There are so many different recycling schemes around at the moment, offering you cash or high street vouchers in return for your unwanted mobile phones and other gadgets. I have personally used these on a few occasions to sell old mobile phones, but I was never aware that Boots ran a similar scheme. Instead of giving you cash for your gadgets Boots offer you Advantage Card points instead, which can be used in store and online.
As I have never heard of this scheme before I decided to compare Boots offerings to the popular phone recycling scheme, Envirofone. I have used Envirofone in the past and have been satisfied with the amount of money I received from recycling my unwanted phones, but I thought it would be interesting to see how Boots would measure up.
For this comparison I have used the phone I currently use, a black iPhone 4 32GB. My phone contract is due to be updated in a few months so it is interesting to see what I would get for it. *
Left Boots, Right Envirofone
As you can see there really is very little in the price comparison between the two schemes. Looking at it at face value I feel that Envirofone would probably be the most appealing as it would be brilliant to receive £210 in cash, yet I feel that £206 worth of Boots vouchers would probably be a better option for me, for one simple reason: If I had £210 burning a hole in my pocket I would probably spend it with nothing to show for it. With the Boots points I would probably only buy small essentials, with maybe one or two 'treats' every now and then, so Boots seems to a more sustainable option for me.
On top of the £206 worth of Advantage Card points Boots are also offering to donate £1 for every recycled item to MacMillan Cancer Support which is a wonderful and very deserving charity.
If you are thinking about recycling your old mobile phone, MP3 Player or other gadgets I highly recommend considering the boots recycling scheme, in fact I intend to have a good sort out in the near future to hunt down any old mobile phones I have lying around in order to turn them into Advantage Card points!
Boots Recycling is available here. X
*Please note that these prices were correct at the time of writing, but prices may change depending on the popularity and 'newness' of the phone. Is newness even a word?!