Monday, November 16, 2009

cash for clunkers

You've, no doubt, heard of the Cash for Clunkers program that was to encourage the economy by enticing consumers to trade in their gas-guzzlers for a new fuel-efficient vehicle. You may have even heard about trading in your old refrigerator. But there is a new twist on this concept that you've probably not heard of and probably would never even think about.

Last week on a local radio program there was a commercial for a new "Cash for Clunkers" program. It, surprisingly enough, was a commercial for the convenience store. That's right. They are offering a 25% discount on a new . . . um . . . appliance when you bring in your "old worn out one." Can I just say that is gross!!

First, why would anyone bring in their old . . . appliance?? Second, and more importantly, what in the world would the store do with them? Again, that's just gross!!


Anonymous said...

Holy. I mean. Damn. Jeez, I am just at a loss for words.

2amsomewhere said...

Would it be too much of a stretch to imagine them recycling the raw materials?

I suppose that the metals from the motors might have a non-zero salvage value.


2amsomewhere said...

Yeah, there's a business for recycling them state-side as well.

(wouldn't know what to do if Google wasn't out there)

Sailor said...

ugh. Sorry, some things should not be recycled, no matter how environmentally concerned.

"Spices", are one of those things.

aphron said...


It seems to be a pretty good gimmick to folks in. Kind of like the federal government's program. Since those stores probably have a 300% mark-up, I doubt shaving off 25% hurts them. Hopefully, these "appliances" are disposed of in the proper fashion.

Desmond Jones said...

Oh, you know, wash 'em real good with bleach. . . ;)

But yeah, even not being a girl, the idea of used, um, 'appliances' does sorta give me the willies. . .

Buttafly32681 said...

LOL... Seriously?!??