09. 29. 2008
Barter for gadgets on AbundaTrade.com
After the word “Internet”, the word “recycle” is perhaps the most popular one in the geek world. It's ironic, therefore, that with technologies getting outdated so rapidly, recycling is possibly the most tricky to implement among this very same group of people. I believe that the numero uno step to efficient recycling here is perhaps a strong personal resolve – the resolve to reduce waste and reduce unnecessary consumption.
A pretty daunting thought, considering that most gizmo buffs easily succumb to the temptation to acquire more. But what if you could acquire brand new gadgets of your choice by trading in something as “useless” as your old CDs/DVDs/books? Sound too good to be true? Apparently, it's not.
AbundaTrade.com is a website launched by FeedYourPlayer.com in order to bring re-circulation back into the CD/DVD market. The intention behind the website is to reduce CD/DVD waste, which according to statistics, adds up to 45 tons of garbage every month. If that appalls you, then using a service like AbundaTrade may be very appealing.
Trading on AbundaTrade is quite simple – you submit a list of your CD/DVD/books online and then wait for AbundaTrade to let you know which ones they are interested in. Next, you ship the shortlisted items to them. For each item that you trade in, AbundaTrade will assign credits (in US $) based on the market value of the item. So once you have enough credit, you can choose gadget(s) of your liking on AbundaTrade, which they will ship right over to your doorstep. Simple and extremely innovative.
Personally, it was quite disappointing for me to discover that my once-favorite Music Box CD (Mariah Carey) is now worth only a cent. Boo hoo.