There are significant concerns over all the used electronic gear we dump into the world's landfills, but my cable tv provider seems to have figured out a way to reduce the amount of tech junk it generates -
When you bring in a DVR that doesn't work, they simply stick the defective one on a shelf and grab a "reconditioned" unit from the other end of the pile.
Today, when I asked the Service Rep to give me a "new unit, one that comes in a box" I was told there are "no new DVRs, anywhere."
- "You mean I can't get a NEW one, even if I'm willing to pay for it?"
"No sir. They just aren't giving us any new ones."
"So, when this one quits working, like the last one did after two weeks, what should I do?"
"Bring it back and we'll replace it - FOR FREE."