One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure

It was one of the big trash days out here a couple of days ago. Now when people throw things away, one would assume that they are throwing away things that are no longer working, but that certainly is not the case in Japan. My theory of why so many perfectly good items get thrown away is because there is so much limited space in the homes. That means if something new is purchased, something is thrown out to make room for it even if it’s still in great shape. So I scored myself a perfectly good CD player:

CD player

I probably would have thought the CD player was broken, but happened to be putting out some of my own trash at the same time the person throwing away the CD player was placing it onto


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4 Responses to One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure

  1. Caitlin says:

    nice score! is that hello kitty on your cart? 😉

  2. pfadvice says:

    yep…and since my wife makes about $40,000 a year selling Hello Kitty from Japan to peopel in the US and Europe through eBay, I no longer complain about it 😉

  3. You would be amazed how often even in America people throw away stuff that is still working.

  4. Breton Wench says:

    Hehehehe! Excellent!
    I scored a second hand midi hifi system in the same way – someone was putting it in the dump because he had got a bigger one – so I politely asked for it and he put it in the back of my car :-)
    No shame in asking!

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