Don't Throw Out That Old Treadmill
The past ten years have seen dramatic improvements in the quality of treadmills. So many home users have decided to upgrade to a newer model. It's unlikely you'll be able to trade in your old one when you buy the new one and it's typically less expensive to buy a new one than to have your old one fixed the where it's nearly as good as a new one. So what do you do with your old one?
What to do with Your Old Treadmill
Of course, you could take the old equipment to your local dump, but there's probably a fee to do so. There is a better way. Selling it in yard sale is an option, bur really only if your old treadmill runs decently. If it doesn't still run, hiring someone to fix it probably doesn't pay, but you could more than get your money back if you just need to buy a part or two. Then you could sell in online, for example, on craigslist. If you are selling a brand name treadmill in decent condition, and buyer is knowledgeable, you can get a nice price on Craigslist.
Making a gift of a working treadmill to your local public facility like a community center is a good idea, but you don't want to just unload your problem treadmill on them. In that case, your gift will probably be seen as simply trying to unload your garbage! It may be possible to get a charitable deduction for such a gift if it is to a recognized charitable organization, such as a church or governmental entity. A $200 deduction is probably justifiable to the Internal Revenue Service for an average, older home treadmill.
If you are shopping for a higher quality treadmill, your local independently owned, specialty fitness store may consider a trade-in. Most will be limited in what they can offer you, but they may at least take your old treadmill when they deliver your new one and simply dispose of the old one themselves.
As a last resort, you could always just discard your old treadmill. There should be no toxic parts in a treadmill, so, unlike televisions and computer, there should be no environmental problem in its going into a landfill. Because it is largely made of plastic and rubber, there is virtually no salvage value to the metal in a treadmill. Your equipment may be big, but it is not difficult to take apart. The console and supports can be unscrewed, removed, and fit into a garbage can. The base and running surface can be more difficult, but they can usually fit easily into a dumpster.
The worst ways to dispose of your treadmill are to leave it on the sidewalk, form an artificial reef in the ocean, or give it to your overweight friend who has no motivation to exercise. Of course, you can also just keep your old treadmill and use it as so many others do, as a clothes rack. Whatever you do, if getting a new treadmill will cause you to actually it, or use it more, you should do it!
By Robert Braun
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