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What To Do With Your Old Electronics After The Holidays

What To Do With Your Old Electronics After The Holidays

Electronics are always some of the most popular holiday gifts but people are often not sure what to do with their old electronics after they get new ones. Electronics can’t be tossed in the trash because they contain elements that can be hazardous if they get into the soil in a landfill. So if you are planning on buying your family members electronics for Christmas, or if you end up getting surprised with new electronics like a new computer, new phone, new tablet, or new TV or video game systems here are a few of the ways that you and your family can get rid of the old and outdated electronics that you have:

Sell Them

To get rid of your old electronics and pick up some extra cash is to sell your old electronics. If you planning on selling a phone, tablet, or computer. Make sure that your information is totally wiped from the device before you try to sell it.

You can sell it privately through Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or another online local sales site. But be aware that you might not get any interest in your items right after the holidays. There will be many other people selling their items at that time. You might have better luck taking your electronics to a gaming store or a hobby store. Like Game Stop or any store that sells used electronics. They will give you less than retail price for the items but you won’t have to worry about arranging a private sale. And if you sell the items for store credit instead of cash you can get more because they will often give you about 25% more store credit than cash for your items.

Donate Them

If your items still work and they aren’t very old models you could donate them to a church group. A school, a senior center, or another organization that helps connect people with electronics. Many schools need tablets and computers. Once your items have been donated to a charitable group. They might also be auctioned off to raise money for the organization. Last year I got a new iPad Pro so I donated my old iPad Pro. Which was only a year old, to a local animal shelter. They held a raffle with the iPad Pro as the grand prize. They were able to raise almost $4000 in raffle ticket sales. Your old electronics can bring in big money for groups that are always in need of funds.

Recycle Them

If your electronics aren’t in good shape or if they are old and not really worth giving away. Selling you should recycle them. There should be a city facility where you live where you can drop off old electronics. You can bring them to many electronics stores. Drop them off to be recycled in the store’s recycling program. When you recycle those old electronics properly it helps protect the environment so it’s worth taking the time. To make sure they are handled and recycled properly.

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Should Parents Worry About The Amazon Echo Dot?

Should Parents Worry About The Amazon Echo Dot?

Amazon Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot sounds like it’s going to be a great addition to the Echo lineup, but some parents and law makers are worried about it. They are concerned with protecting the privacy of the kids who use it. That’s because this Echo model is different from other models. It records conversations and interactions while encouraging kids to give their personal information. Information that you would normally get from a cell phone spy app

 

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Amazon Echo Dot

Privacy experts are concerned that it is training kids to be compliant to technology, and teaching them to give up their privacy. But how much of their concerns are justified? While this level of technology is considered amazing, you might wonder how it will effect children. Theres other tech items coming out like the red hydrogen one holographic phone

Privacy Concerns

As a parent I don’t have any privacy concerns about the Amazon Echo. I ordered one for each of my kids and I’m excited to get them. I think it will be useful for them to have one device that they can use to read, learn, and play with. And I like the fact that it’s interactive but isn’t a tablet so they don’t need to spend hours in front of a screen. It will help them learn to be more independent and amuse themselves.

Ordering Items Online 

What I like best about the Amazon Echo Dot is that there are only certain features available for use. So my kids aren’t going to mistakenly order a ton of toilet paper or buy themselves 20 books by telling Alexa to order them. And I won’t have to worry about kids listening to music or hearing books that are too mature for them. This Echo has some great safety features and more kid friendly responses than the regular one. 

Recording Your Kids?

I don’t really like that the Echo makes recordings of my kids. But parents can go into the account and completely delete all recordings and all personal information. So when it comes to the Echo Dot, parents just need to take an active role in protecting the privacy of their kids and I don’t have a problem with that. Responsible parents should be monitoring these devices anyway. 

If your an actively involved parent, the new child friendly version of the Echo is a great tool. And it can be used an intercom which is fantastic. I’m so sick of screaming up to the second floor to get everyone to come downstairs for meals or family time. Being able to just tell them to come down through the Echo will be great. If you enjoyed this check out my last post about switching back to an older iPhone

Why I Switched Back To My Old iPhone

Why I Switched Back To My Old iPhone

Like everyone else I was very excited when the Apple iPhone X came out. It had so many cool features and such cutting-edge technology I couldn’t wait to try it. For about a month it was thrilling, but then I started to find it annoying. I was constantly terrified that I would drop it and the screen would shatter despite the protective case. It had glitches galore. I found myself thinking longingly of my old iPhone 6S that was sitting in the drawer. After about two months of using the iPhone X, I broke out my old 6S and put my SIM card back in that phone. Luckily I already knew how to back up my phone and didn’t have any issues. Now the iPhone X is sitting in a drawer.

Here’s why I went back to my old iPhone:

Not Having A Home Button Was Terrible

When the iPhone X came out one of the features that everyone was crazy about was that the X doesn’t have a home button. At first, I liked that too, but then I realized it was annoying and time-consuming to try and close apps, switch screens, or really do anything without a home button. Trying to back up my phone was also difficult when the home button wasn’t there. I found myself constantly pressing the bottom of the phone where the home button should have been. Maybe I’m just not ready to embrace the cutting edge, I don’t know. But I really missed the home button.

Facial Recognition Is A Nightmare

Facial recognition instead of Touch ID is another of the features that people were really excited about when the iPhone X debuted. After a couple days of using my face to unlock the phone and do many other tasks, I was over it. I miss Touch ID or just using my passcode to unlock the phone. When I tried to pay for items in the store using facial recognition, I was constantly holding up the line and looking like a total hipster. Not something I enjoyed.

It’s Just Too Much

I could talk about the other features that the iPhone X has that just didn’t work for me but ultimately the X is just too much phone for me. Even half of the things it can do are too much. Honestly, I really just wanted to streamline my phone use. I need a phone to call people, text, and check my email and social media. I don’t need a super powerful computer replacement or a super high tech camera that can take amazing videos or still photos. As long as my phone can take halfway decent selfies, that’s all I need.

Trying to back up my phone takes more time now on the iPhoneX.
The iPhone X is just too much for what I need.

So I went back to my iPhone 6s, and I’m totally happy with the switch. I’m sure the iPhone X is exactly right for someone younger, more creative, or more hip than myself, and I’m sure it’s a fantastic phone for someone who wants to do more with their phone. But the iPhone 6s does everything I need, including making the time to back up my phone a breeze, and it’s comfortable and familiar.

On a side note, does anyone want my new iPhone X? It’s only collecting dust. Contact me for pricing. I’m kidding……..but seriously, anyone interested?