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The Secret Trick That Will Get You a Free Amazon Gift Card

Have an old Kindle, tablet, Fire Stick, Echo, smartphone, video game, or other gadget gathering dust in your house? Turn it in to an Amazon gift card without leaving your couch through Amazon’s easy and free trade-in program.

Most people don’t know that Amazon has a (not very well advertised) trade-in program that lets you mail in your old device in exchange for a gift card, and a discount on a newer version. Amazon will even send you a free prepaid label to mail in your old item.

The trade-in program accepts both Amazon products and other brands including Apple iPads, Samsung Galaxies, Google items, and more. Broken or non-functioning devices are also accepted.

Simply visit Amazon’s trade-in page to instantly get an offer on your item. Honestly answer questions about the condition of your product (if it’s working and if it can hold a charge), and Amazon will let you know how much it’s worth. If after you send your item in, Amazon decides not to accept it, they will mail it back to you for free.

If you’re upgrading a device, you’ll also get a bonus discount on the new item. For example, if you’re trading in a tablet for a new Amazon Fire Tablet, you’ll get a gift card plus a bonus 20 percent off your new purchase. Use your trade-in on a new Echo device, and you’ll save 25 percent.

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Caroline Morse Teel is always on the hunt for the newest and best travel gear. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline to see what she wears around the world.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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