Skip to comments.Economy: Landfills (and thrift stores) hurting as consumers repair, reuse
Posted on 04/26/2009 3:37:32 PM PDT by llevrok
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Oh the humanity!!!!
First to say: Why post this trash?
What a waste.
Now wait a minute, how does the law of supply and demand work backwards for garbage dumps? Less demand for a place to dump garbage should mean cheaper rates, no? Why not?
There is a reason why they call them "temporary" !
Now, now, we’re supposed to dump on liberal lies.
This will create an employment vacuum for green job fulfillment.
Goodwill is still doing a booming business. Bought a prom dress there the other day and they had just as much stuff as they’ve ever had. Yes, brand new with the store tags for $12, thank you very much.
So it costs us money if we throw it away.
But it costs us money if we DON’T throw it away.
This world is Eff’d up to the max!!
Ahhhh, the only time I EVER saw a repairman at our house was when we got a TV. Other than that...my dad, painted, sanded, nailed, refinished and rewired lamps all down in our basement. It was fun as a kid to go down there while he was doing that and just hang out and talk to him. Those were hard days for lots of people but...we made do with what we had and had shoes repaired, wore hand me downs, and even had (mismatched furniture pieces in our house given to us by friends or relatives) heaven forbid. The furniture was not always perfect or a “set” but...the love was perfect from a “set” of parents who took care of their family the best way they knew how and taught my brother and sisters to do the same. Thank you God for the wisdom of good parents and the lessons they taught us for life. I am VERY GRATEFUL.
Curiously, there was no correlation with population reduction. The landfill volume is a function of the populations size. If people are fleeing the area, landfills will feel the decline.
"People don't have the kind of money to spend buying a new system when they can repair their old stuff for like half the cost," said Dan Seidl, purchasing manager.
The USB controller on the motherboard of my 6-year old PC is shorting out, so I bought an Ultra PCI card with 6 USB ports. I paid $20 with shipping -- a heck of a lot less than a new computer. Now I can run my Wacom Intuos, external HD, flash driver, printer, Alltel aircard, etc. without my system shutting down.
If Microsoft is smart (yeah, I know, HAHAHAAAAA), they could market Windows 7 to those of us with older PC's who refuse to downgrade to Vista.
A cabinet factory near my home is closing and their dumping their warehouse inventory. I’ve been going down there and grabbing cupboard doors cheap (the ones with glass panes) to use as picture frames that look a bit like windows with scenery pictures behind them.
If the economy picks up I think I’ll be able to sell them and make a nifty profit at flea markets and craft shows etc.
Your recycling material is now going straight to the dump as the prices paid for the recycled material does not pay shipping costs. Only aluminum and copper remain above water, locally.
>> About 82 temporary workers have been laid
That’s some job perk, especially for a temp.
Have they not been screaming about the filling up of the landfills? Yep, upside down fer sure!
Most of our furniture doesn’t match either. We have an accumulation of old stuff. Fixing stuff is what we’ve always done, as well as cooking from scratch most of the time.
No doubt there is a glut of people with my skill set out there but some of the ones I have met do not inspire any confidence in me. It is scary how much people simply do not know.