Ill. - The Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) has partnered
with CExchange, an online service that allows consumers to trade in their
unwanted CE products in return for retailer gift cards.
Devices received by the Addison, Texas-based operation are either refurbished or
recycled, which reduces landfill and manufacturer demand for raw materials.
"It's important for PRO Group to find
innovative solutions for our members to provide the best products and services
to consumers," said Dave Workman, executive director of the A/V specialty buying
organization. "CExchange allows our members to quickly and easily provide
real value to their customers for their unwanted electronics, allowing them to
more easily step up to the products that they really care about."
"This also provides a
valuable solution from a recycling aspect by helping reduce a portion of the
millions of pounds of electronics that are unfortunately discarded into our
nation's landfills," Workman said.
The program accepts HDTVs,
flat panel monitors, laptop and desktop computers, mobile phones, MP3 players,
cameras, camcorders, GPS units, radar detectors, handheld gaming devices,
gaming consoles, game media, car audio players and car amplifiers, and additional
products will be added throughout the next year.
CExchange CEO Scott
Nordhaus noted that consumers can receive up to several hundred dollars for
their used CE products.
The company's other clients include
RadioShack, Systemax, DSI Systems and members of the NATM buying group.