Rare Apples, eBay, Goodwill
David H. Barr
dhbarr at gmail.com
Wed Mar 23 15:14:15 CST 2005
Jim Leonard wrote:
> Chad Fernandez wrote:
> > monitors than cpus. Thinking about it now, I gave Goodwill about 3 or 4
> > printers last year, but no cpus. They do have cpus sometimes, but
> > they're usually old store bought PC's or very old no name PCs, or older
> > Macs. I haven't seen a Microchannel PS/2 or an Apple // in a long time.
> With all this talk of Goodwill (and thank you for educating me, guys!), I
> decided to check one out. They had lots of computer equipment on the shelves,
What you see there is what is unsellable, usually. The "good stuff"
is typically snatched up on the same day it is donated, leaving trash
on the shelves. This is why I attempt to visit all 11 of my stores on
at least a monthly basis to tell them what to mark down and what to
toss out. Obviously I'm not always successful.
And those "trash PC's" are what I run the company systems on. I
figured it was better to do it that way and get $5 licenses from
techsoup (Microsoft for nonprofits) than to pay exorbitant fees to
Dell, MS, HP, etc. pentium1 and below get turned into routers or
scrap, anything below 500mhz gets turned into a lab terminal, and
everything better gets put on someone's desk. If there's a complete
system with manuals, software, and peripherals I try to do a fresh
install and sell it at one of the stores, or on eBay.
Trying desparately to bring this back on topic: what do you think a
fair price would be for a 14 or 15" monitor? What about keyboards,
mice, assorted cords, old software? I know someone mentioned a "price
guide" at about $20 a pop; I'll try and include a few of those on next
years' budget. I guess since -you- are the most likely people to buy
this sort of thing, how much would you be willing to pay?
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