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Old phones wanted for auction

Auctioning old mobile phones for charity is an initiative that was launched by the chain of eBay drop-off shops Auctioning4u and children’s charity Barnardo’s last week.

Forgotten phones could raise significant sums for charity


All donated phones will be sold through Auctioning4u on eBay, with a percentage of the final sale price going directly to Barnardo’s.

It is estimated that a mobile phone is sold every four minutes on eBay. Barnardo’s currently receives anything between 20p and £7 for a mobile phone donated, but this could increase by up to 20 times through the eBay scheme.

Auctioning4u head of fundraising Isabella Pawlowski said: “There is a huge market for mobile phones on eBay and this is a great opportunity for Barnardo’s to release the maximum value from this type of donation.”

The Science Museum’s current Dead Ringers exhibition estimates that we upgrade our mobile phones every 18 months when they are actually designed to last 10 years, with over 23 million of us dumping our old phones in drawers or cupboards before they are forgotten.

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