Skip to comments.Electronics and Appliances Recycling at Best Buy
Posted on 12/11/2018 7:10:14 AM PST by Leaning Right
Recycling made easy.
As the nation's largest retail recycler of used electronics and appliances, we're doing our part to responsibly reduce e-waste. Well take all kinds of used tech*, regardless of where you bought it, how old it is or who made it.
(Excerpt) Read more at bestbuy.com ...
There is a $25 fee for recycling items that have a screen (TVs and computer monitors). Most other electronic items are recycled for free. Some items they won't take at all (example: air conditioners). Details are at the website.
Best Buy took my old CRT monitors and TVs for free a few years back.
Best buy took my rebate for a hard drive many years ago. I will never say anything good about them nor will I ever enter one of their stores. $70 was a lot of money then. If you can not trust them in the small things you can not trust the at all.
Worst run company in retail!
The store in Tacoma has a bunch of young employees that look like soy boys and social justice warrior geeks. They are very good at talking to each other, not so good at talking to customers. And when asked about their products, not the slightest clue how anything operates. This store doesn’t last more than a few more years.
I need to find a good online retailer that has helpful chat specialists etc. Does anyone have a suggestion for me please?
Some old electronics stuff is worth a lot of money; some is worth nothing. You can be sure someone at Pest Buy is snagging anything good that comes in, sells it, and pockets the money.
Do research before you dump.
Check first. They may refuse your items.
Yep they have been doing this for a long time.
I’ve had a few bad experiences with Best Buy as well. For instance, they once refused to take back an item that was clearly returnable. Very rude.
So I avoided them for years. But about a year ago, I drifted back, and I’ve noticed a marked difference. The employees at both stores near me are now much friendlier, and more knowledgeable. Some executive in my area at least has been shaking things up.
> Some old electronics stuff is worth a lot of money; some is worth nothing. <
The government has made getting rid of some old items so difficult and expensive that the easiest way to get rid of them is to throw them out beside a country road. I would never do that and that’s why I have several televisions, a printer, a computer, etc. (most of which I inherited when I bought my house and some left in my rental house which was improperly vacated). It would cost me several hundred dollars to get rid of this stuff, so it sits on a designated shelf in one of the barns.
CNET.com is the old PC Magazine. They have lots of use articles and free and paid software.
I will never shop in a Best Buy again. EVER!
I bought a full suite of appliances for a newly vacant apartment I had available. They delivered three but not the stove. Delivery didnt know why it wasnt there.
I made four subsequent delivery appointments and they skipped every one.
I would make calls after every one and be on hold for up to an hour.
They would always say we have it figured out...itll be there next Tuesday.
Then another no show. And another. Etc.
They even promised $100 gift certificates for my trouble. They never came.
Finally, after two months and several snotty employees, I cancelled the order. Then no refund to credit card. Took another Month and a half dozen calls to get the refund.
Lowes delivered the same model stove the day after I bought it. No fuss no muss.
You might try Microcenter. They have a great online catalog and a physical store in both CA and MA. They ship and fix things too.
> The government has made getting rid of some old items so difficult and expensive... <
Yep. A couple of years ago I replaced about 10 crumbling blocks from a retaining wall. I didn’t know what to do with the old blocks, so I called a local recycling center.
“Sure, we’ll take them,” the guy said. “It’ll cost you about $150.” When I asked why, he said the government requires that each block be tested for hazardous materials.
So I broke up the blocks with a sledge, and buried the pieces deep in my back yard. But yeah, I can see where someone less responsible would just dump them on the side of the road somewhere.
The law of unintended consequences at work.
A sledge hammer will save you $25 then.
A few years ago when I was still trading futures I was running 4 22 inch monitors off a single Dell computer. My computer was trying to take a dump and rather than lose time and money waiting on a new one to be delivered I went to Best Buy. Told the salesman what I needed in tech terms and he assured me that a certain computer would fulfill my needs. I then asked if it doesn’t can I bring it back and get a full refund? Sure. Unpacked it and it wouldn’t run my monitors. Packed it back up and took it back, sure enough a restocking fee. I said that’s unacceptable and made them call the manager. After talking with the manager he refunded all my money and offered me a job because I knew more than even his tech guy. I said....that’s really sad and declined the job.
I worked for one of those electronics recycling and resale outfits.
” many years ago “
You got a job offer and didn’t know the computer you bought wouldn’t work?
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