(Welcome again to Kelly, one of the finalists vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:Home Tech. Comment away.)
Not all of our technology purchases can come in sleek packages, contain the latest technology or newest design. But this doesn’t have to detract from our joy nor be our only source of interaction with technology. It's not always the new, but also the old, that characterizes our experience. RePC (Recycled Computers and Peripherals) with two locations in the Seattle area and online, is just one example of a store that allows us to revamp, reuse or recycle our old gadgets.
In the ever-changing world of technology, we often find our homes cluttered with outmoded peripherals that have long been upgraded to the latest model. Sometimes we find ourselves wanting to try out a new addition to our home technology, but delay this because of the associated cost. Or, perhaps if you are searching for the perfect vintage computer for your decor, RePC could be used as your "antique store" for gadgets of the past.
RePC buys, sells, and recycles used computers and peripherals. While major computer manufacturers offer recycling services, they often have overly restrictive conditions and rules. Goodwill or the Salvation Army are always a suitable answer, however, a targeted service allows for these items to be used again more quickly and not hide on a shelf in a thrift store waiting to be found.
Additionally, RePC offers repair services so that you can extend the life of your technology just a little while longer. In an industry that's notorious for creating waste, RePC provides a means for us to affordably augment our technology, as well as minimizing its impact on our environment.
(Not in the Seattle area and want to find a similar service? Check out the EPA’s website on e-cycling for a service in your area.)