What to Do With an Old DVR?

By Susan Reynolds

TiVo is a DVR company that promotes recycling.
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A Digital Video Recorder (DVR) is an expensive piece of equipment that shouldn't go in the trash when you're ready for an upgrade. There are several options if you want to get rid of your DVR but aren't sure what to do with it. It's not healthy for the environment to improperly dispose of electronic equipment, so look at some other options.

Corporate Recycling Programs

Many major electronics companies have programs where they will take back their old equipment. Some of these companies include Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and Sharp. You will have to contact the manufacturer of your DVR directly to find out if they offer a recycling program. The shipping is usually paid for by the company. Sometimes the company will offer a coupon or a check in exchange for your DVR, but other companies do not offer anything except free shipping.

Store Buyback/Trade-Ins

If you bought your DVR from a store like Office Depot, Radio Shack, Costco, Best Buy or Staples, you may be able to get some of your money back. Many of these retailers will give you a little bit of money in exchange for your old DVR. The amount is usually between $10-20 for a piece of used equipment, or you can get a discount on an upgraded DVR. You can walk into your local store and inquire about their trade-in program.

Re-selling Equipment

One way you can recoup some of your money is to resell your DVR. You can advertise your product on websites like eBay, Craigslist, Backpage and Yardsellr. Some of these websites are free to use, but others require a small fee or percentage of your sale. Reselling your old DVR is a suitable choice as long as the item is in good, working condition. Otherwise, you should mention in your ad that the DVR is for "parts only."

Local Recycling Centers

You can find recycling centers in your city by using a national directory like the National Center for Electronics Recycling. Well-known non-profits like the Salvation Army and Goodwill will gladly take your old DVR as long as it still works. You may be able to get a tax writeoff if you are self-employed or have a business. Unfortunately, you won't get any cash from these companies, but your DVR doesn't belong in the garbage and should be put to better use.