Original post by: Chris Cline ,
We end up with a lot of broken electronics and have found a few uses for them: * If you want to practice soldering it's nice to have a real board to play with. * We've used many of our broken parts for art projects. Kids love to play with the electronics. Just make sure they're old enough to know not to eat them & not to throw it in the garbage. * Some patient people have scavenged through our "broken" parts and created working franken-iPods at Maker Faire. Many broken items have functional parts if you break them up more. In general tho I would never pay for any non-functional electronics, they're usually a hassle to get rid of safely.