[hackerspaces] Thinkgeek wants to get rid of some junk…..

Lokkju Brennr lokkju at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 19:23:08 CEST 2011

I've submitted BrainSilo, and I'm thinking that with ThinkGeek to hold
up as an example, I'll approach some of the Silicon Forest crowd as
well.  Who wouldn't like some broken FLIR gear?
But seriously, it's always bothered me the amount of crap companies
throw away that we could all use.  Luckily, I'm in a state where
dumpster diving is legal - but it is still *way* frowned on by both
police and companies.


On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM, Nils Hitze <nhitze at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks Buddy,
> i love the idea, but since i don't know how much it will cost us to
> ship stuff to Germany i will, in adition, ask our local
> Electronic-Sellers if they can't do something like this for us here.
> So shipping will be much cheaper and we don't have to ruin our CO2
> Footprint by shipping broken electronics around the world.
> Kind regards and thanks for sharing
> Nils Hitze
> Dorkbot Munich
> 2011/3/31 Buddy Smith <buddy.smith at ieee.org>:
>> https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dGs0V3dKTjdKT1JJa0wyZWNQbkRIU3c6MQ#gid=0
>> Or, http://thinkgeek.com/blog/2011/03/take-these-broken-things.html?cpg=fb
>> Quote:
>> We have a problem. And it's growing at a rate proportional to our return pile.
>> We can't, in good conscience, resell damaged electronics. And we can't
>> donate them to charity--the saddest kid in the world is one with a
>> handheld video game that won't turn on. Garbage, then? Not good for
>> the environment.
>> Luckily for us, there's an entire class of scavengers out there ready
>> to pick the bones of our helicopters, keyboards, and interactive
>> t-shirts: hackers, makers, and crafty techy types.
>> Whether it's in a school's technology lab, or a FIRST Robotics team,
>> or your neighborhood hackerspace, we're betting somebody out there
>> would enjoy getting a box of broken stuff from us every couple of
>> months--and then use the parts and pieces for good, not evil.
>> While we can't promise anything right now, we're very seriously
>> considering setting up such a subscription and we're ready to gather
>> contact information from those who are interested. Sign up below and
>> we'll see where this goes!
>> A few notes and caveats:
>> By filling out the form, you vow to make something awesome and you
>> won't be a jerk and sell our borked things on eBay. (We'll be
>> watching.)
>> We hope you'll send us photos and updates on projects--we want to see
>> our liddle things all growed up!
>> Our warehouse is in Columbus, Ohio, and groups in that area that can
>> pick up boxes are ideal, but we'll work out some shipping options for
>> others. (It would help enormously if you can pick up the tab.)
>> International hackers, we'll see, but it could be very expensive to
>> ship to you.
>> --buddy
>> PS: I am not affiliated with thinkgeek. I signed up on behalf of
>> Freeside ATL, though. (Freesiders take note, we've been signed up)
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