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Recycling or Selling Cables/Cards/Memory/Chargers/CD-ROMs

by technomensch / January 24, 2009 12:36 AM PST

Hi Guys,

Absolutely loved your episode on recycling old gadgets, but I'm kind of in a stumped spot here. I have electronics to recycle, but not the kind discussed. As you can imagine, over the years, one has a tendency to not just accumulate lots of newer devices, but also cables and chargers of all shapes and sizes, and the kind of items that might be tough to recycle through the options provided. Essentially, I'm looking at 2 different types of items:

Cables and Chargers:
- USB 1.0
- Firewire
- Serial/Parallel/IDE
- RCA Video/Audio (The Red/Yellow/White ones)
- S-Video
- Phone, Network, etc..
- Cell Phone Wall/Car Chargers
- CD Car Chargers
- etc...
- And some chargers/cables that I've long forgot what they even go to.

Old Computer components that have been replaced due to upgrades that I never got rid of:
- old, outdated, low MB RAM/memory
- modem, network, and sound cards
- CD ROM/CD Burner/DVD/DVD Burners that are just outdated and slow, but completely usable
- Keyboards and mice (and those little USB adapters that come with the mice)
- Hard Drives whose data I would love to remove the data, but when connecting using an IDE to USB adapter to wipe them, they are not even found by my laptop, or they won't even spin up (Probably a topic for a whole different discussion)

There are the obvious options:
- garage sale
- try to find a local computer show
- bring them to work, dump them on a table, and say "have at it", but since some of it may be so old, I'd be laughed at
- ebay/craigslist

But I'd like to try to find one kind of one stop shop where I can just box them all up and send them away.

I've had this stuff gathering over the years and want it gone, but could use some extra cash if possible.

Am I living in a pipe dream, or do you guys have a solution/suggestion to help me out?

Marc K.
Coral Springs, FL

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by technomensch / January 24, 2009 12:55 AM PST

oh, I forgot to mention speakers as well.

And I'm looking for an option other than freecycle, which is my last resort.

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by cjisme / May 5, 2009 3:43 AM PDT

Did you ever get an answer to your question? I am interested in what to do with all this stuff as well.

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