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  • Writer's picturePatrick Kelly

Why Do We Hoard Electronics?

Why Do We Hoard Electronics? Unraveling the Three Main Reasons

In the age of rapid technological advancement, our lives are intertwined with electronic gadgets. From smartphones to laptops, we accumulate a plethora of devices over time. But why do we find it so hard to part with them? Let’s delve into the psychology behind our electronic hoarding tendencies.

1. Fear

When it comes to our old electronics, fear often creeps in. Here’s why:

Data Anxiety

Old servers, hard drives, and backup tapes harbor sensitive company data. Fear of unauthorized access or data breaches keeps these relics locked away. The corporate mindset echoes, “What if our proprietary secrets leak?”

Environmental Guilt

What happens when we improperly discard electronics? They end up in landfills, leaching toxic chemicals into the soil and water. Worse yet, some devices are illegally shipped to developing countries for disassembly, exposing workers and the environment to hazardous materials. No company wants to see their asset tags in a picture on 60 Minutes.

2. Loss Aversion: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

Corporations invest heavily in technology infrastructure. That state-of-the-art server farm from a decade ago? It cost a fortune. Loss aversion kicks in—the reluctance to write off sunk costs. The CFO hesitates: “Can we really discard these servers? They were cutting-edge once!” But the fact is, electronics are among the fastest depreciating asset. The longer you wait, the more it will depreciate.

3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Enter the realm of out of sight, out of mind. Corporate storage rooms become digital graveyards. Forgotten laptops, obsolete printers, and ancient networking gear accumulate. The clutter is invisible until facilities management stumbles upon it during a rare audit.


The Solution

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  3. Asset Discovery and Removal. We provide free site audits to help you identify your End-of-Life Assets and plan for their next life.

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