Yesterday someone picked up 6 computer cases, over 100 sticks of RAM, 10 hard drives, multiple GPU’s, PSU’s, NICs, RAID controllers, and other PC part goodies. They grabbed everything from 3 large boxes covered in black yard waste trash bags to protect them from the rain. From the moment I posted the give away on craisglist to the time it was gone was less than an hour.
This was hard. That case second to the left with the gold sticker is a PC I built in 2001 at Alpine PC in Colorado Springs. It had been upgraded, but my sticker with the specs was on the case. That Enlight case is also one of the best solid steel cases you can get. See that blue one on the far right? That’s a Dragon case and in the middle is an Antec 300. Those parts were accumulated over years. A lot of that stuff was still usable. But it had been sitting in a bin or storage somewhere for years. Part of the “one day I’m going to build some awesome retro PC’s from this” pile. One day isn’t on the horizon for a while so I decided it was time to get rid of it.
Why didn’t I sell it? It was worthless, not to me, but out on Craigslist no one is looking for old out of date computer parts. Recycling costs money so this was my frugal way of getting rid of it without having to pay.Being the nice guy I am, I did recycle the stuff that didn’t work. Everything I gave away was in working condition. Just old.
Debt free for my family is spreading outward beyond our personal finances. Now we’re seeing the junk we have lying around, the things we’ve accumulated over the years, as debt. Getting rid of physical debt is just as important.
Use the 6 month rule, or some variant of. Extreme could be the 3 week rule. That just means if you haven’t used it in 6 months, get rid of it. Either sell it or give it away. Find out if your stuff is worth anything by checking the craigslist and ebay. Look for recent sales on ebay to see if it’s actually selling.