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It’s always a dilemma around Christmas time. You’ve received a ton of new gadgets, so what to do with all your now useless old ones? Technology disposal can be an environmental nightmare. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only about 10 percent of used mobile devices, for instance, are recycled each year.
But many have no idea what to do with old TVs, smartphones, computers. It is actually illegal in some states, like California, to just dump them in the trash.
Here are some suggestions about how to handle your electronic discards:
–Drop it off at Best Buy. “Best Buy runs one of the most comprehensive electronics recycling programs in the nation,” reports The Los Angeles Times. According to Best Buy, it collects more than 400 pounds of products for recycling every minute their stores are open. And it doesn’t matter where the products were originally purchased from. You can even turn in old rechargeable batteries and wires to recycling kiosks in-store. Give electronics to the customer service counter. And if you get a new product from Best Buy delivered to your home, it will remove appliances or TVs for free. Or you can arrange a pickup with no product purchase for a fee.
The company accepts most electronics; those that can’t be refurbished or resold are recycled. With a goal of recycling one billion pounds of electronics by the end of this year, Best Buy would be happy to take that old laptop off your hands.
–Go Gazelle. Gazelle will actually pay you for used gadgets, which it then sells to new customers. Look for the item on a list on their site, answer a few questions about the product’s condition, and you’ll get an offer. “If you accept, you choose how you would like to be paid (check, PayPal or Amazon gift card) and can ship your device to them for free,” reports the Times.
–You can also look for a local recycling center. In California, for example, there is CalReycle, which has an online database for residents to locate a recycling center that takes part in the state’s Covered Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Program. Check to see what’s available in your city.
I enjoy a good deal just like the next woman on a budget, but after living and learning the hard way I’ve come to accept that there are just some types of items where going cheap is just not going to get it. A lot of people have grown accustomed to asking for the generic versions of prescription medications at the pharmacy or comparing the ingredient list on a bottle of NyQuil and the drug store’s Nite Time, but going the bootleg, discount, get it for the low-low route on a lot of other things will end up costing you a whole more than you thought you saved. Think it won’t? Check out this list of products it’s better to just spend the extra cash on.
(Daily Finance) — If you’re in the market for Nintendo’s flashy 3DS, it will pay to wait a few days. On Friday, the handheld gaming system that delivers immersive gaming experiences without 3-D glasses will drop from a retail price of $250 to a mere $180. While gizmo makers rarely pre-announce price cuts, Nintendo pretty much had to tip off the market early about the markdown. The 3DS has only been on the market since March, and the last thing the gaming giant wants to do is alienate the early adopters/purchasers by blindsiding them with the price cut news after the fact. Nintendo is hoping to make it up to early buyers by granting them access to 20 free digital downloads, though many existing 3DS owners will probably be kicking themselves for not pocketing the extra $70 they could have saved if they had only waited.
(Crave) — Let nobody ever tell you that there’s no power in social networking. 50 cent has a created a new way of investment consulting. He’s cornered the rap game, made millions as a spokesperson for Vitamin Water and has devoted himself to success in acting, but none of that stands up to making $10 million in two days. Warren Buffett who? After 50 Cent unveiled a new brand of headphones bearing his name last week, the rapper used Twitter to tell his 3.8 million followers to buy stock in the marketing company – a business he partly owns.
(BET) — 50 Cent has long been admired for his business sense. It turns out the Queens MC-turned-mogul is quite the spokesperson as well. Fif, who recently became minority owner in TV Goods, took to Twitter to encourage his followers to invest in the company this weekend, causing the company’s stock to soar 355%. “I invested in TVG,” he wrote. “If you can by stock in it. I don’t care If its only 500 dollars. You better get in now TVG I’m never saying this again. Watch how this company blows up.”
(Wall Street Journal) — Ludacris and 50 Cent are joining a growing crowd of celebrities lending their names to headphones. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, the rappers announced ventures with electronics companies looking to cash in on a booming trend. Monster Cable Inc. was first on the scene a couple of years ago, complementing its Miles Davis “Trumpet” with lavender Bieber buds and tricked-out Lady Gaga earpieces, ventures with Beats by Dre, the producer’s company with Interscope Records’ Jimmy Iovine. This week, Monster announced a line with NBA star Yao Ming, to be sold in China later this year.
(Hip Hop DX) — Queens rapper 50 Cent will soon become the latest Hip Hop artist to enter into the headphones market. According to CESWeb.org, the Website for the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, 50 Cent will debut his wireless headphones at their tradeshow on Thursday, January 6. This latest business venture from 50 Cent is a collaboration between himself and Sleek Audio a company that specializes in creating a unique listening experience for each individual listener. Referred to as Sleek by 50 Cent the headphones will be the latest product to be added to the wireless headphone market.
(New York Times) — WHEN most people buy a television, they measure the wall where they want to put it and then pick the largest screen that will fit. That is exactly the right way to buy a big TV, but it misses the point if you want the right TV. The good news is that picture quality has improved radically in the last five years, even as prices have plummeted. The bad news: there are a bewildering number of specifications and features to consider. Many of them will matter only to hard-core videophiles, but some are critical to everyone.
(Washington Post) — As you arm yourself with electronic gifts over the next few weeks, you probably won’t think about the minerals your new cellphone, laptop or digital camera runs on. But no matter which company made the gadget, it’s likely to be powered using tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold, all of which are mined in Eastern Congo, where profits contribute to financing the country’s bloody war. Rebel groups and the national army control many of Eastern Congo’s mines. Over the past decade, more than 5 million people have died, and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped in the struggle for power, according to the Raise Hope for Congo campaign. While the Congolese government has expressed interest in tackling the multimillion-dollar trade in minerals, the involvement of its own troops has led critics to question their efforts.
(CKHID Online) — Rappers seem to be venturing outside of the box when it comes to endorsement deals. Fans are used to seeing their favorite celebrities starting new fashion lines, frangrances, or shoe lines. However, Ludacris may be joining in on a new trend by starting a new line of headphones. The headphones are called Soul. Other artists such as Diddy, Jay-Z, and Dr. Dre started headphone lines this year as well. Soul by Ludacris was launched last weekend on October 3, 2010 at an upscale hotel in the ATL. Ludacris took part in the despgin of the new earphones by Atlantic Technology. They feature a sleek style and currently come in black. The new Soul earphones work with iPads, IPods, CD players and HD radio. Atlantic Technology plans on releasing three more models of the earphones and two others with smaller earpieces.