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    Old and/or obsolete electronics you don't know what to do with...Whatcha got???

    There are several categories of electronics

    1. Brand new, cool, functional (latest cellphone, OLED TV, etc.)
    2. Older, still functional, just not quite as cool (the standard DVD player)
    3. Really old, kinda functional, but maybe best suited for a 3rd world country (the rotary phone, a standalone AM radio)
    4. Super old...but so old that maybe it's cool again (LP turntable, hipster doofus technologies)

    Whatcha got lying around in category 3 and 4? I'm sitting on some old stuff...like a cellphone the size of a briefcase and a 286 computer (circa 1991?). Not sure whether to discard, throw them on eBay, hold on or whatever.

    Is there a use for these things? Do you actually hold on to any of them in hopes that they become collectibles (I'm thinking NO)?

    At the same time, it's not quite environmentally helpful to dumpster stuff like this so I'm looking for a good option for disposal.

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    I have a 12" black and white TV Which was the first thing of value I ever owned (other then my bike), I purchased it via mowing lawns and such in 1974.

    I have some walkie talkies I bought at about the same time.

    And then this beast I bought used in 1979,



    all of this stuff still works fine, the stereo is golden, but a huge beast in comparison to modern equiptment.

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    Had it since I was 14/15. It's from the 80s, so it's pretty outdated. The harddrive in it died, too. Still, it works good as an effects board/amp simulator, so it's worth keeping around.

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    Still have an old Atari sitting around in the attic somewhere

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    I still have my Super Nintendo. Ken Griffey jr baseball was my fav.

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    Intellivision

    B17 Bomber was the tits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    Intellivision

    B17 Bomber was the tits.
    coulda sworn you were going to list something that required lubrication.

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    I have a very old cheap white plasticky big Panasonic radio that was in my parents kitchen since the 50s. I'll never toss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    Intellivision

    B17 Bomber was the tits.
    Bee Seventeen Baaaaalmber.

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    I still have most of the game systems I ever owned...

    Commodore VIC20
    Atari 2600
    Sega Genesis
    Nintendo SNES
    Nintendo 64
    Playstation 1
    Original Xbox

    Plus assorted turntables, a Toshiba VHS AND Sony Beta vcrs, a JVC VHS-C AND Sony Super8 Camcorder, a Brother Fax, and some off-brand Pentium 386 computer with maybe a 100 Mb hardrive and 256k in RAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGinley View Post
    Bee Seventeen Baaaaalmber.
    lolz

    Watch for flak!

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    It's only a matter of time before someone posts a picture of a Marantz-something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetstream23 View Post
    There are several categories of electronics

    1. Brand new, cool, functional (latest cellphone, OLED TV, etc.)
    2. Older, still functional, just not quite as cool (the standard DVD player)
    3. Really old, kinda functional, but maybe best suited for a 3rd world country (the rotary phone, a standalone AM radio)
    4. Super old...but so old that maybe it's cool again (LP turntable, hipster doofus technologies)

    Whatcha got lying around in category 3 and 4? I'm sitting on some old stuff...like a cellphone the size of a briefcase and a 286 computer (circa 1991?). Not sure whether to discard, throw them on eBay, hold on or whatever.

    Is there a use for these things? Do you actually hold on to any of them in hopes that they become collectibles (I'm thinking NO)?

    At the same time, it's not quite environmentally helpful to dumpster stuff like this so I'm looking for a good option for disposal.

    Toss that old crap, but always check on ebay first before you do - be sure to check completed listings too. Otherwise throw it out you hoarder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    I still have most of the game systems I ever owned...

    Commodore VIC20
    Atari 2600
    Sega Genesis
    Nintendo SNES
    Nintendo 64
    Playstation 1
    Original Xbox

    Plus assorted turntables, a Toshiba VHS AND Sony Beta vcrs, a JVC VHS-C AND Sony Super8 Camcorder, a Brother Fax, and some off-brand Pentium 386 computer with maybe a 100 Mb hardrive and 256k in RAM.
    DO you pose your marrionettes at the various equipment and take photos?

    "Jules enjoying a Sega interlude"

    "Frederick asleep at the Atari, 2600. Cheeky wanker, he were WARNED!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    DO you pose your marrionettes at the various equipment and take photos?

    "Jules enjoying a Sega interlude"

    "Frederick asleep at the Atari, 2600. Cheeky wanker, he were WARNED!"


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    you still crack me up, you crazy bastard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    I still have most of the game systems I ever owned...

    Commodore VIC20
    Atari 2600
    Sega Genesis
    Nintendo SNES
    Nintendo 64
    Playstation 1
    Original Xbox

    Plus assorted turntables, a Toshiba VHS AND Sony Beta vcrs, a JVC VHS-C AND Sony Super8 Camcorder, a Brother Fax, and some off-brand Pentium 386 computer with maybe a 100 Mb hardrive and 256k in RAM.
    N64 is still really popular among college students. Great drinking game for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj2socaljetsfan View Post
    N64 is still really popular among college students. Great drinking game for it.
    That low frame rate, though.

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    I own an old Nokia phone in case of a break in... Much more intimidating than a gun and Obama can't take it from me

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