eBay.ca Instant Sale Perfect for Smartphone Trade-Ins
After Apple announced the Apple iPhone 5 this morning, there’s no doubt many Canadians are preparing for the upgrade. But what will they do with their current mobile phones? Fortunately, eBay announced today a limited time offer for Canadians for their used smartphones. Through eBay.ca Instant Sale, Canadians will be able to trade-in their old smartphones, or other electronics, in exchange for cash.
“Canadians who lock-in their Instant Sale trade-in offer in the next 12 days will receive 20 per cent more on 36 smartphone devices, including up to $404.40 for their 64 gigabyte iPhone 4S,” said eBay.
eBay Instant Sale an online tool that allows Canadians to trade-in electronic devices for cash offers and has been available in Canada since January 2012. Operated by Staples Canada, trade-in devices turned in through the program are refurbished and then resold. The program , to date, has generated more than 10 million offers for used electronics worldwide.
“Just in time for the iPhone 5’s arrival eBay is offering top-dollar for smartphones,” said Andrea Stairs, country manager of eBay Canada. “We’re thrilled to give Canadians a reason to trade-in before they trade-up, while ensuring discarded devices end up in the hands of new owners.”
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Those interested in the service, especially in receiving 20 per cent more on trade-in value, need to get their guaranteed eBay.ca Instant Sale trade-in offer between today and September 24th at 11:59 pm ET. eBay provides Instant Sale customers with a free shipping label and customers hoping to cash in on this offer must send shipments postmarked no later than October 1st, 2012.
“Trade-ins makes sense economically and environmentally, and are an obvious step in the electronics lifecycle,” adds Stairs. “With Instant Sale, Canadians have a green way to dispose of their older devices while also offsetting the cost of purchasing the newest, must have, gadgets.”
See below for the maximum trade-in value you could receive on certain smartphone devices:
Device Maximum trade-in value
Apple iPhone 4S $404.40
Apple iPhone 4 $218.76
Apple iPhone 3GS $105.00
BlackBerry Bold 9900 $214.20
BlackBerry Torch $180.60
Samsung Galaxy S III $420.00
Samsung Galaxy Note $336.00
Samsung Galaxy S II LTE $252.00
How changing your company's software code can prevent bias
Two-third of tech professionals believe organizations aren’t doing enough to address racial inequality. After all, many companies will just hire a DEI consultant, have a few training sessions and call it a day.
Wanting to take a unique yet impactful approach to DEI, Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, took a look at and removed all exclusive terminology in their software code. By removing terms such as ‘master’ and ‘blacklist’ from company coding, Deltek is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into every aspect of their organization.
Business Chief North America talks to Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR and Leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Deltek to find out more.
Why should businesses today care about removing company bias within their software code?
We know that words can have a profound impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Many of the words that have been used in a technology environment were created many years ago, and today those words can be harmful to our customers and employees. Businesses should use words that will leave a positive impact and help create a more inclusive culture in their organization
What impact can exclusive terms have on employees?
Exclusive terms can have a significant impact on employees. It starts with the words we use in our job postings to describe the responsibilities in the position and of course, we also see this in our software code and other areas of the business. Exclusive terminology can be hurtful, and even make employees feel unwelcome. That can impact a person’s desire to join the team, stay at a company, or ultimately decide to leave. All of these critical actions impact the bottom line to the organization.
Please explain how Deltek has removed bias terminology from its software code
Deltek’s engineering team has removed biased terminology from our products, as well as from our documentation. The terms we focused on first that were easy to identify include blacklist, whitelist, and master/slave relationships in data architecture. We have also made some progress in removing gendered language, such as changing he and she to they in some documentation, as well as heteronormative language. We see this most commonly in pick lists that ask to identify someone as your husband or wife. The work is not done, but we are proud of how far we’ve come with this exercise!
What steps is Deltek taking to ensure biased terminology doesn’t end up in its code in the future?
What we are doing at Deltek, and what other organizations can do, is to put accountability on employees to recognize when this is happening – if you see something, say something! We also listen to feedback our customers give us and have heard their feedback on this topic. Those are both very reactive things of course, but we are also proactive. We have created guidance that identifies words that are more inclusive and also just good practice for communicating in a way that includes and respects others.
What advice would you give to other HR leaders who are looking to enhance DEI efforts within company technology?
My simple advice is to start with what makes sense to your organization and culture. Doing nothing is worse than doing something. And one of the best places to start is by acknowledging this is not just an HR initiative. Every employee owns the success of D&I efforts, and employees want to help the organization be better. For example, removing bias terminology was an action initiated by our Engineering and Product Strategy teams at Deltek, not HR. You can solicit the voices of employees by asking for feedback in engagement surveys, focus groups, and town halls. We hear great recommendations from employees and take those opportunities to improve.