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jimp posted 03-09-2010 11:14 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimp   Send Email to jimp  
What do you do with old electronics?

Old fathometer/fishfinders that are over 20 years old. Still in working order and with all parts and manuals.

If you advertise and nobody wants them, do you throw them in the garbage?


sternorama posted 03-09-2010 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     
Good question. Maybe you could find a boy scout troop that could learn by playing with them?
fishgutz posted 03-09-2010 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Some Goodwill donation centers have electronics recycling programs.

Some cities have electronics recycling programs. They will usually destroy your hard drive while you watch. I did it myself ahead of time. I turned in an old computer and some old cellphones. I walked away with about $5. I know it isn't much but better than putting it in a landfill.

contender posted 03-12-2010 06:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
Its true, it's a sad situation you pay an arm and leg for new electronics and in 2-3 years they are so outdated you can not get anything for them. (I have an Impulse 2830 brand new in a box never used with all the mounts, plugs, paper work and I think it is 20 years old) What to do with it?
handn posted 03-20-2010 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
Maybe some of them will eventually become valuable like old computers.
WhalerAce posted 03-26-2010 08:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerAce  Send Email to WhalerAce     
You recycle them for use by others. Here's how:

My 26-year-old son's birthday was coming up and all he wanted was money to buy a new sound system for his 350-Z convertible. I did him one better -- I gave him an entire sound system, though the sound system itself was the 8-track player with cassette adapter and speakers that came out of my 1968 Evinrude Rogue.

Anyhow, I gave him his present (all wrapped up) at work, and it got a good laugh all around, and I was able to "recycle" this fine stereo sound system.

--- WhalerAce

jimh posted 03-28-2010 12:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Electronic devices build in the 1980's generally contain components of a reasonable size, and most of the components are discreet components. Modern c.2010 electronics are built with tiny surface-mount components and use highly integrated circuit packages.

With older electronics you can actually take them apart, investigate how they work, stick an oscilloscope probe or multi-meter probe into them to measure electrical voltages and currents, and otherwise get your hands on the circuit and what it does. New electronics require a low-power stereo-vision microscope to work on them, and the working end of most conventional probes will be too big to be useful in connecting to a circuit board trace or component pad.

Give the old electronics to some inquisitive 12-year-old who wants to learn about electronics and likes to take things apart.

phatwhaler posted 03-30-2010 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
Put it on Ebay. Sometimes people have an older unit flush mounted and would rather reinstall an old device instead of cutting a bunch of new holes in their boat. I sold and old Sitex bottom machine to a guy who just bought it as a spare.

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