You are part of the computer generation. Which means you are part of the “it constantly updates” generation, and devices become obsolete faster than you can learn about the newest lines. PC’s and laptops may be more enduring than most personal technology today, but they still eventually give out or just have to be replaced for the sake of compatibility.
But, what do you do with the old one once the new one is in? Maybe the computer is broken and can’t be used anymore. Perhaps it still works, but it just sitting in a corner as you try to decide if you could actually bother selling it, and who would buy it. Either way, you have a dilemma: what next?
You can actually reuse your old computer or laptop for something new. This option can save you money, space and is more environmentally conscious than tossing it in the trash heap.
Here are a couple of ideas on how you can reuse that techno dinosaur:
Scrap It For Parts
An old or broken computer or laptop can be a treasure trove of useful parts. Especially if you are hoping to expand what you currently have. Hard drives and RAM are great for a PC in particular, as are graphic cards, DVD drives and other little bits and pieces you can cannibalize to improve the capabilities of your new system.
Or, you can just keep them on hand. You might find that you need something in the future, and having it in a box waiting to be installed can save you a lot of cash in the long run. You will also have it if a friend finds themselves in need.
A lot of people will dismount the hard drive and use it as a portable one for saving files. The higher the space capability, the better this idea will work. Since external hard drives can be pricey, it immediately saves you anywhere from $50 to $100.
Sell Parts Online
Keeping on the same line of thought as the last suggestion, you can also build some cash to use ofr the new computer (or to make up for the cost) by scraping the old model and selling the parts individually on eBay, Craigslist or through local newspapers.
For example, right now on eBay there is a Samsung laptop ID PATA 160GB hard drive on sale for $75 right now. You can also use a bidding system, which many people will be eager to take part in.
If you don’t know freecycling, you should. It is basically a giveaway where you find people locally who want what you are needing to get rid of, and vice versa. You can find a group in your city by checking out Freecycle.org.
The great thing here is that you give your computer to someone who really needs it. You can also save money by possibly trading it for something that they want to get rid of and you want or need.
Create An All-In-One Media Station
Stereos are pretty much in the past these days. No one buys CD’s, much less anything else. Instead, music has gone digital and downloaded music is the way of the future. So having an old laptop or PC hooked up to a nice set of speakers can be a great way to blast music through your house.
With all the room saved on your hard drive, there will be plenty for as many songs as you want. Plus movies, television shows and more.
You can reuse you computer in a lot of ways, as well as sell it to make a quick buck. If you are feeling charitable, you can also donate it to a company like ComputersWithCauses.org, which is tax deductible.
What are some of your ideas?
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