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Topic # 129190 6-Sep-2013 11:38
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I've got a bit of a quandry. I am emigrating and leaving NZ soon, going to North America, and have power leads, cables, and assorted tech gear galore. All in excellent condition, some never used. What do you guys do to get rid of all this kind of stuff? I don't want to send it to landfill and am having trouble sorting out how to get it off to good homes. Any ideas? 

Anybody want anything? (Everything is going, including all home appliances - can't take so have to quit it all). 

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  Reply # 890824 6-Sep-2013 11:45
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Compile a list of the larger items, and post it in the Offers / Wanted forum.

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=77



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  Reply # 890831 6-Sep-2013 11:52
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Like, "boxes of cables, free to a good home" ;) 

This sorting out is doing my head in, mainly because having heaps of storage space I hadn't realised how much stuff I was squirreling away. Some things I might keep, for sentimental reasons (or to open a tech museum at some point). 

My perfect-condition, boxed, all manuals and cables, Nokia 100 "Talkman" for example. Or the original Motorolla brick, complete with charger and cables. Sigh, I never realised I had turned into a hoarder :-( 

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 890848 6-Sep-2013 12:17
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  Reply # 890863 6-Sep-2013 12:33
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IIRC you're in Palmy - if so Molten Metals will take most stuff and save it from going to landfill. http://www.moltenmetals.co.nz/

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  Reply # 891087 6-Sep-2013 20:09
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Elpie: I've got a bit of a quandry. I am emigrating and leaving NZ soon, going to North America, and have power leads, cables, and assorted tech gear galore. All in excellent condition, some never used. What do you guys do to get rid of all this kind of stuff? I don't want to send it to landfill and am having trouble sorting out how to get it off to good homes. Any ideas? 

Anybody want anything? (Everything is going, including all home appliances - can't take so have to quit it all). 



Might I ask why you're moving there ? i've always wanted to work/live there (canada especially).
Jealous !

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  Reply # 891092 6-Sep-2013 20:19
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trademe is the best place. Divide them up into a few lots as some people may also not want a huge number of cables either.

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  Reply # 892076 9-Sep-2013 13:41
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Scrap metal dealer, you might get enough money to buy yourself a nice bottle of wine.



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  Reply # 892507 10-Sep-2013 08:55
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Kraven: IIRC you're in Palmy - if so Molten Metals will take most stuff and save it from going to landfill. http://www.moltenmetals.co.nz/


Ugh. Thanks for the heads up. The "ugh" was because its cost me $25 a pop to drop off old PCs for recycling with the city council facility. I still have a load more stuff to move out so will be visiting molten metals - cheers!



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  Reply # 892519 10-Sep-2013 09:14
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coolcat21:
Elpie: I've got a bit of a quandry. I am emigrating and leaving NZ soon, going to North America, and have power leads, cables, and assorted tech gear galore. All in excellent condition, some never used. What do you guys do to get rid of all this kind of stuff? I don't want to send it to landfill and am having trouble sorting out how to get it off to good homes. Any ideas? 

Anybody want anything? (Everything is going, including all home appliances - can't take so have to quit it all). 



Might I ask why you're moving there ? i've always wanted to work/live there (canada especially).
Jealous !


Don't be jealous about this particular move - its the move from hell!
We started toying with the idea of moving out of Palmerston North almost 18 months ago and spent the last year seriously hunting for opportunities in and around Auckland. We had a "when a job offer comes through, we are gone" plan but there was just nothing doing for us in NZ. My husband is French Canadian and his father is very ill so we idly discussed maybe moving over to be close to his family. This was mentioned in passing to a person in the US, who mentioned it to some people in Montreal, and next thing we know my husband is head-hunted. From time of initial contact to time of starting work in Montreal - six weeks. 

Most people plan moves for a few months. Adding immigration (for me), packing up and selling off items, arranging shipping, and selling our house = not possible in six weeks. So, he leaves tomorrow and starts work in a couple of days and I'm busy trying to get all the other stuff done. 

It's been a real adventure with the immigration process, learning about Canadian and Quebec taxes, and the horrible process needed for importing our personal possessions, not to mention sorting out what computer gear costs over there and whether its worth risking shipping our stuff. 

That said, Canadians aren't happy with their economy and the job market is pretty tough at the moment, but its still doing better than NZ and everything indicates that we are going to be better off in Canada than we are in NZ. 

If you are toying with the idea of trying it out and are under the age of 35, the International Experience Class visa is a great way to go. It gives Kiwis a year with an open work permit. With a full year of Canadian work experience you are then able to apply for a Canadian Experience Class permit. It's much easier to get work from inside Canada than it is from NZ and they seem to like Kiwis over there. 

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  Reply # 894896 12-Sep-2013 19:23
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coolcat21:
Elpie: I've got a bit of a quandry. I am emigrating and leaving NZ soon, going to North America, and have power leads, cables, and assorted tech gear galore. All in excellent condition, some never used. What do you guys do to get rid of all this kind of stuff? I don't want to send it to landfill and am having trouble sorting out how to get it off to good homes. Any ideas? 

