This trick isn’t for everyone, but one that I use to my advantage and anyone willing to do a small bit of networking can also do. If you use a lot of batteries for high powered electronic devices, then you likely want to purchase a good set of rechargeable batteries, but if you need a lot of batteries that don’t require a long life, this may be just what you’ve been looking for.
My situation is that my wife sells a lot of Hello Kitty items, many of which require batteries. While we could easily send these devices without batteries, it’s always nice when you receive something to be able to test it out right away. We therefore decided that including batteries with the items that need them when they are sold is one of the things that we will usually do. The problem is that we really didn’t want to spend the extra money buying batteries for all these items.
With these circumstances, it makes sense for us to get free batteries. While I realize this won’t apply to many of you out there, I’m sure that there are a few that need extra batteries on a fairly consistent basis for various reasons and so I’m sharing this trick with you. It comes in handy if you have kids with a lot of electronic toys.
Most people don’t think about it, but disposable cameras have a battery in them. The battery is needed for the flash. If every photo is taken using the flash, the battery will be pretty well drained. If none of the photos are taken using the flash, however, the battery will be like new (please realize these are standard batteries and not long life alkaline batteries). That means that these batteries still have life.
When you take your disposable camera to have the film developed, rarely do you ask for your camera back. That means that the parts of the disposable camera are either recycled or thrown out, including that battery. We simply found a few drug stores that develop film and asked that they save these batteries for us instead of throwing them out. We go by and pick them up every couple of weeks and they are perfect for putting in the toys that require AA batteries.
Since we get a fair amount, I also use them for my electronic equipment that need AA batteries. They don’t last long in these high power drain devices, but since I don’t mind changing them often, they work for me (I’m sure that others would hate having to change them so often). For those that don’t mind changing them, you can save quite a bit using this method.
Not every store will automatically let you have the batteries. We had to visit a number of different stores before we found three that were willing to let us have theirs. A lot depends on the manager and it helps if they know you at the store. Still, it costs nothing to ask and as I have said, we finally manged to find 3 good sources. If you use a lot of batteries, it could be something that you might want to investigate and see if it is worth the effort for your circumstances.