"IT Equipment x19 *Spares or Repairs*"

As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with…19 pieces of IT equipment.
Each piece of IT had a probable fault.
Each probable fault was unconfirmed.

“Although I can’t guarantee anything in terms of the working condition, I have included the information I believe might be the case. All of the items are in good physical condition. Not all of the items are shown in the picture (as noted).
Included in this sale
1x Mouse (PS2)
Probably works.
2x Qwerty Keyboard
Probably work.
1x Powered Desktop Speakers
Probably work. PSU present.”

‘Probably’, a word so full of hope. But also potential treachery!

“2x A4 Desktop Scanner (one not shown)
May or may not work.”

What are they? Schrödinger’s flatbeds?

“1x Paper/CD/DVD Shredder (not shown)
Doesn’t power-up.”

That’d be a box, rather than a shredder then, unless it has a hand-crank of some kind?

“6x CRT Monitor (from 15-19″)
One definately doesn’t work but it’s quite possible the rest do.”

6 large and probably quite heavy monitors that quite possibly work?
I’m not liking these odds.

“3x PC Unit (1x Tower & 2x Desktop)
Hard drives removed for security reasons but most of the expected internal components are present. DVD ROM Drives and CDRW Drives present.”

‘most’ of the ‘expected’ internal components?
And how many unexpected internal components do you think we’d find in there?

“3x Desktop Printer
One definitely works. Drivers, Cables, PSU and Ink Cartridges included but prints slightly skewed. Others may or may not work. Drivers, Cables, PSU’s and Ink Cartridges present to some extent.”

Oh goody, 1 wonky deskjet. That’s the deal clincher, right there.

“Note: All items must be collected, whether working or not.”

If you’d tipped your binmen at Christmas I’m sure that wouldn’t have been a problem.

Mice, speakers, keyboard, scanners,
Shredders, monitors, cases, printers…
How many are being picked up from St. Ives?

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  • Feral Techie
    February 28, 2011 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    All of these are things I’ve seen on my local freecycle group (though they’re always said to be working there, and usually they are).

  • GigerPunk
    February 28, 2011 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    I’ve got no problem with freecycle, at least people aren’t trying to fleece others for cash with that.
    Just wish I hadn’t freecycled my old boxed Amiga. Why did I do that?

  • Feral Techie
    February 28, 2011 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got no problem with freecycle either. But if people are offering stuff there, that’s probably an indication that there isn’t much of a market for it. Even for 20 quid. (Which he failed to get, and has re-listed.)

    • GigerPunk
      February 28, 2011 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Good point.
      Be interesting to note when he finally gives up on thinking that pile of stuff is worth £20 (minus ebay/paypal fees) and decides either to take it to the tip himself or freecycle it.
      Freecycle is a ‘free local pickup’ service too, after all.

  • Feral Techie
    February 28, 2011 - 2:51 pm | Permalink

    For old and clapped-out computers it’s not as good as Chavcycle. (Leave the kit by your front wall/gate/whatever. Stick a note on it: “£20, apply within”. Wait ten minutes. Who needs dustmen?)

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