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Why Is It So Hard To Do The Right Thing? - February 26th 2011, 03:44 AM

Well over the past year or so a bunch of old spare electronics, old computers, dead monitors, failed electronic boards, have accumulated at work, as it had been my intention to recycle them. So today was "spring cleaning" in a sense, so I decided to get rid of these couple boxes of electronics that have piled up. After all, the news was reporting quite a bit lately about electronic recycling these days.

First I called a couple local places that offer pickups of electronics for recycling. From here began a bunch of surprises. The first place I talked to stated that they only come out for pickups for companies that have contracts with them. Then the second place said this... they charge seventy five dollars for a pickup, PLUS three dollars PER ITEM! Unbelievable it was, electronics recyclers proposing CHARGING ME to take useless electronics! This was exactly the opposite what I was expecting especially after all of the different stories about electronic recyclers PAYING OWNERS of their electronic salvage.

So I decided to do what I've done before, to take the junk to Best Buy, which offers no-strings electronic recycling dropoff... or so I thought. So before I left work, I crammed all of it into the car, then on the way home I stopped at the store, parked by the entrance, and brought in the various boxes of electronics. Then AFTER they took everything, the guy behind the counter then told me first told me that they would have to charge me ten dollars PER MONITOR that was in the boxes, but that I would be credited back with gift cards! I was shocked and in disbelief that after having donated items for recycling in the past without a problem, that now I was being put in a situation where effectively I was being extorted out of seventy or eighty dollars. Heck for that amount of money I could have just literally dumped everything in the dumpster and purchased a new 2TB hard drive or something!

The explanation I was given was that for each monitor, the store had to pay ten dollars for processing, and therefore they had to pass the cost to me upfront. (Whereas supposedly places make money for this stuff???) It was only after I asked for a manager and waited fifteen minutes that they decided to wave that as if they were doing me a favor by taking my stuff without taking my money. (Turns out that the BS policy was on their site, which wasn't disclosed to me on the phone, nor posted in the store.)

So why does it have to be such a pain and a hassle to do things the right way?
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Re: Why Is It So Hard To Do The Right Thing? - February 26th 2011, 03:57 AM

The only reason I can think of is the old saying that "the right way isn't always the easy way"

I don't agree with it.. and I think it should definitely be free... but I guess it costs someone somewhere money to dispose of these things in the end.. and with the economy the way it is.. prices for everything have gone up.

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Re: Why Is It So Hard To Do The Right Thing? - February 26th 2011, 05:35 AM

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So why does it have to be such a pain and a hassle to do things the right way?
Let's keep this short and simple: Money

Isn't it the core of this whole thing? If you were rich, then you wouldn't have to worry about the fees. Or if the processing fees didn't exist, then Best Buy didn't have to ask you to pay up-front.

I cannot help but think that we are investing our money into the wrong places all the time. Wars? Nuclear weapons (we don't dare using them anyway)? Big football league? Bands or singers that do more yelling than singing?

Hey, if science doesn't advance fast enough--if we are unable to take care of our own trash--then maybe one day we'll even throw trash out in space, too

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