Want advice in getting rid of an old but working TV

April 7, 2017 at 15:38:26
Specs: several
I have a 27" RCA TV made in 1988 that I need to get rid of.
It works fine, but of course it uses a CRT. The cabinet is big,
but very good-looking. I'm not trying to sell it here, just find
out if there are people out there who would buy it, or at least
take it off my hands at no cost to me. Otherwise I'll have to
pay to have it hauled away.

RCA Dimensia GPR2740T, oak and oak verneer cabinet.
According to the manual it is 27", but I measure the actual
screen diagonal as 26". The cabinet is 32" wide, 19" deep,
and 31" high including the swivel base. Lots of connections
on the back for plugging in video and audio sources, but of
course not HDMI or anything like that since it is from 1988.
I have the remote control and owner's manual.

Any suggestions?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 7, 2017 at 15:52:20
Possibly any one of the charities who take such things?

Also are there any websites which will allow you to post it for free; saying that like everything else on the site, the tv is free for anyone who wants to collect it?

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April 7, 2017 at 16:41:29
Take it the electronics recycler. Which is closer to you, Bloomington or Brooklyn Park? $10 fee: http://www.hennepin.us/residents/re...

Or set it by the curb on your recycling day: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/sol...

Or try posting on the freebie section on Craigslist: https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/...

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April 8, 2017 at 05:01:28
Hi Jeff, here in the UK, I would advertise on forums/sites such as:-

a) Offered and Wanted section

b) For Sale, Freebies section

I have found new homes for various items, including tv's and faxes.
I always offer foc, as I support recycling and most likely they would not sell, which would then mean scrapping..

Find the right forum, and there is probably a collector there that would love your tv.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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April 8, 2017 at 10:28:02
I think finding the right forum is what I need help with.

I bought something on Craigslist once, about two years ago,
although the price ended up being twice what the web page
said. The seller was just a few miles away, so I hoped either
I could pick it up or she could deliver it, but she shipped it via
USPS for $11.45. None of those are options here. The TV is
too big and heavy for anyone but a professional mover to
move, even if it were just being scrapped. The building I'm
in requires a professional mover for large items. At best I
could have the mover transfer it from my apartment to the
buyer's vehicle downstairs. That means the buyer would
have to show up with a suitable vehicle at the same time the
mover is here. Otherwise, either the mover would have to
transport the TV to the buyer at absurd cost, or I would have
to rent a U-Haul and have my brother-in-law drive it to the
buyer or to the county recycling center. Probably also at
absurd cost and a nuisance to my brother-in-law. Leaving it
on the curb is not an option.

The cabinet is in such nice condition, I really hate the idea
of it not being reused somehow. But I don't want to have to
pay for someone else to get to reuse it. The mover charges
something like $100 an hour, with a minimum of two hours.
And I don't have any alternatives to using a mover. I can't
cut the picture tube up into little pieces and put it in the
trash, as I theoretically could with the cabinet.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 8, 2017 at 11:05:33
You might be able to at least move it to a suitable vehicle (the new owner's perhaps) with a heavy duty sack truck.They come in two and multi-wheenled versions. The latter designed for moving heavy items down staircases... They have (usually) three sets of wheels on the same axis. Many hire shops will likely know about both versions? Certainly a decent hire shop will have a means of moving something bulky (and the your nice olde tv cabinet sounds a bit like say a large fridge or fridge-freezer), so they will likely have ideas?

Once it's in the "buyer's/new owner's vehicle it's no longer your problem at the other end of its journey... One just has to hope the buyer etc. will have help and similar moving kit as you might have?

This is the three wheeler I'm thinking of: it's a UK source obviously as I is in the UK just now... But likely you can find US/Canadian sources?


Also if you had a chat with a good hire shop they might have other ideas re' moving it downstairs, and then loading it into a vehicle. The same processes being used of course (in reverse) at its destination?

I agree it's a shame that often very attractive older furniture (olde tv cabinets, radiograms etc.) invariably get dumped... Many can be turned to other uses - once the innards have been removed.

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April 8, 2017 at 11:43:39
Replacing the innards is what I was thinking, but I have no
idea what they could be appropriately replaced with. I have
some imagination, but not that much.

