Smartphone Trade-Ins Can Cover Cost of 10 Top Holiday Toys

Smartphone Trade-ins Help Boost Budgets for Holiday Spending on Favorite Toys like Furby, Lego, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Nov 01, 2012, 08:59 ET from

MIRAMAR, Fla., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the holiday shopping season approaches, many families are already starting to think about how they'll pay for it all. Retailers are rolling out promotions such as revamped layaway plans in an effort to help consumers budget for gifts, and to capture a share of the $750 that families are expected to spend.  But instead of layaway or credit cards, Marc Leff, C.O.O. of ( suggests that consumers use old cell phones to pay for kids' wish lists.

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By trading in a Blackberry, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, iPhone or most other models, consumers can cover the cost of many of the popular items on this year's hottest toys list.  "Many people might never think to trade in their old smartphones to help cover tight holiday budgets, but there is a huge, untapped cash value in these mobile devices, " said Leff. " offers a fast and simple single page web experience, and a check is sent back to the consumer only one-to-two days after a phone is received."

The experts at demonstrate how trading in the following smartphones can cover the cost of 10 of this season's hottest toys*:

TOY/SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE                                              


-- Gelarti Designer Studio $24.99              

Blackberry Storm 9500 $26

-- Micro Chargers Time Track $34.99         

Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint  $36

-- Doc McStuffins "Time for Your Checkup" Doll $39.99       

HTC HD7 $40

-- Fischer-Price Jake and the Never Land Pirates – Musical Pirate Ship $44.99                      

Motorola Photon 4G (MB855) $46

-- Furby $59.99                                                                                

Blackberry Torch 9800 $60

-- Y-Volution YFliker F1 Scooter $89.99                                           

Samsung Epic 4G Touch $91

-- LeapPad2 Explorer Learning Tablet $99.99                                 

Blackberry Bold 9900 $100

-- Lego Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle $129.99                                   

iPhone 4 AT&T 32GB $130

-- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair $139.99          

HTC One X AT&T $150

-- Tabeo 7 inch Kids Tablet $149.99                                               

iPhone 4S Verizon/Sprint 16 GB $175

*Smartphone pricing as of 10/22/12 and subject to change.  Toy pricing based on 10/22/12.

About ( helps consumers around the country quickly and easily trade-in their cell phones for cash. is a program offered by independently owned and operated GRC Wireless (, located in Miramar, Fla.  GRC Wireless is one of the largest and longest-operating cell phone trade-in and buyback companies in North America and has bought back over six million cell phones since its founding in 2002.  Thousands of consumers and more than 6,000 charitable organizations turn to the company for fast and competitively priced cell phone trade-ins.