Getting Rid of CRT TVs

Getting rid of these TVs is pretty hard, but it can be done.

The typical way is to put it on the curb, but that’s not likely to work anymore. I see TVs trashed and damaged, and guess who gets to clean up the broken glass?

The trick is to know the markets. There are very, very few:

  • Video gamers who want a small tv to play old games.
  • Photo and film productions that need an old TV to indicate “1990s”.
  • CRT TV enthusiasts, may want a large one.
  • People who want a free TV and will take anything.

The main advantage of giving it away or selling it, rather than placing it out, is that someone else will come by to help move the TV.

Here’s a TV that ended up being used for a photo shoot. I hope they resold it. It’s a nice TV.

Curb Alerts: Forbidden Food

I have diabetes, and can’t eat beans anymore. Well, maybe in the future, but not now or any time soon. So, I put them out to be taken.

That above was put out on a Sunday morning, early, like 4am. I figured that someone might want to pick it up early in the morning.

That’s three bags of beans, and a small bag of bean snacks. There’s also some small electronics.

The previous night, I put this out, and it was taken, except for the wood and some rollers.

Not pictured are two big cans of baked beans. So it’s a lot of beans. There’s also some butter cookies, and a ramen, which I can’t eat. The rest of the stuff is electronics and screws and similar things.

I found these beans on the street. They were all clean, and in a box. Looking back, I suspect that the person who gave them away got diagnosed with diabetes, and gave away their carbs, just like I’m doing now.

Porch Pick Up: Razor Scooter

I sold this on Craigslist with this ad:

Small scooter. The platform is not much larger than my size 9.5 shoe.

Model A


My goal with the text was to establish the scale. Looking at the photo, you can’t tell if this is a kiddie scooter or a bigger scooter, or an adult-sized scooter.

I set the price at $4, which is what I paid for it. I figured that others were selling at $10, and a new one is $30, so those $10 scooters aren’t a good deal, at all. $4 is a good deal.

A buyer contacted me shortly, maybe a week in, and I told him the address, and instructions to just leave the money in the mailbox.

It was left exactly where it was photographed. It’s a little hidden from the street.

That’s how you can do a Porch Pickup.


You might be thinking: why not list it for free, and get rid of it faster?

I find that freebies attract too many people, sometimes. They cause too much email communications and too many flakes.

If you set a small price, you will get rid of the people looking for free things. It doesn’t really make sense, because it costs money to go somewhere to get a free item, but it works.

I had exactly one buyer, and they didn’t flake out, at all.

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