SAN DIEGO, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Tablet shipments have been on a steady decline, while tablet trade-ins are growing ecoATM, Inc., the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, saw tablet trade-ins more than double from Q1 2014 to Q1 2015 and set out to determine what's changed with tablet owners.
A recent ecoATM survey suggests a disconnect between initial expectations and eventual tablet usage.
Survey findings point to utility as a primary reason why tablet usage may be declining. Of those who no longer use their device:
"Just because your tablet has fallen out of your favor doesn't mean it has to gather dust. You can still take it to an ecoATM® kiosk to turn it into cash and give it a second life," said Randy Erman, director of product marketing at ecoATM. "ecoATM kiosks recognize more than 5,500 devices including tablets, smart phones and MP3 players."
With a network of more than 2,100 kiosks in the U.S., ecoATM has responsibly recycled or enabled the reuse of more than four million devices. ecoATM kiosk data lends insights into additional tablet trends:
To get the best value for tablet trade-ins through its network of kiosks, ecoATM recommends these simple steps for proper preparation before selling a device. To find an ecoATM kiosk location, please visit http://www.ecoatm.com/locator/.
Methodology: The ecoATM consumer tablet use survey was conducted by Edelman Berland between May 5-11, 2015, and polled 1,175 tablet owners in the U.S. The margin of error for the survey is ±2.9%.
ecoATM, is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system to buy back old phones, tablets or MP3 players for cash. ecoATM uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate electronics. ecoATM® eCycling stations provide a convenient trade-in solution with features that validate sellers' identities and deter the sale of stolen phones, and the company collaborates with national, state, and local law-enforcement groups in combating mobile phone theft through innovative use of technology and education (http://www.ecoatm.com/law-enforcement/).
ecoATM holds Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO14001 certification, confirming the company's commitment to maintaining the highest standards of electronics recycling, as well as ISO27001 certification for information and personal data security. See http://www.ecoatm.com/how-it-works/ for a video of how an ecoATM kiosk works.
 International Data Corporation (IDC), April 2015
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