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General Category => The Knowledge => OT Knowledge => Topic started by: andrewc on August 04, 2014, 07:08:03 pm

Title: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: andrewc on August 04, 2014, 07:08:03 pm
I've got _3_ portable CRT TV's and a CRT monitor lurking in my loft.  I haven't watched TV for years.  There may be a VCR & twin cassette deck as well...  :facepalm:

Is there anything useful that can be done with this stuff ?  Charities/organisations that can use it or am I best just taking it to the local recycling place ?
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 04, 2014, 07:13:37 pm
I've no idea - sorry! But I've been wondering along similar lines for other reasons (seeing CRT TVs abandoned on the pavement with "working - please take" labels - especially around end-of-student-year time). Don't they have any second-hand value nowadays? Do they even work at all, what with TV having gone digital (is that what it's done?!?) ?
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Bledlow on August 04, 2014, 07:16:43 pm
You can buy a digital box for very little money, & plug it into your non-digital TV.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Piemaster on August 04, 2014, 07:20:18 pm
We went to Longleat last week. Apparently Nico, the 50 year old gorilla, got a 32" flat screen TV for his birthday. This should give you an idea of how valued CRT TV's are, but then Nico watches a lot more TV than you. They won't be digital either so would need a set-top box to actually watch broadcast TV on. So I'd say local recycling place.

A thought though, do you need a TV licence for an analog TV as you now can't actually watch anything on them without using a set-top box now there's no analog broadcasts? An ideal companion for your Betamax then.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: asterix on August 04, 2014, 07:28:58 pm
For Nico the gorilla a 32" crt is probably just a portable.

Unless you need the space I would leave them in the loft.  After all that is how we make antiques, is it not?

In my loft i have a Rotel CD player, a wharfedale DVD player, a SOTA(1998) Panasonic surround sound system and a 15cm crt tv for camping.  Wish I hadn't skipped my DOS twin floppy PC now.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: andrewc on August 04, 2014, 07:46:07 pm
Wish I hadn't skipped my DOS twin floppy PC now.

I think there's 3 PC mini towers up there as well...  none of them with hard drives, one without a PSU.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: CommuteTooFar on August 04, 2014, 09:19:12 pm
The last CRT TV I had, an excellent Phillips product died.  So when I replaced it I bought the new Samsung LCD telly higher resolution and larger screen, lower depth  but inferior colour reproduction from John Lewis.  They had an option to dispose of the old TV so I took it. I was a little worried for the delivery men because the day scheduled was a day after a heavy snowfall. It would have been so easy for them to be injured carrying a wide screen CRT TV on ice.  I am pleased to say they got it onto their lorry without mishap.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Jaded on August 04, 2014, 09:26:09 pm
Throw them out the window?
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: andrewc on August 04, 2014, 09:42:59 pm
Throw them out the window?

I'm on the 4th floor...... perhaps I should save them as anti zombie weapons.   A 14" Goodmans cheapie should see off one of the undead if I get my aim right... :D
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Jaded on August 04, 2014, 09:54:09 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: rachel t on August 04, 2014, 09:58:46 pm
If you have a local British Heart Foundation, furniture & electrical, give them a ring they will collect, I donated a 23inch early this year & got a letter a few weeks later to say they had raised £25 plus the gift aid from it. So they do have some value more than taking to the tip.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Charlotte on August 04, 2014, 09:59:34 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B21qgo2JY9o&list=UUrFBeIohl64cdhNanBotzeA
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: andrewc on August 04, 2014, 10:06:40 pm
If you have a local British Heart Foundation, furniture & electrical, give them a ring they will collect, I donated a 23inch early this year & got a letter a few weeks later to say they had raised £25 plus the gift aid from it. So they do have some value more than taking to the tip.

Thanks, there's one fairly close so I'll give them a call tomorrow.    Just remembered I've got a cheap'n'nasty espresso machine as well..
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 05, 2014, 08:56:56 am
In my loft i have a Rotel CD player

Mine's happily installed in the Great Hall.  Not a daily driver but it stll works twenty-five years on.  Is it worth Money?

Apropos telly disposal you will need a Holiday Inn with at least four storeys and a view over the swimming pool.  It has to be a Holiday Inn.  A Marriott or a Radisson is insufficiently rock'n'roll and that's all there is to it.  Bonus points if you hit Bono with it.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Peter on August 05, 2014, 10:34:04 am
Bono's points?
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: ian on August 05, 2014, 10:40:02 am
If you can hit Bono mid-pontification that's got to be worth something.

