was it replaced by the exact same thing, just newer?
because if it was...like in the magazine example--getting rid of old makeup...of course you'll replace it and it should count.
I agree with Amy. Also, if it's shoes that you wear often they're just worn out and have been (or should be replaced) I say it counts. I am the QUEEN of buying a new pair but hanging on to the old ones "in case I don't like the new ones as much" even if the old ones are literally falling apart and are not wearable any longer!