Mobile Cash Monster - almost a great idea, but not quite
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 mopay.co.uk.
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.