How to Exchange Your Old Electronics for Walmart Gift Cards

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This spring cleaning season, don't forget to tackle your electronics drawer. The old smartphones, tablets, and video games you've been holding on to for years could earn you free online shopping credits if you send them to Walmart.

As Mashable reports, the big box chain's Gadget to Gift Cards plan is giving away e-gift cards in exchange for unwanted electronics. In addition to the items mentioned above, the program accepts MP3 players, video game consoles, and voice-activated assistants. That means old items (like the iPod you retired after you bought you first iPhone) as well as new ones (like the Alexa you unplugged after it started randomly laughing at you) are eligible for trade-in.

But not every item has the same value. Old cellphones for example, can get you $1 to $23 in online gift card money depending on the model, and old gaming consoles can be exchanged for up to $225. To find out what your forgotten gadgets are worth, head over to Walmart's website and select the item you wish to exchange. From there, you can specify the model, any damage it has sustained, the storage capacity if applicable, and whether or not it includes accessories like cables and controllers.

Once you've submitted the product's information, Walmart will offer you the estimated amount it's valued at. To redeem your digital gift card, print out the prepaid shipping label, stick it on a box with all the items you'd like to exchange, and wait for an email with a gift card you can use to purchase any goods from Walmart's online store.

If you have a problem with hoarding unused gift cards instead of electronics, Walmart has a program for that too. You can go to Card Cash to exchange your physical gift cards from various stores and restaurants for a Walmart e-gift card—just don't be surprised when you get less than what the card is worth.

[h/t Mashable]

Turn Your Couch or Bed Into an Office With This Comfortable Lap Desk

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If you're not working in an office right now, you'll understand the freedom of taking a Zoom meeting from your back porch, jotting down notes from your bed, and filling out spreadsheets from your sofa. But working from home isn't always as comfortable as everyone thinks it is, especially if you're trying to get through the day while balancing a notebook, computer, and stationery on your lap. To give you the space you need while maintaining your well-earned place on the couch, LapGear has the perfect solution to your problems with their lap desk, which you can find on Amazon for $35.

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With more than 6000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, the lap desk can fit laptops and tablets up to 15.6 inches across and includes an integrated 5-inch-by-9-inch mouse pad and cell phone slot for better organization. There's even a ledge built into the desk to help keep your device from sliding when you're at an angle.

For some added comfort, the bottom of the desk is designed with dual-bolster cushions, so you'll never have to feel a hot laptop on your thighs again. The top surface is available in various colors like white marble ($30), silver carbon ($35), and oak woodgrain ($35) to work with your design aesthetic.

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Turn Your Couch or Bed Into an Office With This Comfortable Lap Desk

LapGear
LapGear

If you're not working in an office right now, you'll understand the freedom of taking a Zoom meeting from your back porch, jotting down notes from your bed, and filling out spreadsheets from your sofa. But working from home isn't always as comfortable as everyone thinks it is, especially if you're trying to get through the day while balancing a notebook, computer, and stationery on your lap. To give you the space you need while maintaining your well-earned place on the couch, LapGear has the perfect solution to your problems with their lap desk, which you can find on Amazon for $35.

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With more than 6000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, the lap desk can fit laptops and tablets up to 15.6 inches across and includes an integrated 5-inch-by-9-inch mouse pad and cell phone slot for better organization. There's even a ledge built into the desk to help keep your device from sliding when you're at an angle.

For some added comfort, the bottom of the desk is designed with dual-bolster cushions, so you'll never have to feel a hot laptop on your thighs again. The top surface is available in various colors like white marble ($30), silver carbon ($35), and oak woodgrain ($35) to work with your design aesthetic.

Find out more about LapGear’s lap desk here on Amazon.

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