with you when you order a replacement. If you buy a large piece of tech through Best Buy and have it delivered, you can take your old product away for $29.99 for TVs and major appliances or $49.99 for fitness equipment.
Personally, I don’t see myself using Best Buy’s standalone pick-up service unless I’m throwing out a large device or an absurd number of smaller items (not that I know anyone who has dozens of laptops, MP3 players, or old cell phones lying around). ). It’s not because I don’t want to recycle, but because I don’t think you should pay nearly $200 for someone to recycle it for you. Smaller items can just as easily be dropped off at Goodwill or another consignment store. As for bigger products like TVs, you can sell them locally or even put them on your doorstep for someone to pick them up for free.