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Is there any "market" for old electronics, even for free?

I actually found a recycler in driving distance who claims he will even
take my CRT tvs.

I know, except for some weird situation I won't find, no one wants a CRT
TV but what about....

A westell DSL modem Hub

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Westell-Wir...-/153433002888
still offered for $20 plus 9 shipping, but does that mean anyone can
use it?

My wifi router.

a router without wifi? (bought by mistake at a hamfest, when I didn't
notice it had no antenna. Otherwise it looked just like the one I was
using.



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a router without wifi? (bought by mistake at a hamfest, when I didn't
notice it had no antenna. Otherwise it looked just like the one I was
using.


Many professional/commercial grade routers do not have built-in wifi.

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On Mon, 24 May 2021 20:59:49 -0400, micky
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Is there any "market" for old electronics, even for free?


Best Buy will recycle electronics. They charge $25 for any display
(no matter what the size) and everything else is free.

I actually found a recycler in driving distance who claims he will even
take my CRT tvs.

I know, except for some weird situation I won't find, no one wants a CRT
TV but what about....

A westell DSL modem Hub

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Westell-Wir...-/153433002888
still offered for $20 plus 9 shipping, but does that mean anyone can
use it?

My wifi router.

a router without wifi? (bought by mistake at a hamfest, when I didn't
notice it had no antenna. Otherwise it looked just like the one I was
using.

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Is there any "market" for old electronics, even for free?


Depends on what it is. Quite a decent market for early personal
computers and some more specialised stuff like SCSI cards etc.

I actually found a recycler in driving distance
who claims he will even take my CRT tvs.


That's certainly a bit dubious.

I know, except for some weird situation I won't
find, no one wants a CRT TV but what about....


A westell DSL modem Hub


None here, we have moved to VDSL2+ now.

Might still be some demand there.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Westell-Wir...-/153433002888
still offered for $20 plus 9 shipping,
but does that mean anyone can use it?


They can if they still have a dsl service.

My wifi router.


Some do still use those as wifi access points to get more wifi access in
their house.

a router without wifi?


A few do still use those.

(bought by mistake at a hamfest, when
I didn't notice it had no antenna. Otherwise
it looked just like the one I was using.



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In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 25 May 2021 12:06:12 +1000, "Rod Speed"
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micky wrote

Is there any "market" for old electronics, even for free?


Depends on what it is. Quite a decent market for early personal
computers and some more specialised stuff like SCSI cards etc.

I actually found a recycler in driving distance
who claims he will even take my CRT tvs.


That's certainly a bit dubious.

I know, except for some weird situation I won't
find, no one wants a CRT TV but what about....


A westell DSL modem Hub


None here, we have moved to VDSL2+ now.

Might still be some demand there.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Westell-Wir...-/153433002888
still offered for $20 plus 9 shipping,
but does that mean anyone can use it?


They can if they still have a dsl service.

My wifi router.


Some do still use those as wifi access points to get more wifi access in
their house.

a router without wifi?


A few do still use those.

(bought by mistake at a hamfest, when
I didn't notice it had no antenna. Otherwise
it looked just like the one I was using.



Thanks everyone. The guy who says he'll take the CRT tvs will also
thaek everything else electronic, AC or battery, and I'm going to use
what I find in this thread and decide how much other stuff to take to
him and how much to dispose of elsewhere.

I've arranged to borrow a pickup to deliver to him, and there's a
hamfest the Sunday before that where I can just give some of the lighter
stuff to any vendor who might want to sell it and keep what little he
gets money.

(One year I had my own "booth" (tarp) for two days at the Gaithersburg
hamfest, and I did pretty well. Over night, I just left evefrything
there, with prices marked and a couple things were sold, with the money
put under the tarp. Nothing expensive.

I guess IIUC UPS would wrap things for shipping if I sold on ebay, but
I'm not ready for that yet.


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Is there any "market" for old electronics, even for free?


Depends on what it is.


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On Mon, 24 May 2021 20:59:49 -0400, micky
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Is there any "market" for old electronics, even for free?


I guess it can depend on if there *is* a market for any of it for some
reason. Like, I was given a commercial Hard Drive storage unit that
was full of low capacity half height 3.5" SCSI HDDs that turned out to
be of use to people running / upgrading a game console of some sort
and they all sold on eBay for a reasonable sum.

I actually found a recycler in driving distance who claims he will even
take my CRT tvs.


