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High Cost of Tech Spending and Eco Impact Revealed in Study

15 April 2020 - 14:31:29

A new report from gadget and media recycling firm MusicMagpie has revealed that the average UK consumer will splash out a total of £40,000 on consumer electronic products over the course of their lives, according to the Sun.

This breaks down across a number of specific product categories, with mobile phones proving to be by far the most commonly purchased item. Most people can be expected to own 21 different handsets, while other popular products include laptops and games consoles, with the totals sitting at 16 for each of these devices.

The study also found that people can expect to plough through 1000 batteries in addition to more than 120 cables used to charge the gadgets that they own.

Another key piece of information revealed in the study is that plenty of people who purchase tech products then hold on to them long after they have outlived their usefulness, meaning that a typical consumers could net just over £2000 if they decided to sell their old phones, computers, tablets and TVs rather than hoarding them.

Research spokesperson Liam Howley explained that it was clear just how committed to the tech lifestyle modern Brits were, even if this means that they also tend to end up with lots of unwanted old devices cluttering their homes.

Howley also pointed out that it was much more eco-friendly for gadget fans to sell their old devices rather than sending them to landfill, and with so many opportunities to get cash for mobiles and other gadgets that are in working order or even damaged, there is little excuse to overlook this option. Since consumers are spending thousands on electronics in their lifetimes, it is sensible to try and recoup at least a little of this cash.




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