Farewell, ancient gadgets

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I went on a rare housecleaning purge this month, diving into our scary “box of electronic thingies we don’t use much but could someday need.” Amid fiftyzillion USB cords (seriously, we could restock an entire RadioShack), I found my pre-Droid 2 phone — a very ancient flip Samsung — and a Garmin Nuvi that stopped working after I dropped it for about the fifteenth time.

How old are my gadgets? So old that Gazelle says they’re worth $0. Ouch.

Fortunately, I had one last gadget to throw in: an 16GB iPhone 3G that got left to languish when my spouse upgraded to an iPhone 4. That one perked Gazelle right up: It’ll pay $95 for it and toss in free shipping on the Samsung & Nuvi. So I won’t get paid for them, but I at least won’t have to pay someone else to take them off my hands and keep them from the landfill.

I suspect our unloved iPhone is about to have lots and lots of iPhone company in Gazelle’s warehouse. -Stacy

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