Electronic – Taking apart old electronics


I sometimes end up having someone's unwanted old electronics, usually faulty ones. Does it make sense to harvest components from such. Anything valuable I should be looking for?

Best Answer

You'll be paying youself only pennies per hour. I wouldn't bother with basic and cheap stuff like resistors and capacitors. ICs are often hard to identify, and old ones have little value today.

I would look for things like power transformers, speakers, heat sinks, relays, solenoids, motors, and large mechanical parts. Those cost more and are often hard to find. Sometimes just the box and chassis are the more valuable parts.

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