BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — We live in a throw-away society when it comes to electronics because technology changes so quickly.
The constant turnover of electronics is impacting your pocket book and the environment - especially when it comes to home computers.
Brand new computers, depending on whether it is a PC or Apple product, can range from $300 up to $2,000.
For families looking to make sure students have a home computer, that can be a budget-breaking bill on top of other back-to-school costs.
But there is an option: recycled computers.
Buffalo Computer Recycling (BCR) is a local company that takes old computers, refurbishes them, and then sells them for a fraction of what a new computer will cost. Most of the computers are former business models that were leased out.
The company started in 2011 and had been primarily selling thousands of refurbished computers online - until now.
It has opened a new store located at 1500 Clinton Street, Suite 92, Buffalo (In the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal). To accommodate back-to-school shoppers, the store is open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m Monday to Sunday.
According to owner Richard Chumsky, a refurbished computer, laptop or tablet sells for 50% less than the cost of a new one.
"Companies get rid of computers that have value in them," added Chumsky.
Right now, Buffalo Computer Recycling is selling some tablets for as low as $50 and mini-laptops with Windows 10 and 2 gigabytes of memory for $75.
BCR cleans, tests and installs new solid-state hard drives in its refurbished computers which results in the computers operating five-times faster.
"It is a great way for parents to save money on computer technology," explained the company owner.
The computers and recycled computer parts are also sold online at https://www.buffalocomputerparts.com/
Will a refurbished computer run the software that students need? "Yes," said Chumsky, who explained that all of the refurbished computers are tested to make sure they operate properly. The company offers a 1-year warranty on everything it sells.
In addition to saving families money, recycling computers can have a positive impact on the environment. According to BCR: