Yesterday on “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024” we talked about LPs. Today we turn our attention to the old stereo equipment on which we used to play them.
I remember when my dad moved me into college. He took me in our family station wagon, and about 1/3 of the cargo area was full of my stereo. I loved that stereo. It had about five components, giant speakers, and a neat cabinet that held my albums in the bottom. It is funny to me that today I can get better sound quality from my phone.
For various reasons, many of us have old stereo equipment lying around. Maybe we like having the option to play an old album or cassette tape. Maybe we have nostalgia around equipment we scrimped and saved to purchase. Sometimes we hold onto old equipment “just in case” we might need it someday.
Stereo equipment falls under the category of electronic waste. If you are finally ready to let go of your components, speakers, boom boxes, amplifiers, CD players, etc., they should be properly recycled, not thrown in the trash.
Before you pitch, if you think your stereo pieces might have value, you can check a resource like UsedPrice.com. Here you can enter the type of equipment you have, the model number and name and do a search to get a rough idea of what your pieces may be worth. There are audiophiles who collect these pieces, so if value is on your mind, give it a try.
You can also list these items for sale (or for free) on an online marketplace site and see if anyone bites.
If you have no luck passing your equipment on to someone who wants it, your best bet is to take it for safe e-junk recycling. As with the televisions we discussed on Day 10, you can drop off your pieces at your local town/municipal recycling center or your nearest Best Buy.
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I no longer have my giant stereo. I’m not sure what happened to it. It is a fond memory, and that is good enough.
Do you know, or did you ever, have a giant stereo system?