Mobile Cash Monster - almost a great idea, but not quite

15 April 2009

When you lie awake in bed giving serious consideration to car boot sales and taking days off work to sort through the garage and register boxes of crap on eBay, you know times are getting tough.

So not so long ago we ran a feature on websites that buy your old mobile phones for cash, providing a way to pay a few bills with a drawer full of handsets. A similar website has just launched, but one that seems to give with one hand and take away with the other.

Mobile Cash Monster is doing things differently, because not not only will they take your old mobiles phones, but inkjet cartridges and iPods too. Last time we compared four similar sites for the exchange values of a 16Gb iPhone and broken Sony Ericsson W810. Mobile Cash Monster will offer up £135 for the iPhone and £12 for the W810, meaning the rates are comparable to Love2Recycle and Mobile Phone Exchange, and better than the likes of Mobile2Cash and

So good rates for clearing out your disused handsets, plus you get to make cash on your old printer cartridges and iPods. That'd be a pretty decent deal, except that you're not paid in cash, you're paid in Amazon gift vouchers. Ah. So your electric bill isn't going to get paid as a result after all. And can't Amazon vouchers be bought in bulk?

Opening up such a scheme to cartridges and iPods is a great idea - it'd be nice to see that thinking extended to other brands of Mp3 players, and other gadgets, too - but aligning with a specific business so there's little choice but to buy even more crap doesn't seem all that helpful when money's tight.

TOPICS:   Mobile


  • The B.
    I noticed that there's a "boot fair" in Crystal Palace this weekend, I was going to take my wellies and army boots up there and let them go on the rides.
  • MinstrelMan
    your not allowed to post anymore bob!
  • Amzmalhotra
    I disagree, they seem to pay more than envirofone or mazuma mobile. And so If you intend to buy something from amazon in the future, it could be very useful.
  • Steff
    I was checking their website yesterday but prices are too low for my liking. It's much better to sell the mobiles on amazon or ebay (as used of course)
  • James
    I found that Fonebank offered me the best price for my old K750i (£17 cash). This site offers a £16.50 Amazon voucher... hmmm...
  • Kitty
    I buy from amazon a lot, particularly books and music, and the deals that I seem to be able to get from this new site for my old phone will mean that I don't have to spend cash. Good result for me!
  • john b.
    A very large majority of the phones are worth exactly nothing at all,yes that's right the website is willing to plant only a tree in return for the phone you send them.Not really a recycling scheme at all really,since they seem to be only interested in very modern top of the range phones,which you could sell for cash anyway,and you are unlikely to want to get rid of them for the very small sums they are offering(which is not even cash anyway,it's vouchers) deeply unimpressed to say the least.
  • browneyedgirl
    I think its good! Makes a change from other companies offering cash! Plus you can buy almost anything on Amazon. I never had any bother sending in my D900. Mobile cash monster is actually run by the same people as money4urmobile aswell so unlikely to go bust!
  • Graham
    There are a few sites out there like who will not only buy your ipod and mobile but alos your camera and games consoles - good if you're having a clear out and can't be bothered ebaying. Prices as they vary though (talking mainly about mobiles) - seem to pay well (top payers on the 2 phones I sold to them), shows you who pays the most for your handset.
  • NicolaT
    Im a bit puzzled by this post Mobile Cash Monster does pay cash not amazon vouchers, i just used then and must say i found them far better than environfone they paid faster and by bacs which just saved the hassle of paying a cheque into a bank, i work mon to fri so hard to get to bank. I would def reccommend them!
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