Getting the thing up and down stairs is not the problem.
I could probably wrangle it onto a dolly myself, at which point
anyone could wheel it to the first floor and out the door. The
problem is that the building management requires all large
objects to be moved by a professional mover if they are moved
out of an apartment. I have just been approved to move from
the nice, big apartment I am in, with the beautiful view of the
lake across the street, to a smaller apartment one floor down
with a view of the air exhausts on the roof of the restaurant
next door, which I might be able to afford. So I have to hire a
mover anyway to move all the large furniture. I absolutely do
not want to hire movers to come here twice. So if somebody
is going to get a free TV from me, they need to get here with a
suitable vehicle during the short time the mover will be here.

I'm looking at the Craigslist info. It looks like it might work.
Are there any drawbacks to posting on Craigslist?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 8, 2017 at 11:47:08
"Are there any drawbacks to posting on Craigslist?"


As they say, never meet a Craigslist bidder in an empty parking lot....

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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April 8, 2017 at 18:07:19
"As they say, never meet a Craigslist bidder in an empty parking lot...."

I regularly buy, sell, trade, & give stuff away on CL. I prefer not having strangers come to my house so unless the item is huge (like a car), I setup a meeting in a parking lot - local mall, Kmart, Home Depot, etc., wherever the person feels comfortable. Sure, there's some risk involved but it works both ways.

Here's a few tips: Do not post your phone number or email address in your CL ad. Use their anonymous email service instead. Exchange a few emails before giving out your phone number. If you feel you must post your number in the ad, format it in such a way that the phone number harvesters don't recognize it as such. Rather than 555-1234, use something like 5five5-one234. Or if you post photos, you can place your number in one of the photos; either on a piece paper before you take the photo, or afterwards using MS paint or whatever photo editing software you have.

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April 9, 2017 at 03:36:37
I doubt anyone will want it for general use. Even those on low incomes can probably pick up a used LCD flat screen TV for next to nothing. Your best chance is someone who collects such things for archival interest but those are few and far between. Also their interest would probably be earlier stuff.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 9, 2017 at 05:06:17
If you do decide to remove the innards and use the cabinet...

Radiograms frequently became cocktail or drinks cabinets; much to the sadness of those who really appreciated the designs, style and also the actual unit when in use.

Equally it might be become a display cabinet or book case, possibly with glass doors or similar?

And one could install a modern LED strip light too to enhance the new function...

Some of these olde tv sets had decent speakers too; so possibly you might be able to use that part (still in place?) with a hifi, or modern tv audio o/p?

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April 9, 2017 at 05:49:08
And (before you dispose of it) just FYI, you could still put a Roku on it....


"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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April 9, 2017 at 13:03:12
riider wrote:

> Do not post your phone number or email address in your CL ad.
> Use their anonymous email service instead.

That's the sort of advice I'm hoping for. Craiglist has an anonymous
email service? I'll have to find out about that. I was planning to ask
my e-mail provider for a new address to use on Craigslist.

Derek wrote:

> I doubt anyone will want it for general use. ... Your best chance is
> someone who collects such things for archival interest but those are
> few and far between. Also their interest would probably be earlier stuff.

A salesperson in the TV department of a big locally-based retailer
(there are at least two, so you don't know which one I mean) -- who
happens to be the same age as my TV -- responded yesterday when I
asked her whether I should try to sell the TV or just give it away on
Craiglist, that I should try to sell it. I'm skeptical.

I want to get rid of it May 9, 10, or 11, which should be the best days
for hiring a mover.

trvlr wrote:

> If you do decide to remove the innards and use the cabinet...

It was never my intention to do that myself. I would give the TV to
someone who had a reasonable plan to do such a thing. They would
still have to dispose of the innards responsibly. But as I said, the set
still works. I'm watching/listening to it right now, in between typing.

I had to ask Google what the term "radiogram" means to you.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 9, 2017 at 13:12:38
If the set -- or its innards -- are going to be junked, I want to
harvest the speakers. But I can't do that until I know it is
definitely going to be junked.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 9, 2017 at 13:17:36
ummm - Guess radiogram is an olde term from my younger years; was about until the 70s at least I think.

As likely you discovered... It was radio with turntable included in large cabinet; there were also smaller portable "cabinets" but one would hardly call them radiograms...

They were actually more like a case or box, with a hinged lid, which housed both the turntable and a tuner. The turntable was an input into the radio amp.

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April 9, 2017 at 14:09:10
My family had exactly what you describe, when I was little.
A cabinet maybe 20" wide, 16" deep, and 32" tall, swing-up
lid, phono player and AM radio controls inside, with a bin
to hold a few 12" records. A single speaker below. It was
replaced with a stereo system in 1967.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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