Newegg has taken a laudable step towards tackling the world’s e-waste and lightening the load on the wallets of gamers and other graphics card buyers thanks to a new trade-in scheme. The Newegg GPU trade-in program lets buyers swap their old graphics card for a new one, receiving a discount of up to $561.
The scheme can be applied to any new graphics card purchase with trade-in options available for both AMD and Nvidia GPUs. However, the range is limited, with no current-generation cards on the trade-in list, and there are no Intel GPU trade-in options at all.
For AMD GPUs, any model from the RX 5500 XT to the RX 6950 XT can traded in, with discounts ranging from $30 to $375. Meanwhile, the Nvidia list starts at the RTX 2060 6GB and extends to the RTX 3090 Ti 24GB, with discounts ranging from $90 to $561.
Not only are cards categorized by GPU but you also select the board partner and even the exact model number so Newegg can provide an exact discount price. You also have to confirm the card is working and in good shape.
We tested the discount system and picked out an RTX 2080 8GB, then picked Gigabyte and finally picked out the GV-N2080WF3-8GC. For this particular card, we were offered $160, which is roughly half the price these sell for on eBay. Meanwhile, a similar comparison of a few other models showed a roughly $60-$200 difference (depending on the overall value of the card) between the price you can get on the secondhand market and the trade-in offer.
This isn’t the best way of maximizing your money for your old card. However, it makes for an easy option as Newegg provides a pre-paid shipping label, plus there are no seller fees like you’ll get on eBay.
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