Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Sunday Morning Muse

Genius is taking a simple idea, filling a need, and making a buck at it.  And, if I can make a few dollars from the endeavor as well, it is not only genius, but flipping brilliant.

I have had two iPhone 3G's sitting on the kitchen counter for about three months.  Just sitting there.  I've donated phones to the troops in the past, but I seriously doubt the troops are happy to get five year old cell phones, so donating a very dated iPhone didn't sound like the best thing to do either. 

So, there they sat.

Then, about three weeks ago I saw a commercial on TV for a website called  They commercial stated that if I went to the site, gave some information about the old phones that they would buy them from me.

Woohoo!!  Cash money!!  Somalians for the iPhones!! got a visit from me that day.  I answered some questions about the phone, and yes, it was one of the ones they accepted, and yes it it was in good shape they would pay me $43.00 for each one! 

$43.00!  They only cost me $99.00 two and a half years ago.  That means the iPhones were going to end up costing me $0.06 a day for the past 30 months.

Six cents a day! sent me a package containing a box , and a postage paid shipping label for me to send them the phones.  Once in their hands they would confirm its condition, and if it was what I said it was they would send along a check for $43.00 for each one of the phones.  Friday we received the checks.

Now, enjoy your coffee, and after you read this, round up your old cell phones, and go check out  They may have a tank of gas waiting for you.


  1. Thanks! That's Helpful!Sunday, March 25, 2012

    Thanks for sharing the helpful hint!

  2. Who knew?! This is great advice. Thank you for sharing this tip!! By the time we tally up all of our old phones we'll be even more appreciative!

  3. My advice is before you sell your old cell phones, you must research and compare your options and choose the best deal that suits you.

  4. An obsolete phone originally bought for $99.00, sold three years later for $43.00 instead of ending up in a landfill sure suited me!


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