Anybody want anything? (Everything is going, including all home appliances - can't take so have to quit it all). 



Might I ask why you're moving there ? i've always wanted to work/live there (canada especially).
Jealous !


Don't be jealous about this particular move - its the move from hell!
We started toying with the idea of moving out of Palmerston North almost 18 months ago and spent the last year seriously hunting for opportunities in and around Auckland. We had a "when a job offer comes through, we are gone" plan but there was just nothing doing for us in NZ. My husband is French Canadian and his father is very ill so we idly discussed maybe moving over to be close to his family. This was mentioned in passing to a person in the US, who mentioned it to some people in Montreal, and next thing we know my husband is head-hunted. From time of initial contact to time of starting work in Montreal - six weeks. 

Most people plan moves for a few months. Adding immigration (for me), packing up and selling off items, arranging shipping, and selling our house = not possible in six weeks. So, he leaves tomorrow and starts work in a couple of days and I'm busy trying to get all the other stuff done. 

It's been a real adventure with the immigration process, learning about Canadian and Quebec taxes, and the horrible process needed for importing our personal possessions, not to mention sorting out what computer gear costs over there and whether its worth risking shipping our stuff. 

That said, Canadians aren't happy with their economy and the job market is pretty tough at the moment, but its still doing better than NZ and everything indicates that we are going to be better off in Canada than we are in NZ. 

If you are toying with the idea of trying it out and are under the age of 35, the International Experience Class visa is a great way to go. It gives Kiwis a year with an open work permit. With a full year of Canadian work experience you are then able to apply for a Canadian Experience Class permit. It's much easier to get work from inside Canada than it is from NZ and they seem to like Kiwis over there. 


Yea I realized that Canada was hit with the recession as well. But as you pointed out, they're still doing better than us. And New Zealand is actually doing pretty well and bouncing back fast (esp in the tech sector)..and to say Canada is doing better means they're actually thriving.

 

Of course that's in the main cities (torontoa, montreal, vancouver etc.)

But what i'm most dreaming about is working and living in another culture.

 

I guess NZ is "another" culture since i'm from asia. I migrated here 11 years ago and western culture is basically my culture now. 

I'm wondering why you called it the "move from hell" though ? Are you dreading the winter temps there ?

 

I think it'll be lovely! It'll be cold yea but it'll snow too! but less humid and windy.

 

A more polite culture too! and you have the sports , and lots of tv shows are filmed there too. 

aahh.

I'm 22 currently , working full time in the I.T. industry (website developer), so godwilling i still have lotsa time for this. 
I'll definitely research about that International Experience Class you mentioned. 

Are you saying that after 1 year of the IEC , I can apply for CEC which is permanent ? or what's the difference ?

 

As for getting a job from inside canada....that's a goner...since i know zero people there :D ......i'll have to search for a tech company that's desperately looking for people....but that's not gonna go well since more people are looking haha.



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  Reply # 895352 13-Sep-2013 16:47
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coolcat21: 
I'm wondering why you called it the "move from hell" though ? Are you dreading the winter temps there ? I think it'll be lovely! It'll be cold yea but it'll snow too! but less humid and windy. A more polite culture too! and you have the sports , and lots of tv shows are filmed there too. 


It's the move from hell for me because everything has happened so quickly and my husband has had to go on ahead, leaving me to sort, pack, organise and sell up. Moving house within one city is tough enough, moving between cities is harder. Moving between countries is sheer hell, especially when immigration is thrown into the mix and everything needs to be done quickly. Most people have time to plan and organise. We didn't get that. 

Everything you need to know about Canada's International Experience class program is here: http://www.international.gc.ca/experience/index.aspx

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  Reply # 895379 13-Sep-2013 17:45
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How do things go with your puppy? Do they go into quarantine?

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It would be cool to start a parts Exchange. I have bags full of unwanted cables and don't know what to do with them! Seems stupid to spend $10 at DSE for something i don't even want. Lol I have so many American IEC leads I'm saving them up for the copper. Got about 50KG so far :p







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  Reply # 895414 13-Sep-2013 19:07
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blakamin: How do things go with your puppy? Do they go into quarantine?


Nope, no quarantine. An export certificate for NZ is needed though. I'm a bit worried about taking her to be honest. Montreal is not a dog friendly city and has limited areas for walking dogs. Apartment living will be difficult for her (and us) but we will manage. The biggest worry is that a dog just needs to connect with human skin and it is destroyed with no recourse. Our dog is really cute and people are always rushing her, wanting to pat. If they do that over there it will freak me out as it risks her life. 

I love our dog to bits and it would break my heart if anything happened. We just invested several thousands of dollars on her for training so hope this will help. 



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  Reply # 895416 13-Sep-2013 19:08
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Zeon: It would be cool to start a parts Exchange. I have bags full of unwanted cables and don't know what to do with them! Seems stupid to spend $10 at DSE for something i don't even want. Lol I have so many American IEC leads I'm saving them up for the copper. Got about 50KG so far :p


I agree. I've accumulated a lot of gear and would love to be able to pass it on to people who can use it. 

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