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Did you hit any garage sales when you were growing up? Most likely you didn't do it to save the planet but rather to make money or shop for bargains. Regardless of the motivation, a secondary result -- one with far grander, long-term benefits -- is that a lot of old items sold were kept out of the trash. When yard sales and the want ads went online thanks to eBay, selling was taken up to the next level; however, as before, the environmental impact of the model took a "back seat" benefit to the sale of quirky, hard-to-find items and a new breed of online entrepreneurs.
To add to your point, you can turn in your old iPod when buying your new one, and receive 10% off. When asked where the iPods go after I turn them in, the Apple cashier said "an iPod cemetary in Cupertino." The scary thing is, that probably exists!