June 21, 2024

The company offers burials for equipment

The company offers burials for equipment

There are many ways and means to get rid of your discarded devices. However, if you have developed an emotional bond with your old smartphone or wireless alarm clock, you can even say goodbye to it through a funeral service.

What to do with old smart devices? In China it can be “buried” (Iconic image: Getty Images)

One should not cling to material things, as the saying goes. But sometimes it’s not that easy. Some people have to swallow hard when they have to part with their first car or when their childhood home is demolished. Others see smart devices not just as a useful object, but as an extension of themselves and associate feelings of nostalgia with their smartphone, with which they have traveled the world, or the tablet that accompanied them throughout their studies.

So if you’re having trouble getting rid of your abandoned device when upgrading to the latest model, you can now use a special service in China: There’s now an electronics dealer home there.

Electronic devices are turned into works of art

This is how Lin Xi, a young woman from Weifang, China, describes her company like this, like a portal Central Odd mentioned. However, their service does not consist of burying smartphones or laptops in a hole in the ground to sad music.

Instead, it offers its customers to disassemble devices and turn individual parts into modern ones, framed artwork for transformation.

I first saw works of art like this while studying in the UK, and even then thought this might be a good way to recycle end-of-life electronics. At home, she practiced her own e-waste and opened her shop in 2019.

The ruble is rolling in: hundreds of companies specializing in “burial equipment”.

And it turned out to be very profitable. After posting an ad online (“Don’t lose your old phone, let me design it for you”), it received over 200 orders within days.

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Initially, customers mainly came to it with electronic relics, such as the first-generation Motorola phone from the 1970s or the HTC G1, the first mass-produced Android smartphone. However, over time, customers came to it with all kinds of devices. Last year, a young man wanted a smartphone from 2014 that no longer worked. It had no real value, but it had sentimental value for the man, because he attached so many memories to the phone and so he didn’t want to get rid of it.

Not only is Lin Xi successful in the concept of the so-called ‘burial equipment’. According to the Apple Daily blog, there are hundreds, possibly thousands, of these entrepreneurs in China who sometimes earn six figures (in euros) a year through this very special grief support.

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