The charities may not want to deal with them, but I bet if you put them on craigslist for $10 or so each you will find someone willing to buy them. I sold a 18 year old, 13 inch set for $10 a couple months back. I needed to throw in a digital converter I no longer needed to sweeten the deal.
Last time I was in a Goodwill, they had shelves of 26"+ CRT televisions with prices like $5 and $9 on them. For five bucks, it doesn’t seem worth it to lug the thing across the store and put it on a shelf.
Check with Habitat for Humanity. I just (Saturday) bought a 13" from thier store, here in TN. They had a limit one per customer on their TV’s, so they must be selling out. May be a regional difference, though.
Knowlegeable arcade collectors can salvage the tubes (just the glass part) from the tv to match to an arcade chassis to fix a dead arcade machine, so it might be worth contacting a local group. But most of those guys check craigslist free section for them anyway. Yeah you will have a very hard time selling a tube but it shouldn’t be too difficult to give away.
We actually deal with a recycler thay pays us $0.15/pound for dead computers, monitors they do not pay for but they do take for no charge. They should be making a pickup tomorrow at our shop to pick up the 45 dead towers and about 40 dead laptops we have on hand.
You can try freecycle or put it on the curb with a sign ‘free’
But think about it, people are getting flat screens and that is just not a style issue, but the older sets have a lower quality of picture and also can’t tune in anything without a separate box. Also when one gets a flatscreen it’s pretty hard to go back to a CRT, so there is incentive to replace all your tv’s.
I don’t think there was anything like the pressure here to replace a well established technology, which results in a glut of still working but unwanted sets.
older set quality doesn’t always make a difference for picture quality. basic analog cable service will be mostly the same quality. people who used their tv set for analog over the air broadcast now get a better quality image using a digital converter box, with the old tv now being just a display. people will continue with that quality when they can replace the display for free or cheap. also many uses for a tv as a display device do no better than what the old crt sets will show.
Right. There are people for whom the choice of TVs is either a CRT for free/cheap or no TV at all. The 13-incher I mentioned above went to a woman’s mother in a nursing home. A year and a half ago I sold a 27-incher for $25 to a woman who didn’t appear like she had $200+ to spare for the equivalently-sized flat panel.
Thanks for the answers. I checked the Best Buy website in my area. Apparently, the state of WV has a law that prohibits any electronics from going to the landfill. But the same law also mandates that electronics resellers recycle them free of charge. So no charge, but no gift certificate.
I guess I’ll put them on the curb with “free” signs attached and if there are no takers, then off to Best Buy they go.
As an aside: It seems like a silly law. Most of WV is a long way from an electronics store. Since people are unable to take them to the dump, it seems like most of these old electronics will end up over a mountain/hillside slope somewhere…
ETA: I’m just surprised that there is ZERO demand for free ones. It seems like there are enough poor people in this state and in this economy that can’t afford a flat screen, but their old TV isn’t working. For them its a choice between a CRT and nothing, and my two that work perfectly will end up in the crusher…
while they may not go to the dump a local government body may still have collections where they get sent to recyclers, it might be limited to certain dates. it is cheaper for them to do that then have road crews pick up discards.