It's free here in Oregon, at least where I live. We have a law that
prohibits dumping them in the pit, but they will take them at the same
facility and put them on a pallet to be shipped off somewhere.
Around here if someone sets a CRT TV or computer monitor on the curb,
within an hour, it will be smashed right there and the copper deflection
coil will be taken. The scavengers always leave the debris on the curb
where they tore the old CRT unit apart. They make a hell of a mess when
they get their hands on an old big screen TV. O_o
I recoil at the thought.
Yes, in the city near me, there are a lot of copper
clapper kleptomaniacs, like Claude Cooper from
Cleveland. As reported by the Cleaning Lady.
One of my former friends was a copper grabber.
He used to break up the ferrite with a hammer,
and then rewind the copper into small coils, for
some thing to do.
I don't approve of people leaving a big mess like
that. But then, they didn't ask me.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On 8/27/2013 10:47 PM, The Daring Dufas wrote:
Freecycle members frequently offer CRT monitors and tv's
The TVs seem to be taken when offered, except maybe the projection
tvs. . Maybe the monitors get taken too, but not as quickly, by
people who don't know where else to get a used monitor.
(I would get my at the end of a hamfest, when sellers left behind ones
they could not sell. And since they last 5 or 10 years or longer, I
only need a new one when i refurbish a computer.) They have thin
screen monitors at hamfests now for 20 dollars, but the wide screen
thinscreen are still 90. Only one webpage that I rarely visit
really makes me move from right to left and back. If it gets worse
I'll spend the 90, or 70 by then..
Thanks. This adds to my feeling that Goodwill is more expensive here
than some other places. Because of supply and demand. In Asheville
NC CDs were a dollar, and here, at least at the Salvation Army,
they're 3. And VCR were 25 dollars at the SA until less that a year
ago. Finally they're down to 10 but still not 5 like someone else
I too should try a more expensive n'hood.
Interesting thing: I'm on 3 or 4 Freecycle mailing lists. and in
the area around me, the number of things offered is at least 10 times
the number of things requested.
On two other lists, in adjoining areas, the number of things requested
is at least as many as the number of things offered. And neither of
these two areas are poor. It's possible that the particular people
asking for things are poor, but the area around me has some poor
people too and yet the numbers are as they are.
I'm not against asking for things. I've had things I didn't use and
was happy to give away once I knew someone wanted them. But the
difference in ratios must mean something.
Pick it up from the curb and take it to a donation center, such as Good
Will, Volunteers Of America, etc. Make a few phone calls and I'm sure you
will find a place that accepts electronics for recycling.
My understanding is that in some states, if you sell electronics, you must
accept electronics for recycling.
a few years ago while in California, I had 5 dead monitors to dispose of.
*IF* I hid them one at a time in my trash bin, I was liable for something
like a $500 fine if the trash collectors found one. So, called trash
pickup and found the charge to pick up a dead monitor was $25, ...each.
Then, looked around for a local recycling plant who then paid me $5 each
for the monitors. All in all, not bad. Only 3 miles away, made $25
dollars, kept the environment clean(er), and somebody got the gold and
nickel out of those. I think they wanted the glass, too. Not sure.
Next time, tape a sign to it saying "Works Good", and that will increase
the chance that someone will take it.
The problem is that computer technology is changing faster than computer
products are breaking down or wearing out. So, there's an abundance of
old computer hardware that still works, but no one wants because there
is newer technology coming out all of the time.
Hewlitt Packard; one of the largest companies in Silicon Valley, is
facing bankruptcy over the next 5 years because it hasn't kept up with
the changing technology. Now, when everyone is wanting tablet computers
and smart phones, Hewlitt Packard is still making desktops and laptops.
The new CEO is trying to pull the company out of the fire with her "5
year plan", but if the last 5 years are any indication of what the next
5 will be like, HP stock will be going south in a hurry over the next 5
years. Ditto for Dell.
Let's face it, MOST people don't need much computing power. We're
social animals, and a smart phone that allows us to talk to, text and
video conference with other people meets our real needs better than a
200 terabyte hard drive. Computers are gradually going to evolve into
communications devices; like powerful smart phones that can surf the
net, allow you to videoconference with other people, pay your bills in
your spare time (like while you're on the bus going to work or back),
and all that. People need better communications devices more than they
need better computers.
Put on a sign " $50.00" and it will dissapear overnight!!!
If HP goes bankript it will be because it hasn't made a quality
product in over 10 years. Ever since they joined up with Compaq, they
have produced more crap than quality - particularly in the "consumer"
Same goes for Dell. Every one I get involved with turns into "the dell
If they are using it as a toy, I agree with you - but for serious
business use you still need a real computer. Try doing architectural
or survey CAD on a tablet or smart phone sometime - or run an
insurance data-base on a cell-phone. A 24" monitor is not enough
real-estate for many applications.
On 8/27/2013 9:28 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I work on their business PC's and they're good machines. The problems
with any of the business computers I service is the simple fact that the
corporate office of the stores won't pay for regular cleaning of
the machines to get the dust out of them and the computers overheat and
quit. They don't call us until the darn things die. O_o
I have a bunch of Dell computers, I'm on a Precision 390 right now and
the Dell computers here at the office are good machines. Just like HP,
the business machines are good and only die when they're allowed to clog
up with dust which causes them to overheat. o_O
I have to scan documents and upload them along with pictures to
corporate service companies we do work for and it's difficult to do on a
laptop and would be darn near impossible to do on a tablet. I don't
think I could run the software I use to download results from our
network test equipment to a tablet for upload to our service companies.
CY: I thought the sign should read "first $25 takes it"?
CY: Yes, like the analog televisions? And, the Beta tape players before
VHS. And the reel to reel tape for television. I used to use those reel
tapes when I was in school.
CY: What a shame. They are likely to go the way of the multi national
conglomerate that employed so many thousands of people. You remember
Amalgamated Buggy Whip? They shared a manufacturing complex with Global
CY: I can't comment on desk tops, but I see a LOT of people in my daily
life, carrying smartphones. I'm near to senior citizen. I do carry a
cell phone, but doesn't do aps, or anything video.
Computers are gradually going to evolve into
On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:52:56 PM UTC-7, Stormin Mormon wrote:
Until about ten years ago
I had trouble getting rid of old appliances
like water heaters, etc.
Now since the price of steel went up
the junk man comes to my door asking me if I have any.
Just wait until they realize
how valuable those rare earth metals are in electronics.
They will be coming to your door asking you for them.
On 8/28/2013 12:50 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The landfills of today are the metal and mineral mines of the future,
methane is already being collected from some landfills. It would be
interesting to be alive in 100 years just to see how waste is handled.
After their term is up, politicians could be ground into a fine powder
and use to federalize crops since many of them are pieces of crap
anyway. The real fiery ones could be ground up and used for fuel but the
CO2 that would come out of them could be a real problem. ^_^
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