Online Tech Exchange Aims to Squash Hardware Waste

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Do you have drawers full of electronics that you don’t know what to do with, or maybe looking for a hard-to-find computer part? A new online marketplace wants to make it easier for you to buy and sell computers and electronic equipment.

Bitlist.com was launched in February by Listmill, a Pittsburgh-based tech start-up specializing in online marketplace sites. The site founders hope to streamline the online marketplace experience for consumers while helping reduce electronic waste.

“As computer guys with closets full of old equipment we’re often left with the question of what to do with it,” the site founders say on the Listmill site.

Bitlist.com promises to deliver a fast, powerful and efficient search function that allows users to find specific items quickly.

“We’ve also been in the situation where we’re searching for some obscure CPU or RAM for an old media server. Other markets make it very hard to find specifically what you want,” the site founders say.

In 2009, about 2.37 million tons of discarded TVs, computers, peripherals (including printers, scanners, fax machines), keyboards, mice and cell phones ended up in the waste stream in the U.S, according to EPA facts and figures.

The EPA says that much of what is considered “e-waste” is actually whole electronic equipment or parts that are marketable for reuse or can be recovered for recycling.
Bitlist.com is currently open to buyers and sellers in the U.S. and Canada. The site is free to use and doesn’t require users to register.

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