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“Where Can I Throw Away My TV?”
The Super Bowl may be America’s most-watched TV show, but recent data indicate that it wasn’t a motivator for TV sales – at least in 2014.
<a title="Consumerist" href="http://consumerist.com/2014/01/24/do-many-people-really-buy-new-tvs-for-the-super-bowl/" target="_blank">One survey</a> suggested that regional spikes in TV sales may have something to do with who’s going to the big game and how long it’s been since they last made it, and the initial sales numbers throughout Seattle bear this out. Their last shot came in the 2005-06 season, which was long enough ago (but not too long, as with the Broncos) to spur a splurge in TV upgrades. That means there may be some folks who need to put their old models out to pasture.
On the other side of the coin, there are probably a lot of Broncos fans that tossed their TVs out the window and now need to find a place to dispose of the remains.
<strong>TV Disposal Options</strong>
While many a 12th Man with a new TV found the purchase well worth the price after Sunday’s game, there are probably some who have decided to get rid of their old TVs rather than keep them around. For the love of Mother Earth, don’t hide them in the trash! TVs may bring joy to millions, but they are also highly toxic and require special care when it comes to disposal.
<em>Donate It</em>: This is probably going to be your best option and the bonus is that it will make you feel good, too. Your local <a title="Salvation Army" href="http://salvationarmyusa.org/" target="_blank">Salvation Army</a> or <a title="Goodwill" href="http://www.goodwill.org/" target="_blank">Goodwill</a> outlets will be happy to take it if it still works and they should be able to provide you with a receipt so you can take a tax deduction on the estimated value.
<em>Recycle It</em>: Some electronics retailers like Best Buy will take your old TV for recycling at zero cost, but you should always call and confirm before you go to the trouble packing it up and carting it to the nearest store. If there are no such retailers in your area, consult the Internet for available electronics recyclers – including your local waste disposal provider.
<em>Sell It</em>: Never underestimate the power of Craigslist. Even money says you can probably find someone to buy a <em>broken</em> TV on Craigslist. People are always in the market for spare parts for their time machines and robot cage fighters, and your old TV could be the key to making their dreams come true.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes your old TV finds a proper final resting place – which is not the neighbor’s lawn, Broncos fans.