Give Second Lives To Your Old Cell Phones

Old cell phones you’ve got piled up in that drawer could do some good for others. There are ample options for donating or recycling the outmoded devices. [More]

Staples Recycles Laptop By Cracking Its Screen

Staples Recycles Laptop By Cracking Its Screen

When you trade in your old electronic device for “recycling” while buying a new one, does that device have to work? Staples offered a $100 rebate this holiday season to customers who sent in their old computers after purchasing a new one. “Recycling” is in quotes because computers traded in had to be running, and include the charger, so they were bound for re-use rather than recycling. That was no problem for George, though — he traded in a working computer. Only the screen was cracked when it reached the center, and he didn’t get the full rebate. [More]

No, You Don't Need To Drop $1000 On A Wifi TV To Use A Roku

No, You Don't Need To Drop $1000 On A Wifi TV To Use A Roku

Sure, you should research purchases ahead of time, but discovering new things while shopping out in the real world can be fun. Reader HogwartsProfessor was browsing the electronics section at Walmart and had some questions about a Roku. Two associates told her that no, the devices only work if you have a wifi-enabled TV. This isn’t true, as she learned: the point of the Roku is that it is the device that streams Internet content to your TV. [More]

More Shoppers "Renting" Electronics From Retailers

More Shoppers "Renting" Electronics From Retailers

A new study shows that a growing number of electronics purchases — up to one in five — are being returned to retailers, and that a large majority of the items returned as defective are in fact perfectly fine. [More]

How To Clean An HDTV Screen

How To Clean An HDTV Screen

Dust, smudge marks and other mysterious grime can obscure the picture on that TV you’ve made the centerpiece of your living room. But the device is so seemingly fragile that it’s intimidating to attempt to clean it. [More]

Target Demands Extra $189 To Exchange Camera No Longer On Sale

Target Demands Extra $189 To Exchange Camera No Longer On Sale

Coco took advantage of a great deal at Target, buying a digital camera on sale for $189 below list price, with a $75 Target gift card on the side. Neat! Trouble was, he didn’t open or test out the camera until a week later, once the sale was over and the gift card had been spent. Photos taken with the camera didn’t come out, so he took the camera back to Target to exchange it for a working one. The trouble was, they couldn’t exchange it for him unless he paid an extra $189 and return the $75 gift card. [More]

If You Want The Best Electronics Deals, Wait A Few Days

If You Want The Best Electronics Deals, Wait A Few Days

Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday grab the headlines, those who wait until the first week of December to buy electronics may score the best deals. According to research by a University of Washington computer science professor, gadgets hit their lowest price levels after the deal-hunting crowds have thinned out a bit. [More]

Apple Replaces Frayed Magsafe Adapter Cables For Free

Apple Replaces Frayed Magsafe Adapter Cables For Free

Apple will replace or refund out-of-warranty frayed Magsafe adapters, according to the terms of proposed class action lawsuit settlement. [More]

Thailand Flooding May Cause Hard Drive Shortages, Price Increases

Thailand Flooding May Cause Hard Drive Shortages, Price Increases

If a butterfly on the other side of the world can cause a hurricane, a flood in Thailand can wreak havoc on hard drive customers. Devastating floods in the country are expected to soften manufacturers’ abilities to crank out hard drives, and analysts say private customers will have to deal with the resulting price increases more than computer manufacturers. Affected companies include Toshiba and Western Digital, which have temporarily shut down Thailand plants. [More]

How To Beat HDTV "Customer Service"

How To Beat HDTV "Customer Service"

If your HDTV set is malfunctioning you follow the advice most HDTV manufacturers put on their website, you can actually end up screwing yourself. Surprise, surprise. Here’s what you should do instead. [More]

Report: GameStop To Buy, Sell And Trade iOS Devices

Report: GameStop To Buy, Sell And Trade iOS Devices

Apple devices have always been conspicuously absent from GameStop’s wares, even as competing electronics trade-in services dealt with the likes of iPods, iPads and iPhones. That’s reportedly about to change, with GameStop already accepting trade-ins of the istuff leading up to the rumored October release of the iPhone 5. [More]

Saved Money On Electronics By Haggling? Consumer Reports Wants To Talk To You

Saved Money On Electronics By Haggling? Consumer Reports Wants To Talk To You

Surveys done by our corporate cohorts at Consumer Reports have found that around 50% of people who make an attempt at haggling end up getting some kind of a deal, even when shopping online. Now the editors at CR want to hear tales of successful haggling from consumers who’ve been able to bargain down the price at electronics retailers. [More]

Kodak Wants Your Old Cameras, Electronics

Kodak Wants Your Old Cameras, Electronics

If you’ve got a drawer full of old camera equipment, you can turn it into money by selling it to Kodak, which has introduced a trade-in program in which it’s seeking digital and film cameras and accessories, digital video cameras, digital picture frames and printers. [More]

Amazon Wants To Buy Your Abandoned Gadgets

Amazon Wants To Buy Your Abandoned Gadgets

Leaping into a crowded online electronic device trade-in field populated by the likes of Walmart, eBay and Best Buy, Amazon announced it’s expanding its own pawn shop-like program, which previously was restricted to DVDs, Blu-rays, video games and textbooks. [More]

Use Hollowed-Out Books To Hide Ugly Speakers

Use Hollowed-Out Books To Hide Ugly Speakers

Speaker systems are necessities for audiophiles, but it takes some clever design skills to make them look presentable. [More]

How Gadgets Designed For The Dump Are Killing The Planet

How Gadgets Designed For The Dump Are Killing The Planet

Annie Leonard is back with another engaging and frightening look at how our disposable electronics are trashing the earth. The concept is that our favorite gadgets are “designed for the dump,” because they’re “hard to upgrade, easy to break, and impracticable to repair.” For instance, her DVD player broke and the fix-it guy wanted $50 just to look at it. Why bother when you can get a new one at Target for $39? Something about this system has got to change. [More]

Are The Glasses A Dealbreaker For Buying 3D TVs?

Are The Glasses A Dealbreaker For Buying 3D TVs?

Whether or not it will last, 3D is still a growing trend at the movies and with TV manufacturers. However, a new survey shows that most people won’t buy a 3D TV just because they have to wear the required glasses. [More]

Canon 7D Or Barbie Video Girl: Which Is Better?

Canon 7D Or Barbie Video Girl: Which Is Better?

Sometimes when you’re comparison shopping for electronics, it helps to find a fan-made video test that looks at the devices side by side. Luckily for you, if you can’t decide whether to buy an $1800 Canon 7D or a $50 Barbie Video Girl, now you’ve got some help. (Hint: only one of these can be called “the sassiest camera money can buy.”) [More]