Gadget Hoarding is Rampant


While many of us admit that we hold onto old, unused devices, a new study says it goes deeper than that. It says most Americans are gadget hoarders.

Dick Jugel pored over bits of this and that he’s been collecting for decades and told us, "One of these days I'm going to find something to use them on. So far though, they're just kind of taking up space."

Dick built his first radio at the age of seven and all these years later, his basement is packed to the ceiling with radios, computers, transmitters and more.

The former computer engineer said, "I think I just didn't let things go. I always knew that I could fix them if I spent enough time."

Collector, pack rat and gadget hoarder are three titles that Jugel claims. But everything he has holds meaning. He has equipment he used in Vietnam and a computer he build in 1974, one of the oldest in the country.

Then there’s the refrigerator. It’s filled with electronics and old parts that Jugel says he just can't part with.

He’s not alone in his collecting passion. A company called uSell recently found that 68 percent of Americans hoard gadgets. Hoarding sounds extreme but it simply means keeping unused technology for more than two years.

uSsell's co-founder, Nik Raman, said most folks think they'll use these things someday.

“Unless you really have a purpose for it, and you're going to execute on that purpose, the best thing is to sell it and to move on," he said.

Jugel says he's willing to give some of his prized possessions away to the right person: “Somebody who will appreciate it and give it a new life."

uSell says they did the survey because they want people to be aware of where their devices end up.


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