<strong>9. Cathode Ray Tubes</strong>
In the United States, the venerable 'boob tube' has all but disappeared from offices, living rooms, and retail shelves. Yet more than 90 million CRTs were sold last year, says [[xref:http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/crt-recycle.html|an MIT report|CRTs going down the tubes? Hardly]]--almost all of them to Asia and Latin America.
Why? Because they are both durable and cheap, and--guess what?--they still offer higher-quality pictures than LCDs and plasma sets, [[xref:http://www.displaymate.com/crts.html|according to the image calibration experts at DisplayMate|DisplayMate CRT Advantages and Disadvantages]]. Also in high demand: old, discarded CRTs, because their lead-lined glass is needed for manufacturing new ones.