During the week of November 13, take your outdated tech to Staples for recycling and you’ll get a $10 off $20 coupon that you can use in December. See, and you thought your old technology was worthless. *Coupon will be printed on the receipt when items are recycled. Offer valid from 11/13/16 - 11/19/16. $10 off $20 coupon for use in December. Limit 7 items per customer per day. Store management has the right to refuse to accept items that may pose a health or safety risk. Link
Coupon will probably only be good on regular priced items (which includes clearance) and not on items with rebates but we can hope.
Since this offer has never been done before no one knows if they can stack. No crystal balls here but currently each item can only be discounted by one coupon so I rather doubt they will stack. maybe they can "stack" like "Dog In A Bath Tub"
matrix5k said: I have an old external hard drive that requires a huge, heavy AC adapter to use. How do I wipe the files safely? hook it up to a linux pc and write 0's to it: open a terminal and run 'sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=4M' (replace X with enumerated drive letter found by running 'dmesg | tail').
matrix5k said: I have an old external hard drive that requires a huge, heavy AC adapter to use. How do I wipe the files safely? Ask Hillary Clinton or Copy movies/videos on it till it's full x N. Nothing can be more random write. Alternatively,use this but be very very careful.
2) The main picture on the linked page shows a PSU and (what is likely) a disk drive and a card reader but items such as that probably wouldn't qualify, right? I don't see "Computer Components" as a valid category.
3) "Floor model printers"? Not that it would apply to me but that just sounds like a weird clause. Would that only catch floor models sold at a Staples location, referenced by serial number?
ManuFact said: 3) "Floor model printers"? Not that it would apply to me but that just sounds like a weird clause. Would that only catch floor models sold at a Staples location, referenced by serial number? Printers that are tall enough that they are made to sit on the floor.
Danzilla said: So, any reason I can't part out an old computer to get 1 coupon per piece? Motherboard, HD, CDRW, PSU, graphics card, etc, etc.? Not on either list of accepted or of not accepted items. mouse pad? power cord?
They had an electronics recycling pick-up day recently in my town. Of couse, nobody reads (or were aware of) the fine print. The hosts were denying most of the large items. They only were taking cell phones, Apple stuff, laptops, video games, etc. Guess what was left in a big pile near the entrance?
TVs and appliances
Floor model printers and copiers
Lamps and bulbs
Large speakers and speaker systems
It turned out that it wasn't a community-sponsored recycling event. It was just some enterprising guys collecting stuff that they could clean/fix and sell on eBay.
I would suspect that Staples will find some of these items in their parking lot, as well.
Californiadeal said: Does anyone know if the $10 off $20 purchase has any restrictions? Thanks Until someone actually receives a coupon -- which should happen tomorrow -- we are just guessing. But most likely the standard terms: Only regular priced items, no cash equivalents (gift cards, stamps, etc.), etc.
george2001 said: No mention of cell phones or old DVR remote controls in the list of items that qualify. Maybe I'll try anyway. I do have a few old non-working calculators. mobile phones a.k.a. cell phones can be recycled.
I've used DBan HD erasure (http://www.dban.org) prior to selling my last three computers on Craigs List and am comfortable that it did the job in removing everything (or digitalizing over existing data). There's a freeware version or a $15 buy-in that guarantees your HD is erased.
matrix5k said: I have an old external hard drive that requires a huge, heavy AC adapter to use. How do I wipe the files safely? If you are really worried, pull the actual HD, and try to recycle the case and power cord
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