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    getting ready to scrap expensive TV

    Yesterday I picked up 3 TVs. I get sets there at least twice a month. sometimes I get several.
    After unloading from my car a very big flat screen I noticed that the original clear plastic film and labels were still on the screen but the screen is very broken.
    Looks like some one bought it and dropped it. A $720.00 set from amazon



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    A little bit of gold with a lot of plastic waste, I hate flat screen TV's.

    You going to repair or scrap it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alloy2 View Post
    A little bit of gold with a lot of plastic waste, I hate flat screen TV's.

    You going to repair or scrap it.
    scrap of course. I only know how to tear things down.
    I live in California. I can take the set, after I close it up, to my local transfer station for a no charge drop off.
    They send gaylords of flat and CRTs to some where for recycling.

    After I finish these three sets I will have scrapped 201 since March 2021.

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    This is what i did with the flat tv's for a while. Plug it in, hook it up to a source ie cable, turn on the sound and see if it works. If it works then take a photo of the broken screen while it has a picture.
    Look up the tv on ebay and check the sold price of the various boards. This will tell you if its worth your time to sell the boards.

    I would often make $50-$80 per tv. That is better than scrap but it takes time and effort. You will need to learn about ESD packaging for the boards, basically the pink bags and or pink bubble wrap will do. You must learn how to take good photos of the the tv and boards. Read the "sold" listing which will help you write and effective listing. Don't just copy and paste someone else's listing, change it a little bit.
    It was good money for me and I didn't have to search out more and more scrap. I have and electronics back ground so learning how to troubleshoot and replace the correct boards is something that was easy for me. I didn't pursue selling the repaired tv's I just kept them and used them in my home. 73, Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    Quote Originally Posted by alloy2 View Post
    A little bit of gold with a lot of plastic waste, I hate flat screen TV's.

    You going to repair or scrap it.
    Mostly scrap it due to planned obsolescence. Make it cheap and unrepairable, then resell them another one soon to squeeze another buck out of their wallet.

    I don't pick them up as they're quite large and ewaste here is not easy to resell above shred prices (except for the cord).

    By the way, I was at the grocery store this morning and a woman was leaving the store with a 40" flat screen tv in a box while I was entering. It is funny that stores have troubles to keep grocery shelves full, but they have no problem to sell tv meanwhile.
    NEW TO SCRAPPING? READ THIS: Build up your horde of magnetic and non-magnetic metals in two piles until you have a better understanding of the business. Read old threads about non-magnetic metals and ewaste (and how to sort them), but don't forget that they generally have absolutely no tolerance for contamination (screw / iron / foreign material). Magnetic material has low value and is mostly always steel / shred / short iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miked View Post
    This is what i did with the flat tv's for a while. Plug it in, hook it up to a source ie cable, turn on the sound and see if it works. If it works then take a photo of the broken screen while it has a picture.
    Look up the tv on ebay and check the sold price of the various boards. This will tell you if its worth your time to sell the boards.
    I have picked up 3 so far, all at the curb. Hoping to save them and do one day of troubleshooting/breaking down/fixing. I appreciate the insight Miked about the selling of the motherboards potentially, as it feels nice to get a second use out of something if it can be saved and keep someone else device keep running. It is nice here in New Brunswick there is provincial drop offs just like California @Cyberdan so anytime I've broke down other electronics with plastic housing I carefully take apart the shell and place all the un wanted stuff back in and replace the screws... I appreciate the government taking care of some of the waste that would just be trashed, and if I get a bit a coppa outta it then it is all gravy.

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    Miked pretty much nailed it. If you wanted to make a little bit of coin with a flat screen ... reselling the boards would be the way to go. The one that Dan found would be a really good candidate because it's brand new. A certain number of flatscreens get damaged in transit from the factory to the store. The customer never knows till they take it home and open the box.

    The store will usually tell you to drop it off at the electronics recycling building and they give you another one.

    I've repaired a couple of used ones. There are usually three circuit boards when you remove the back. The most common one to fail in this area is the power board. We get a lot of power surges just before the power goes out in a storm. The other prime cause is home backup generators. The less expensive ones are really bad for electronics because their power output varies so much.

    The other thing to go is the backlight. That's a harder repair but sometimes it can be done if you're careful in your work.

    As far as straight up scrap value goes ? They aren't worth bothering with. Lots of effort for very little gain.

    I've got a really nice one that needs a back light repair. It's been sitting in the closet for almost four years now. I keep meaning to get a round tuit but can never seem to find the time and energy to make it happen. Too many other things to do.

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    If you're into DOA / Damaged / Salvage goods, Wal-Mart has B2B auctions where you can bid by the pallet or truckload. I am sure Costco, Best Buy, Target and the other guys has some similar way to work.

    Amazon would be the exception. They claim to resell returned items and they have a section for that on their site, but TV reporters tracked perfectly good condition items returned by customers all the way to destruction by a third party hired by Amazon.

    https://liquidations.walmart.com/

    Edit: Amazon part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post


    I've got a really nice one that needs a back light repair. It's been sitting in the closet for almost four years now. I keep meaning to get a round tuit but can never seem to find the time and energy to make it happen. Too many other things to do.
    Story of my life lol. I've got 25 TV's in on the shelf that are just waiting to be worked on with more coming in daily. I enjoy working on TV's, but they take up so much space for repairs. I want to fix as many as I can, but there are just not enough hours in the day. When you get around to working on that TV I would recommend you buy a set of those orange TV repair suction cups. They work super well for removing the glass panel (especially on units 50"+).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CopperMiner View Post
    If you're into DOA / Damaged / Salvage goods, Wal-Mart has B2B auctions where you can bid by the pallet or truckload. I am sure Costco, Best Buy, Target and the other guys has some similar way to work.

    Amazon would be the exception. They claim to resell returned items and they have a section for that on their site, but TV reporters tracked perfectly good condition items returned by customers all the way to destruction by a third party hired by Amazon.

    https://liquidations.walmart.com/

    Edit: Amazon part.
    Thank you for the link! I'm currently looking into trying a salvage lot or two of salvage TV's and other items and those prices look pretty reasonable.

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    One thing I learned on one tv: The tv wouldn't power on so you would think its the power board but no it was the logic board(main green board). Why well the power goes through the power board to the main board and then back to the power board to initiate distribution of power from the power board.

    Watch out for that one before purchasing a replacement power board. 73, Mike


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