It seems like only yesterday we were subjected to test patterns, ‘snow”, poor reception and regular requests to ”Please stand by, we are having technical difficulties.” This is what the world was like before Surround Sound and Blue Ray. You watched TV on the portable black and white set perched on a metal cart with castors, sans the remote control. We cannot think of a single household possession more revered than the television, with innovation keeping pace with the giant steps in media and how it is consumed. . The NBC peacock brought brilliant hues into the living room. The channel changer ushered in the era of the couch potato.
In its early days, TV was beholden as a luxury and a wonder, with many programs designed for family viewing. Over time the television made its way also into the kitchen, basement and even the bedroom, allowing for everyone to watch whatever they wanted.
Here we are back in 2013. Enough boomer nostalgia for one blog. When we downsize clients, we come up against an extraordinary number of television sets of all vintages. The lion’s share is older models, with most in perfect working condition. You should not think it will be easy to unload unwanted TVs by donation. Older model TVs that cannot play nicely with other sophisticated devices are not exactly in high demand. You have to at least be able to connect a WII or PVR. The other problem with older televisions is their size. Everyone wants something thin and unobtrusive that can be hung on a wall, not something whose massive Cathode Ray Tube looks like it could launch a small rocket into space. It is not that we are singling out TVs for ex-communication. With the blending of functions and devices, TVs are taking a particularly hard hit. They appear to be experiencing obsolescence at unusually high rate.
Is this subject striking a chord? Is your spare room or under-used rec room a haven for old TV models that have been replaced? Are you considering saving them for your children when they move out and are furnishing their first apartment? Don’t be ridiculous. They are the last people willing to accept castoffs like these. Our preferred disposal method is to drop unwanted televisions and their peripherals at a local recycling depot. Some municipalities charge for recycling, so it is wise to research this in advance. Some retailers and non-profit thrift stores also participate in recycling programs. We did manage to find one website that provided step-by-step instructions for converting a console TV into a fish tank. You have to admire the ingenuity.