WIRED: The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers

WIRED: The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers

A few things occurred to me as I read this:

  1. There must be employees of these stores who have figured this out as well. I can’t imagine working for Best Buy and being told to toss this stuff in the dumpster without realizing I could make a few bucks off it on Craigslist or eBay.
  2. I’m amazed these stores haven’t figured out that they can sell this stuff rather than send it to the landfill. It’s shameful that Walmart and other big boxes are now using huge compactors to “reduce” the amount sent to the landfill. Compact, recycle, or compost the actual trash, and then figure out a way to sell those bikes or donate them to a worthy cause. It’s just lazy.
  3. How many people will read this and immediately head for the back of the nearest strip mall or big box?
  4. $600,000 a year? Um, really?
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