It is estimated that Americans are going to spend $717.5 billion during the Black Friday shopping season. For many, it is a great time to update to a new appliance! If this applies to you, you might be considering if you should sell, donate, recycle, or dispose of your used appliance. Read on to find out which option is the suited for your needs!
If your appliance is still in great condition, you should always consider selling or donating your appliance before recycling or disposing of it. There are many local marketplace platforms such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or OfferUp, that can help ease the pressure that comes with managing the selling process. Remember to always check for market prices with similar models on the platform to ensure that your listing is competitive. Pictures and detailed descriptions will make a great post as well. More selling tips (https://ask.offerup.com/Selling/887968601/Expert-selling-tips.htm)
Aside from potential friends and family members that might need it, donating your used appliance to your local charity groups such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity, is also a great idea. Tax deduction is often awarded for items that are in good condition.
Many electronics stores will accept your used appliance for free or with a fee under certain limitations. If you’re purchasing a new appliance, the driver will usually be able to pick up your old appliance with a small fee. Note that many stores will only accept certain types of appliances. Always check online or call the store for more detailed information. For instance, Best Buy specifies what is accepted as recyclable online (https://www.bestbuy.com/site/services/recycling/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025).
If you’re creative, re-purposing your used appliances is also a great solution! For instance, an old mini fridge can be used as a TV stand and storage unit. Here are more ideas on how to re-purpose an old refrigerator (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/460915343096918853/?lp=true).
Dispose of it
This should only be your last resort. If you wish to dispose of your old appliance, you can contact Republic Services or Waste Management to come pick it up. Sometimes, your local city might offer bulk collection. Remember to remove freon, commonly found in freezers and refrigerators, for environmental safety reasons.
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