Boeing Surplus Closing... for the better...........
g-wright at att.net
g-wright at att.net
Wed Oct 3 01:40:26 CDT 2007
-------------- Original message from Richard <legalize at xmission.com>: --------------
> IMO, its Boeing's store and they can pack it up and ship it to the
> moon if they want to.
> Instead of trying to *stop* the closure of the store, IMO it would be
> better to lobby for a one-time fire sale "everything must go!" event
> with big discounts.
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I have been going there almost daily, since the early 70's. when you could buy
Aircraft fasteners, computer hardware, test gear, and anything in between.
PDP 8a's where 25.00 and PDP 11's where 45.00. if it was a large rack
system, just name your price. ( I have 3 PDP 11/60's, 5 racks each)
The store has been going down hill ever since. Most of the good stuff
never makes it to surplus.
In the past 5 years, only "Boeing has beens" have worked there. I have heard
that the system has 175 employees.
Over the years this has just been a monkey on Boeings back and they
*never* should have been involve in a retail business. They staff this with people
that could only function in a Boeing Mold. These folks should never been
involved with the public. The folks that did care and wanted to help where stopped
by the turf wars and Boeing policy.
I tried over the year to at least slow down the trashing of vintage items.
No one cared. You could go in there and see carcass of vintage items.
They would only put out what would sell quickly. Lately I found 7
HP suite cases with HP 79xx Alignment tools and packs. They where
empty. They could get 25.00 for the suite cases. So they trashed
They love to sell 3 ring binders for .25 each. If you watched closely
there where 100's of DEC, HP, Cray, TEK, Sun, Motorola binders from the
70's and 80's. covering both computers and test gear. All empty.
As for really good test gear, that was offered up to a local company first
and what was left went to the store. I could go further on this but won't.
As for the things that this "list" would be interested in. They had what they
called pre-sort. if it was newer and/or sold quickly, send it to the store, if not
scrap it. They would set out DEC and Data General systems, empty. They
could sell the boards by the pound and did not have to worry about
I saw some Dumb terminals (VT100) setting in the back this summer and asked
to make sure the came out to the store. I was told its was easier to scrap them.
No TEK or Dumb terminals would be brought out to the retail store.
They have a large amount of old computer boards going trough there
each month. all go to scrap.
You can go in there on a Saturday morning and see 7 to 10 $60,000.00
a year employees setting around drinking coffee and talking to one another
with out any care about the customer. How much surplus do you have to
sell to cover one Saturday
In the last couple of years they basicly have been watching 10-15 ebay
sellers that are at the front door each day and catered to them. Putting
everthing out first thing and then sat back and watched the rush when
the door opened.
The best thing that could happen is for the company to put everything in lot
bids so someone, that at least cares a little, has the items.
As for the fire sale, everyone is headed for the door. Through the 1st of the
year all Boeing employees only have 6 to 8 weeks left to work. So I would
just wait for the first lot bids and follow the winner home.
Just my .02 cents worth
g-wrigtht at att.net
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