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What do you usually do with old hardware?

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Repurpose it
  5528 votes / 21%
Trash it
  2779 votes / 10%
Hoard it
  11037 votes / 43%
Give it away
  3652 votes / 14%
Sell it
  840 votes / 3%
Cry and bury it in the back yard
  1767 votes / 6%
25603 total votes.
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What do you usually do with old hardware?

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  • Donate it! (Score:5, Informative)

    by nullchar (446050) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:00AM (#39966255)

    I donate old hardware to my local PC Recycler. They supposedly re-purpose the decent hardware and give that to local charities, then recycle the rest.

    But recycling usually means loading up a few shipping containers to send somewhere [] without many environmental controls.

    Find a more responsible electronic waste recycler here: []

  • Craigslist (Score:5, Informative)

    by pavon (30274) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:04AM (#39966303)

    I hate to just throw things away, and in the past there was no good way to find people that could use the majority of the hardware I had. So I used to hoard it on the rare chance I could find a use for it later, and eventually take it to the electronics recycling after it was 15+ years old. Now I can use Craigslist to get rid of it, so I have gotten into the habit of selling things as soon as I don't have a use for them, while they are still useful to other people.

    I've stopped posting things for free, since the people who responded to those tended to be a much bigger hassle. They would say they were picking it up at a certain time, and I would never hear from them again. They would would insist on sending detailed questions on the condition of the equipment through text messages even though my posting stated in caps not to text me. And I got the impression that most of them were just getting the stuff to hoard it as well, since you can't beat free. I have found that just setting a $5 price weeds out most of those folks.

  • by Ellis D. Tripp (755736) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:24AM (#39966587) Homepage

    Even stuff like 386/486 era PCs generally get claimed within a day or so. About the only thing that nobody seems to want anymore are CRT monitors. []

    I've also picked up quite a few pieces of gear from other freecyclers over the years. One man's junk and all that...

  • Freecycle (Score:4, Informative)

    by Deep Esophagus (686515) on Friday May 11, 2012 @10:27AM (#39966619)

    It's not just for the US anymore... []

    Freecycle is the perfect matchmaker between folks who are getting rid of stuff and folks who are looking for stuff. You think nobody in their right mind would want this old piece of junk? Think again!

    Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated with The Freecycle Network®; I just participate frequently.

  • Freecycle (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kadagan AU (638260) <kadagan AT gmail DOT com> on Friday May 11, 2012 @11:08AM (#39967181) Journal
    If I have something that I no longer need and can't sell, my local freecycle [] group is always a good option! I think you'd have better results with them than posting for free on craigslist.
  • Re:Outdated. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dahamma (304068) on Friday May 11, 2012 @07:30PM (#39974561)

    We have a service like in the Bay Area, it's called Weird Stuff Warehouse []. I'm not sure I have had anything they wouldn't take and either recycle or fix up and resell...

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