What do companies do with old stock?


2014-03-16 9:51 pm
Just curious about a few things really, anyone know anything?

For example, I have 2 old Yamaha YST-SW800's that have blown backplates, no one here in the UK can be bothered to repair them as they most probably will blow again within 12 months.... I phoned Yamaha here and all they said was, NO, we no longer repair that as it is "old" so it got me thinking, all the old stock they had left for this model, once they decided to no longer repair them, are the parts just destroyed? I have looked online and found nothing as in getting a spare amplifier output stage, yet, I had a Parasound Halo C2 that went bad but I found the power pcb board with a company from China (of all places) installed it once I had it arrive, that was 7 years ago and it is still going strong, Parasound was amazed when I told them that I tracked down the part.

So, can I literally find this part, if, 1, Yamaha may have sold old stock to a 3rd party company? Or is it most likely been destroyed?

Sad really companies over here in the UK are no longer repairing goods at the component level and instead just swapping out whole boards.

However!!! IF ANYONE from the USA is reading this, or somewhere else and who can repair such backplates please let me know here or in a message (however that works, do not want to break any forum rules)

Any knowledge will be greatly apreciated! :):):)
Parts are mostly sold, except when there are trade secrets in the parts, then they are stored or destroyed.

And often when a device goes out of production, the remaining stock is sold at very low prices. I bought a new tube amp at 1/4 of the listprice direct from the brand's office (not that far from where i live) because it was out of production and they needed to clear their warehouses...
We used to crush boards, destroy perfectly good transformers and place everything else in a container that crushed it all together.
It is to stop others from using the spares.
When it comes to old stock components, laser assemblies were crushed along with the other stuff, resistors capacitors etc.
There was a security guy there to watch over it.

They are repairable. The power supply normally fails.

Contact me for more information if you would like an estimate.
We used to crush boards, destroy perfectly good transformers and place everything else in a container that crushed it all together. It is to stop others from using the spares.

I worked at a Motorola factory where we built two way radios for fire and police. Spare parts were kept in stock for 10 years by contract and sold to authorized dealers and large municipal contract holders only. You and I could not buy these parts. All other excess material was destroyed to prevent someone building up (possibly inferior quality) product from these parts, or using them to perform unauthorized upgrades.

The policy was similar when we made cell phones.....until they started making them at Foxconn in China. After a year or so you could buy a Motorola Razr phone on Ebay for $39. I got one, and had Mot scan it for a serial number. There was none, no IMEI either, but pop in an AT&T SIM and it worked just fine, my wife used it for several years. This had to be excess, and possibly scrap inventory at Foxconn that wound up on the grey market.

I have a 5 year old ASUS laptop that has convinced me never to buy their products again. When the keyboard died last year, ASUS would not sell me one.....but Amazon did. It came direct ship from China for under $20. I expected a pullout from a recycled machine, but it was a brand new keyboard and it looks to be of better quality then the original.