89% of households in the United States have at least one computer, and some have more!
Computers don’t last forever, so thousands and thousands of computers become obsolete each year.
If you have a computer or two, you no longer use, you might wonder what you should do with it. Of course, throwing it away isn’t a good option, but holding onto it for no reason isn’t either.
So, continue reading to learn eight things you can do with an old or broken computer.
- Upgrade It
Some stores offer computer trade-in programs where you can hand in an older model and get some money off a newer one.
This is a win for them because they can refurbish it or sell it for parts instead of throwing it away. And it’s a win for you because you save money on a new computer and prevent an unusable one from taking up space!
- Recycle It
Recycling is a valid option if it seems beyond repair to you and you don’t want to trade it in. CJD E-Cycling takes your old computers and keeps as much of them as possible for reuse.
You won’t have to worry about your information being taken from them and can rest easy knowing it’s being put to good use.
- Donate It
You can consider a computer donation if it’s still in good condition, but you no longer need it. Local schools, daycares, shelters, libraries, etc., would be glad to take it off your hands!
- Give It to Friends/Family
Many people want a computer but can’t afford one. Gifting a friend or family member a computer will surely make their day.
As long as it still works well, this can save them money and give them something they wouldn’t have otherwise had.
- Save for a Rainy Day
If you ever need to take your new computer in to get fixed, you’ll end up without a computer for days or even weeks.
Holding on to your old computer gives you something to use as a last resort if you need it.
- Use for Gaming
You can always repurpose the computer and use it for a straightforward task instead of everything.
Even older computers will work well for gaming or writing if it isn’t storing many files or running things in the background.
- Sell It
Everyone can use a bit of extra spending money. You could sell your old computer and put that money towards a new one.
Or you can sell it and save the money for something entirely different!
- Keep It in Your Guest Room
If you have a guest room, why not put the computer there? Then, any guests will be able to use it to get some work done, check their email, or watch videos.
Continue Getting Use From a Dated or Broken Computer
The life of a computer is often pretty short. But an old or broken computer doesn’t have to end up in the trash.
Next time you find your computer coming to the end of its life, try out one of these tips!
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