Due to the difficulty of recycling modern televisions, many companies that once recycled old TVs will not accept them or will only take them for a fee. However, there are still some options if you’re hoping to sell or recycle your TV. Below, we explain where to go.
What We Recommend
We place eBay and Facebook Marketplace at the top of our list.
eBay is where you’re most likely to get the best price for your TV.
Facebook Marketplace is a convenient option to post your TV with no listing fees, connect with local buyers, and customize your payment and pickup or drop-off options.
In comparing these places, we considered where you’re likely to get the best price and which options are the most convenient for sellers.
We’ve ordered the list beginning with the best options.
To sell your broken TV on eBay, you must register for an account and create a listing with specific details about your TV (condition, model, etc.). The site will suggest an auction price for you based on similar items for sale. You can select “local pickup only” so you don’t have to spend part of your earnings on shipping or offer shipping to reach a wider number of buyers.
To sell your TV on Facebook, visit the Marketplace section, then select “Create New Listing.” From there, you can enter specific information such as price, your location, and the condition of your TV. Add a few photos, and you’re ready to post your ad. Potential buyers will message you directly to negotiate the final price and pickup.
To avoid shipping costs, you can sell your broken TV locally via Craigslist. Select your city and then choose “Create a Posting” in the top left corner to post your ad.
TV Repair Shops
Many TV repair shops will give you cash for your broken TV; they may be able to refurbish the TV and sell it. Search for “TV repair near me” and then contact local shops to find out if they purchase broken TVs.
How to Recycle Your TV for Free
If none of the options above work for you, several companies will recycle your TV for free:
- MRM E-Cycling Management: MRM will recycle broken TVs at various locations across the nationwide.
- LG: LG recycles LG-branded electronics, including LG, Zenith, and Goldstar. Take your broken TV to an authorized LG drop-off spot or ship it for recycling through the LG Mailback Program.
- Samsung: Samsung TVs can be recycled at partner recycling centers nationwide. Note that Samsung doesn’t charge a fee for this service, but the local recycler might. Samsung also partners with Universal Recycling Technologies for a postage-paid mail back recycling program for TVs that weigh less than 50 pounds.