Wasn't there a French guy who used to eat TVs? I think he ate a Cessna once. Brings an entire new dimension to the phrase tough shit. Mind you, I dare him to eat my mother's cooking.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Polar Bear on August 05, 2014, 11:26:02 am
Thanks ton the best endeavours of the Axis of self-entitled evil ConDem Alliance there are lots and lots of low paid and poor people in the UK who would welcome a free or very very cheap television of any kind.   

As mentioned upthread, the BHF shops seem to sell old televisions. 
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: billplumtree on August 05, 2014, 11:54:13 am
Wasn't there a French guy who used to eat TVs? I think he ate a Cessna once.

Michel Lotito, aka Monsieur Mangetout (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Lotito).  The Cessna took him two years, apparently.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: andrewc on August 05, 2014, 08:24:54 pm
Well I'm now covered in dust & loft insulation  :( 

Quite a sobering moment, looking at the manuals.  I stapled the receipts to them.....   I paid that much for stuff back in the 90's !   This was they days before Ebay.

Sad to see the name of our local hifi shop, the wonderfully named "Beaver Radio",   long gone....
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: asterix on August 06, 2014, 07:42:15 am
Thanks ton the best endeavours of the Axis of self-entitled evil ConDem Alliance there are lots and lots of low paid and poor people in the UK who would welcome a free or very very cheap television of any kind.   

As mentioned upthread, the BHF shops seem to sell old televisions.

Until they find that their energy bills have increased further beyond their means.  A crt telly uses c.4x the energy of an lcd although it does produce some heat as a bonus.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: jsabine on August 06, 2014, 08:20:53 am
Thanks ton the best endeavours of the Axis of self-entitled evil ConDem Alliance there are lots and lots of low paid and poor people in the UK who would welcome a free or very very cheap television of any kind.   

As mentioned upthread, the BHF shops seem to sell old televisions.

Until they find that their energy bills have increased further beyond their means.  A crt telly uses c.4x the energy of an lcd although it does produce some heat as a bonus.

Unlikely to make that much difference (http://blogs.which.co.uk/technology/tvs/still-using-a-big-box-tv-why-the-energy-costs-may-make-you-think-again/) - 10 or 15 quid a year extra in electricity (maybe £30 for an outlier) is probably a lot easier to find than two or three hundred for a more efficient telly.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Gattopardo on August 06, 2014, 09:16:09 am
Quite a few charity shops no longer accept CRTs.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: ian on August 06, 2014, 09:28:33 am
I was about to say the same, many charity shops won't accept everything. We've been giving stuffs to the BHF for a while and reasonably enough they'll only take things they'll sell on. They wouldn't take our old middling-size CRT TV on the grounds that no one wanted them. They were right, we couldn't give it away, and it went to the dump.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: Thor on August 06, 2014, 09:48:49 am
The BHF collected our 32" Sony CRT.  That was about a year ago.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: ian on August 06, 2014, 09:57:20 am
If I recall they only wanted 30 inch or above. And possibly something manufactured this century.
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: asterix on August 06, 2014, 10:05:40 am
Thanks ton the best endeavours of the Axis of self-entitled evil ConDem Alliance there are lots and lots of low paid and poor people in the UK who would welcome a free or very very cheap television of any kind.   

As mentioned upthread, the BHF shops seem to sell old televisions.

Until they find that their energy bills have increased further beyond their means.  A crt telly uses c.4x the energy of an lcd although it does produce some heat as a bonus.

Unlikely to make that much difference (http://blogs.which.co.uk/technology/tvs/still-using-a-big-box-tv-why-the-energy-costs-may-make-you-think-again/) - 10 or 15 quid a year extra in electricity (maybe £30 for an outlier) is probably a lot easier to find than two or three hundred for a more efficient telly.

Well obviously they wouldn't be out buying a more efficient telly when the answer is to be spending their time trying to better their lot by working harder or simply looking for work.  Don't you read the DM?
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: andrewc on August 06, 2014, 02:38:56 pm
Just phoned the Bootle branch & they were OK with the 14" colour CRT's but unsure about the 12" B&W ! 

Perhaps branches in London & the affluent South have customers with higher expectations.....
Title: Re: Disposing of old CRT TV's
Post by: andrewc on November 01, 2014, 05:02:39 pm
I've just received a letter from the British Heart Foundation saying that the bits & bobs I donated were sold for £60 , with Gift Aid that's £75  :smug: