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June 21, 2016
Times The Moscow

I just bought a new camera/computer/washing machine. What do I do with the old one?

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2 years, 3 months ago Times The Moscow

It depends on what you want: to earn money, pay money, do some good for the environment, or just get rid of it fast. If you want some cash, you can try selling it through a site like Из рук в руки. But there’s a catch: Your Russian has to be up to responding to questions about the drum diameter or memory card. If you don’t mind paying some money, usually the company delivering the new product will take the old one for a fee. Or you can wait for a “trade in the old for new” sale at Eldorado, Tekhnosila, M.Video or DNS (digital equipment). These and other shops give discounts of up to 20 percent off a new purchase with a trade-in. The internet computer shop PC1 even has an online calculator that lets you figure out how much you can expect from your old flat screen when you buy a new one. All of these options are pretty good for the environment, since the company will either fix up your old machine and resell it, or use parts to fix another machine and sell the rest for scrap metal. But if you just want to get rid of something quickly, it’s really easy: Put it in a box and set it next to your courtyard garbage bins. It will disappear almost instantly and either be fixed and used, or sold for scrap.