It's Christmas morning. You're all excited as you pillage through layer upon layer of gilded paper and bows, and there it is! A 7-inch Acer Iconica Tab A100! Just what you've been not dying for! Uh. Thanks?
Look, someone spent good money on you, and it's the thought that counts. They just don't know any better. So, you don't have to be a jerk about it, or ungrateful. Say thank you, and act happy, and then here's how to deal with unwanted Christmas electronics.
Step One: DO NOT BREAK THE SEAL!
You may be tempted to go ahead and open that sucker up to check it out, probably to show your well-intentioned giver that you really, really do love this horrifying waste of cadmium and rare earth metals, but that's a mistake. As soon as you blow through any exterior packaging, you may have to pay a restocking fee, if you can even return it at all. And if you do end up having to re-sell it, the most valuable component you can find on the second-hand market is intact shrink-wrap.
Step Two: "This is so lovely and unusual, wherever did you find it?"
Obviously, your best bet is to send it back from whence it came. But where is that, exactly? And how do you ask in an inoffensive way. This is actually pretty easy. You just need to act dumb. "Why, I didn't even know LG made phones! And it runs something called Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, you say? Never heard of it, but I bet it's just as great as Alexander himself! Where did you ever find such an unusual and wonderful gee-gaw? May I have that address? I think I would like to shop there myself sometime."
Step Three: Trade In
This is where things get tricky. Maybe you couldn't bring yourself to ask about returning it. Maybe it was past the return window. Maybe it was already repackaged. Whatever. If you can't return it, at least try to get some dough for it. Craigslist and eBay are okay, but you should make this easy on yourself. Amazon, Best Buy and Gazelle all have trade in programs that offer easy money (or store credit) for your gadget. If you'd prefer to one-stop shop, EcoSquid has a nice comprehensive search.