How cool is that? From Blurgh! The ThinkGeek Blog:

We have a problem. And it’s growing at a rate proportional to our return pile. We can’t, in good conscience, resell damaged electronics. And we can’t donate them to charity–the saddest kid in the world is one with a handheld video game that won’t turn on. Garbage, then? Not good for the environment. Luckily for us, there’s an entire class of scavengers out there ready to pick the bones of our helicopters, keyboards, and interactive t-shirts: hackers, makers, and crafty techy types.

They’re even polling interest in a possible subscription service. [Thanks, John!]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome idea… would help reduce waste, and give us makers a nice little stock pile of other peoples junk (our treasure).
    Now im kinda surprised this didnt get though up sooner..

  • edm00se

    Freakin A ThinkGeek. Freakin A.

  • Rob De Hart

    This is great. I live in a particularly small town with no sort of electronic recycling. I imagine sometimes people just dumping everything they don’t use or doesn’t ‘work’. We could do with a nice hackerspace if only we had the space.

  • StacyD

    My BF and I teach kids electronics so this would be amazingly useful! Plus, we like to fix toys and donate them, it would be amazing if we could help kids fix the toy that they get which is broken and they get to take it home!

  • Chris

    great idea thinkgeek! much better than the “geek points” system you currently use to get rid of
    all your damaged merch. I eventually just stopped cashing them in, every single item i’ve ever
    cashed them in for has arrived broken -_-