Touting its concern for the environment, office supplies specialist Staples will be running a computer trade-in program on Sunday and Monday. Consumers who bring in an old PC will get $100 off the purchase price of a new computer with a Pentium 4 processor, or for those not in the market for a computer, $20 off any purchase totaling $100 or more. The old computers will meet one of several fates: Staples will donate them to the educational sector, recycle the parts, or see to it that the systems are properly disposed of.
PC makers such as Dell Computer andhave been offering similar, year-round trade-in programs for a number of months. Electronics retailer Best Buy, meanwhile, has hosted drop-off events for people looking to get rid of old computers and appliances. In both cases, consumers had to pay a modest fee up to $35.