walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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Remarkably Useless Commentary on decluttering and electronics

I recognize that when it comes to boxes that products arrive in, there are Those Who Keep and Those Who Trash. Generally speaking, I am firmly in the Those Who Trash camp. I _might_ hang onto a box for a month if I'm worried the item might need to be returned, but I'm actually not all that likely to return the broken items anyway; I'm more likely to just buy something new (and from a different maker and/or retailer) as to attempt a replacement, because I've spent too much time in replacement hell already over four plus decades.

My husband is firmly in the Those Who Keep camp, on the theory that it helps to have original boxes when moving. Which right up until I started living with him made absolutely no sense at all, because he hadn't moved in forever. Ha! He was just allowing for the possibility of me to appear. Perhaps. I actually don't like reusing original boxes when moving; I'd rather have uniform sized boxes because they stack better. But never mind that now.

We kept the boxes for all the various small electronics that are now being shipped (on someone else's dime!) in exchange for gift cards at places we buy stuff at anyway. IT DID NOT MATTER. Apple's PowerOn has you go in and then FedEx package it for you (all part of the service). Amazon's kindle return service is pretty laid back about how you send it to them, so at least there maybe it helped to keep the original box.

So I don't think it matters if you Keep or Trash the original packaging. I really don't. I think trashing is easier, but if you like Keeping, hey, it's on you and whoever has to share your space.

But that doesn't excuse the rest of this:

http://www.oprah.com/home/Whats-Your-Clutter-Style-Peter-Walsh-Declutter-Tips/3

"1. Banish boxes.

"There was a time when you could sell used electronics, so it made sense to keep the original packaging," says Walsh. Unfortunately, "no one wants your old gadgets anymore. Technology moves too fast." He recommends recycling an item's box within a month of purchase and donating old devices to a women's shelter. (When you move, pack your electronics in bubble wrap—or better yet, a towel.)"

The comments on the article indicate the web page is from the last couple years. The idea that "no one wants your old gadgets anymore" wasn't true in 2012 and it's increasingly Not True in 2013.

Perhaps when Walsh wrote the advice, it was still the Era of the Feature Phone. *shrug*

But it is brain dead advice now, and makes absolutely no sense in this context, since the perpetrators he refers to include:

"Perpetrators
Twenty- and 30-something Apple devotees"

I've complained before about the low quality of decluttering advice when it comes to decluttering stuff on computers (whether devices, laptops or desktops -- the advice usually is more clutter-ful than anything I'm already doing). I'm going to add a complaint about the low quality of decluttering when it comes to electronic devices.

I don't know _why_ the advice is so bad; perhaps I'll edit this if something occurs to me. Or perhaps one of my Dear Readers can help me out.
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