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Old 10-27-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:47 AM
 
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I just bought a brand new computer that I put together from scratch. Power button on the case wasn;t working. The negative wire was off the switch however there was four pins with the ostive wire attached to one of them. Eenie meenie, minie moe? No.

I called their support and they had no clue what pin was what and they suggested I send it back. I got out the multimeter and figured it out myself.

Al lot of stuff isn't even worth fixing because of the costs, I had DeWalt grinder that needed new brushes. There was nowhere local that had them in stock or where I might find after market. Online it was going to cost me more than $20, what's the point if I can get a brand new one for $40?
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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I just bought a brand new computer that I put together from scratch. Power button on the case wasn;t working. The negative wire was off the switch however there was four pins with the ostive wire attached to one of them. Eenie meenie, minie moe? No.

I called their support and they had no clue what pin was what and they suggested I send it back. I got out the multimeter and figured it out myself.

Al lot of stuff isn't even worth fixing because of the costs, I had DeWalt grinder that needed new brushes. There was nowhere local that had them in stock or where I might find after market. Online it was going to cost me more than $20, what's the point if I can get a brand new one for $40?
Satisfaction in not contributing more *stuff* to the dump?

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:55 PM
 
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My grinder went into the mixed scrap metal bucket and it went with much larger load to the scrap yard, I got paid for it and it will be used as a new product in the future. That image you posted is from a scrap yard, it's not a dump.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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My grinder went into the mixed scrap metal bucket and it went with much larger load to the scrap yard, I got paid for it and it will be used as a new product in the future. That image you posted is from a scrap yard, it's not a dump.
Well, that's where E-Waste winds up doesn't it?

A scrap yard?
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:47 AM
 
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There is lot of precious metals in ewatse, in particular gold. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a very strong market for it right now. Of course the big issue is what gets shipped overseas where they have little to no environmental regulations.

I'm all for fixing stuff, I do it all the time but you also have to be practical about it and weigh the costs vs. the benefits. The Dewalt grinder was a cheap consumer version I picked up used and the costs to fix it didn't justify the expense because we also have to consider the possible failure of something else which is very likely. Now if it was my Metabo (I will hurt you) grinder it would have been a different story.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:54 AM
 
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I'd bet almost 100% of it goes overseas....
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