October 24th, 2003, 09:57 AM
I remember attending a military base auction once a few years back... the auction was broken up into lots, one lot in particular I was checking out listed at <$500 and included the following items:
~20 XTS-300 tempest form factor systems, perhaps two years old at the time, their price new is ~$80,000 _EACH_.
About $200,000 (as is) worth of assorted RF test equipment.
A few office furniture items (a desk, a few chairs, and such)
And then... two 50 gallon drums of mystery substance that you needed to pay to dispose of.
Now I can't even comprehend what must have been in these drums, that 100 gallons makes up for the over a third of a million dollars.
So... cheap computers, but ya better read the fine print.
October 24th, 2003, 10:22 AM
I think it cool to go on the scrapheap!
Lots of stuff to find there cuz people here recycle their stuff, it nice and not so messy!
But you dont find many rounded IDE cables there! =P
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October 24th, 2003, 05:50 PM
I like to go dumpster diving to get boxes to build club houses........just kidding....wanted to add a little levity.
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October 26th, 2003, 12:59 AM
You can trywww.pricewatch.com.They usually have a source of sites and they compare the prices when you search for products to.
October 26th, 2003, 08:19 AM
Since this thread is already here, I thought I would list my haul that I picked up recently:
3x standard pci video cards
5x cd-rom drives
2x ps-2 keyboards
1x old keyboard (I forgot what they were called)
8x windows mice
2x apple mice
3x apple keyboards
Apple Quatra sys
3x systems of various speeds uneer 500 mhz
many power cables
5x data switches/printer switches
10x p3-p2 processors
A few full sets of solaris 5
4x 5-7 g harddrives
An old laptop (that looks like one of the laptops in Hackers)
and one of those things that you use to project what is on you monitor over an overhead projector. You know those things that they had before projectors.
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October 26th, 2003, 04:25 PM
as touched on before your place of work can be a good place to get needed parts etc
even if your not working as tech support just get chating to them - show a little bit of computer knowledge....offer to help them out with little bits and pieces and your set
our work is about to replace all machines and I should be walking away with a couple of complete systems - woohoo!!!
one thing tho 90% of the time most machines you get will not have cd-drives (computers being used as terminals may not have them so that people cannot bring in and instal their own software) so always keep a spare cd-rom drive lying around
these I've found can be picked up from the likes of cash-convertor for about £8
November 1st, 2003, 03:22 PM
Another great idea there Val..
I carn't wait until some of the Computer Shops in my area have there Throw Out the old Stuff Day.
This time i'm prepared, i will be parked behind the shop in anticipation. So when they start to haul there old stuff out to the Dumpster i will be waiting with my stun gun.
Once i've disabled the enemy, i will safely pack up my car with all the Goodies and drive home.
'And start my evil plan to take Over Bill Gates Home Computer..
I only need another 500 Machines and i should be ready for this Suicide Mission..
Or maybe i should just send him some Viagra with he's own Credit Card like that Cracker did awhile back..
November 5th, 2003, 10:50 PM
I'm surprized that no one has mentioned thrift stores! I have found numerous good deals on computers there......including a 266mhz (IIRC) Pentium MMX computer that works great...
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November 6th, 2003, 10:32 PM
interesting ideas...perhaps you could also try call centres..around where i live large companies update their computers at regular intervals(rich bastards) however they are generous enough to give you their old and no longer needed stuff.Just smile and ask nicely and usually you will walk away one happy reciever... i guess some rich people are giving..yey to them i say..
November 7th, 2003, 06:23 PM
I'll give the "calling computer retailers for their "trash"" a try. I heard that one was throwing out a Windows XP for some reason. Don't know why. Probably missing the motherboard or a drive or something.