We have a recycler who pays for old PCB's and even cables and
connectors as they recover any precious metals (primarily gold) and
even the lead from the solder. Old CPU's and RAM are good as they
often have gold plated pins.

So if I have something that is both dead and unlikely to be of any use
to anyone else (even if working) I generally take it to bits, recover
anything that might be of use to me (screws, switches, fuse holders,
IEC sockets, big caps etc) before recycling what's left.

Might be worth a quick check online (eBay etc) *before* you strip
something down as you can often be surprised how valuable some old
stuff can be. I stripped a couple of brand new / old stock 486 mobos,
only to see on eBay they were going for quite a bit (possibly old
engineering equipment that still used such). ;-(

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On Mon, 24 May 2021 20:59:49 -0400, micky
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Is there any "market" for old electronics, even for free?


It depends a lot on where in the world you are.

Here in Norway, everything is regulated to the bone. E-waste is no
exception.

Vendors who sell electronics are required by law to accept e-waste for
free. It does not matter where it was bought or how old it is.

Then, there is, of course, a tax: Vendors who collect less then what
they sell, measured by weight, must pay a tax for the amount of weight
they are "short". This means that the e-waste has actual value to the
vendors, so they lock their e-waste into steel containers to keep it
from getting stolen.

Fixers and tinkerers who just need a thermostat or a capacitor or
whatever, have no choice but to buy a brand new one. Probably from
China.
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On Monday, May 24, 2021 at 10:06:21 PM UTC-4, Rod Speed wrote:
micky wrote


I actually found a recycler in driving distance
who claims he will even take my CRT tvs.

That's certainly a bit dubious.


I don't know where Rod is, but in my state (U.S.), recyclers are required by law to accept CRT TVs if they want to accept any other electronic waste.

Here's an interesting tidbit: I was bringing four or five flat TVs to a recycler a week to clear out the stored crap, and after a few weeks, they told us they wouldn't accept any more from us because we were a business. I'm sure the fact that any good boards were long removed from these TVs had nothing to do with their decision. I don't know if they can deny us because we're a business or not, but it's clear that a good portion of their profits from recycling TVs is running an ebay TV parts store.

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In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 25 May 2021 11:38:36 +0200, HW
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On Mon, 24 May 2021 20:59:49 -0400, micky
wrote:

Is there any "market" for old electronics, even for free?


It depends a lot on where in the world you are.

Here in Norway, everything is regulated to the bone. E-waste is no
exception.

Vendors who sell electronics are required by law to accept e-waste for
free. It does not matter where it was bought or how old it is.


And do they actually recycle it? Take it apart and save resusable
minerals?

Then, there is, of course, a tax: Vendors who collect less then what
they sell, measured by weight, must pay a tax for the amount of weight
they are "short". This means that the e-waste has actual value to the
vendors, so they lock their e-waste into steel containers to keep it
from getting stolen.


Wow.

But what happens to it? If they just put in a landfill, that would be
no better than here.


Baltimore County no longer has what was called Bulk Collection, so if
you have something big to get rid of you have to have your own truck or
hire someone and they charge a minimum of over $100. That might be worth
it if you have a lot of things, but when there was free collection, once
a month, I think it was, you could just put out one thing. You didn't
have to save up your bulk trask for months until you have $100 worth.
So unlike other money-saving measures by the government, this is a
tremendous inconvenience.

There are 3 places in Baltimore County that accept recycling and trash
and it says they recycle electronics except TVs and monitors, which
they do take as trash. Which makes it all the more surprising that
this place I mentioned says it recycles them. (And not only that, it's
the only place within 50 miles that does so and it's only 3 miles from
here. It doesn't look big enough on satellite view but I talked to the
guy on the phone and he seemed sane and business-like. I'll have more
details in a couple weeks after I've been there.)

**Some things are only accepted at one of the three. I think I had
dirty kerosene that at the time only one place would take. They took
car batteries and other things, and I'm sure thy recycled them.

https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/de...materials.html

This led to another one I coudln't find before, erevival.com that says
"Unlike other electronics and computer recycling companies, eRevival
Computer and Electronics Recycling offers the highest value for
retired/obsolete computers, monitors, hardware components, networking
equipment, media tapes, phone, fax and copier systems. eRevival
Electronics and Computer Recycling also have a competitive advantage
when it may become necessary to dispose of your equipment when it
exceeds the marketable value."

But doesn't list tv's.

Fixers and tinkerers who just need a thermostat or a capacitor or
whatever, have no choice but to buy a brand new one. Probably from
China.




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