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Shoppers can now trade in unwanted gadgets at Argos

Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 | Author: Paul Sanderson

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Gadgets that are no longer wanted by their owners can now be traded in at Argos stores across the country.

The retailer has become the first generalist UK retailer to offer this service which gives customers an instant quote and redemption for their used products.

It has introduced this service in partnership with WRAP at all of its 788 UK stores.

Initially, customers will be able to trade in mobile phones and tablets and will receive an Argos gift card in exchange.

These items will be refurbished in the UK and then sold.

The new service comes as a result of the EU Life+ funded REBus project, which led by WRAP, helps companies implement commercially attractive and resource efficient business models.

Argos head of corporate responsibility Amy Whidburn said: “As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices.

“By working with WRAP, we’ve been able to find the most effective path for our business to offer this and achieve wide-scale company buy-in to the business model. A model that has scalability, commercial potential and credibility, which all adds critical value to our brand.

“Depending on the response from customers, we may extend the scheme to include other electrical items in the future, such as cameras, sat-navs and laptops.”

WRAP director Marcus Gover added: “It’s fantastic to see this kind of service become available over Argos store counters.

“Resource efficient business models mean we can get the most out of a product economically and environmentally while offering real opportunities for business growth.

“We hope that Argos’ success will pave the way for change and give others confidence to embrace the circular economy.” 


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