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Old 11-17-2007, 01:22 AM
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Red face Bit off more than I can chew???

Well, I think I've done it this time... I wanted to try my hands at something different, so I decided to bid on a computer lot disposed of by the federal government. I went into the office a few weeks back and, after quickly reviewing the list of items, I put in a bid for $750 (which I thought would be very low for what was offered). So, when the deadline came and went, I tossed all my paperwork and moved on like I'd expected to.

When I'd actually forgotten about the whole thing, I received a voicemail message today telling me that I'd won the bid, and that I had to pay today, and pick-up the stuff NLT Monday afternoon. What??? Anyway, I scrambled to get a truck big enough to transport all that stuff (I'll describe it below) and bring it to my garage (my wife isn't too impressed with the idea).

Now, you have to keep in mind that the place I have to drive to is 300 kms away, so 600 kms return, and that the truck is costing me about $350 for the day (mileage is killing me).

But anyway, I'll tell you what's in the lot, and I'd like to hear your thoughts and suggestions to dispose of all of this!

Here we go:

1 x 3M Projector MP8755
4 x Blackberry 6750/7750
8 x Compaq EVO/DeskPro
1 x iPaq 3850
3 x Dell Optiplex GX1
1 x HP LaserJet 5N
1 x HP LaserJet 8000
1 x NEC Versa Lxi
5 x Northern Micro K-7V
2 x PalmPilot Palm 5
2 x Sidus PC
9 x Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600
1 x Toshiba Portégé M400
36 x Philips CRT Monitors (17" & 19")

And lots more.

HELP???
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Old 11-17-2007, 01:35 AM
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I would break it all down into smaller lots and sell it off on ebay.

The Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600 (which you list 9 of) go for anywhere $150-$300 (US dollars) on the web right now. Lets say you get $200 a peice for just those 9, thats $1800 right there.

Of course you could also take those 9 toshibas since they are the exact same and build out a neat little 9 system cluster (for no real reason of course.) It would be a lot of fun though. I did something similar, I have 6 laptops on a little rack (sitting like a hutch on my desk.) They are clustered using openMosix on gentoo linux. Anything I dont want wasting my cpu/ram on my desktop I just run on that (think bittorrent, random scripts, other processing tasks that can just run in the background.)

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Old 11-17-2007, 02:59 AM
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I buy the laserjet 8000. HEHE (Well not really... wife would shot me)

I love the older hp laserjets. You can get all the parts fairly cheap and you can easily take the whole thing apart and back together in a few hours.

Those CRT's normally run from $20 to $40 a piece depending on how old they are, so 38 by say $30 is $1140. You made a great profit just selling the monitors and 9 Satellites.
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how much for the blackburry 7750. Would take it if it works with nextel.
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:02 AM
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Raed,

I have no idea if it would work with NexTel in CT (maybe someone could enlighten us).

I'll get the lot on Monday afternoon, inspect it, and I'll be able to better inform you about what kind of shape it's in, as well as what accessories are included.

Steve
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Hello,

Please let me know what condition and how much for 1 of the Palm PDA.

Thanks
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:43 AM
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Sure thing Mark. I'll check it out on Monday, and get back to you soon afterwards.

Steve
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:53 PM
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greggh,

The small lot idea sounds interesting. I'm just a bit concerned with the shipping weight/cost. I think that may turn off a lot of eBayers.

Man! That's quite the cluster setup you have! I think it's really neat, but not really for me... \

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You just have to price it right so the shipping costs dont kill the price, but you still make enough profit to be happy. If you arent greedy with the actual sale price (reserve,) then it shouldnt be much of an issue.

As for the cluster, you would be suprised at what you can find to do with them.
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Old 11-21-2007, 03:54 AM
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Well, I'm done sorting through the mountain of stuff. I had to scrap at least 8 desktops because their specs were too low (i.e. PII & PIII in very bad cases). I only salvaged the RAM, cables and optical drives from those.

All the laptops are in good shape aside from minor stuff like small scratches, and a couple of latches that don't lock.

The iPaq 3850 has a dead screen (white screen problem). I soft and hard-reset it without success.

I haven't tested the 3M projector or laser printers yet.

More to follow...

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