Amazon's new trade-in program gets you vouchers you can spend in the Black Friday sales

New trade-in program for Amazon devices, smartphones and video game consoles launches in time for Black Friday

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Are you planning to snap up some bargains in the Black Friday sales this year but thinking it would be nice to get a bit of a cash windfall to pay for your purchases? Then prepare to go through your cupboards and attics because Amazon UK has just launched a trade-in program in the UK, giving you the opportunity to trade in your old devices such as Amazon devices, smartphones and video game consoles in exchange for an gift card which you could then spend on the best Amazon Black Friday deals of 2021.

Amazon says it is doing this to "reduce environmental impact and increase the number of devices that are recycled or refurbished while making purchases for new devices more affordable for our customers."

Here's how you can claim a gift card for your old unwanted stuff.

1. Go to and select the device you’d like to trade in and then answer six questions about its condition.

2. Print a shipping label and send your device to Amazon for free within 21 days.

3. After sending your device and receiving the appraisal, an gift card will be credited towards your account.

Amazon explains that devices that have been accepted for trade in are then tested and graded to determine their condition and the device will either be re-sold or recycled. When answering the questions about the device's condition, you can decide how they want to proceed in case Amazon has to adjust the trade-in value – for example, if the condition of the device upon receipt is different than you  submitted. In that case, you can then choose between accepting to receive between the best value and the minimum value or not to accept the adjusted value and get back your device at no additional cost.

Wondering what to spend that gift card on? Check out out best Black Friday deals article, which we are updating every day as you'll find plenty of Amazon deals there. We've also listed our predictions for the hottest price drops at Amazon this Black Friday and you can view those products below (some of them are dropping in price already!)

Paul Douglas
Global Digital Editorial Strategy Director, Future

Paul Douglas is Global Digital Editorial Strategy Director at Future and has worked in publishing for over 25 years. He worked in print for over 10 years on various computing titles including .net magazine and the Official Windows Magazine before moving to in 2008, eventually becoming Global Editor-in-Chief for the brand, overseeing teams in the US, UK and Australia. Following that, Paul has been Global Editor-in-Chief of BikeRadar and T3 (not at the same time) and later Content Director working on T3, TechRadar and Tom's Guide. In 2021, Paul also worked on the launches of and PetsRadar.