How to Donate Broken Laptops

Written by misti sandefur
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You have a pile of broken laptops that you're about to throw away, but just because they're broken doesn't mean they're trash. Believe it or not, there are people who would be glad to take the laptops off your hands. Furthermore, some of those people may be able to give the laptops life again. Of course you probably already know that since you're looking for information on donating broken laptops. That said, the following advice will help you on your quest to donate broken laptops.

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    Donate Broken Laptops

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    Take the laptops to your local college. Not only do colleges teach from textbooks but many of them offer students hands-on learning, so your broken laptops will give the students something to experiment with.

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    Donate broken laptops to a computer repair shop. The technicians may use the parts to repair other laptops, and some technicians may be able to fix the laptops.

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    Give your broken laptops to a friend who likes to tinker with electronics and/or broken computers.

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    Consider donating the broken laptops to a computer recycling organisation in your area. Many computer recycling organisations will dispose of any unfixable laptops in an environment-friendly manner, and if they can fix any of the laptops you donated, they'll usually donate what they were able to fix to schools and colleges.

Tips and warnings

  • If you'd like a little cash for your broken laptops, there are places and individuals who will pay you cash for the laptops.
  • You may be eligible for a deductible from the IRS if you donated broken laptops to a non-profit organisation. The IRS states that in order to claim the deduction at the end of the year your donation must "be used solely for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals." If you donate broken laptops to a college for students to experience hands-on learning for computer repair, you should be able to claim the deduction because the donation will be used for an educational purpose.
  • If you search the Internet for companies or individuals to donate broken laptops to, do your homework to see what else you can find out about the company or individual first, especially if they offer to pay you for the laptops.

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