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Old 29-01-2008, 16:51
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I've just got a new lcd telly, and am looking to get rid of my old Sony crt. I don't want anything for it; it's 28" and seven years old, but there is not a thing wrong with it.

I mentioned in work that I would probably see if a charity wanted it, but someone said that charities aren't allowed to take electrical items? Is that true?

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Old 29-01-2008, 16:53
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Yes, they don't tend to want that sort of stuff. Liability issues I believe - they don't have people qualified to check stuff is safe.
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Old 29-01-2008, 16:53
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The charity shop I work in doesn't accept any electrical items. Maybe you should phone around your local charity shops and ask. I've found that smaller charity shops (not big 'chain' ones) often accept things that my shop doesn't.
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Old 29-01-2008, 16:56
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Thanks, I thought it might be the dreaded 'health and safety'! I'll get some details and phone around.
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Old 29-01-2008, 16:56
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I worked for cancer research uk and they have qualified people checking all the electrical items
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Old 29-01-2008, 16:56
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I've just got a new lcd telly, and am looking to get rid of my old Sony crt. I don't want anything for it; it's 28" and seven years old, but there is not a thing wrong with it.

I mentioned in work that I would probably see if a charity wanted it, but someone said that charities aren't allowed to take electrical items? Is that true?

Thanks.
From my experience charity shops wont take it. You could advertise it in your local shop eg "Free to a good home". I'm sure someone would appreciate it. I don't like waste and throwing out a perfectly good piece of equipment's a shame isn't it?
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Old 29-01-2008, 16:58
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pc gone mad! they go earn a load of cash from electrical items. ive seen some shops that arent fussy though. Failing that, just dump it outside their door under the cover of darkness.
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Old 29-01-2008, 17:00
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pc gone mad! they go earn a load of cash from electrical items. ive seen some shops that arent fussy though. Failing that, just dump it outside their door under the cover of darkness.

and then a dog pisses on it and they dont realise !!! , not a good idea
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Old 29-01-2008, 17:01
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You could always offer the item on your local Freecycle site: http://uk.freecycle.org/
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Old 29-01-2008, 17:02
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and then a dog pisses on it and they dont realise !!! , not a good idea
More often than not people rummage through the bags and take what they want and leave the rest strewn all over the floor
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Old 29-01-2008, 17:03
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You could always offer the item on your local Freecycle site: http://uk.freecycle.org/
Yes, thanks, that is an option. Although if possible I'd prefer a charity to get it first.
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Old 29-01-2008, 17:05
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You could always offer the item on your local Freecycle site: http://uk.freecycle.org/
i was going to suggest that. i joined freecycle because someone suggested it on here, and ive got rid of loads of bulky stuff that would normally be binned
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Old 29-01-2008, 17:08
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Yeah most regular little charity shops dont do electrical stuff but there are big charity shops specialising in selling second hand electrical goods. Theres a big British Heart Foundation electrical shop in birmingham so maybe theres some more around.
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Old 29-01-2008, 17:12
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Have you tried your local Freecycle?
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Old 29-01-2008, 17:18
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Have you tried your local Freecycle?
Not yet (as above), but they're on the list!
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Old 29-01-2008, 18:06
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I worked for a charity testing electrical goods. As long as they are PAT tested by someone with a PAT test qualification the items can be sold.
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Old 29-01-2008, 19:27
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Take it to your local dump, it will be in someones house that night as those guys sort through everything there and get some great stuff.
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Old 29-01-2008, 19:34
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You could always contact the local battered women's refuge. These places are always crying out for items to help them to furnish homes for women who have had to move into accommodation to escape from abuse. If you did contact them, someone would call round to you to collect it.
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Old 29-01-2008, 19:37
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You could always contact the local battered women's refuge. These places are always crying out for items to help them to furnish homes for women who have had to move into accommodation to escape from abuse. If you did contact them, someone would call round to you to collect it.
Great idea. I think local radio stations do some kind of programmes too where they help you give stuff to people that need it. Shame to waste it on the tip, or for it to go to someone who's just going to make a bit of money on it.
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