Times are still tough and they're going to continue to be for quite some time. Large retailers haven't exactly been sympathetic to the economic downturn and prices aren't being slashed. If you're looking for a tv, video game console, etc &mdash try swapping an item you have for what you're looking for.
It's important to remember that one mans trash is another mans treasure and you never know who might view your broken iPhone as a diamond in the rough (because they most likely know how to fix it). It never hurts to ask, and you may find yourself free of old tech and the proud owner of new tech.
Have you swapped tech?