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Re: [school-discuss] How to buy fleets?
Hi, Kevin: I wonder if you've considered working with the universities
around the country? Almost all, if not most, have a recycling center
for computers that are not recycled within the university, and are
available for purchase by the public. The pricing seems to be somewhere
upwards of $75 for PIII's at the University of Nevada-Reno, for
example. I recently picked up a Dell Optiplex GX110, 384Mb RAM, 20Gb
HD, PIII, intel810 video, sound, usb, 19" Viewsonic monitor, keyboard,
mouse for $85. It's my impression that you'll find recycling of fleets
is highly likely going on at some of the universities. Maybe I'm wrong
It might be worth checking around, and possibly setting up a system that
lets you get first crack at outgoing computers (maybe even at a
On Fri, 2005-04-29 at 16:43, Kevin Shira wrote:
> This may be slightly off-topic, but I think it's a question we've all
> pondered. With school budgets what they are, how can we mimic the
> private sector and buy computers by the fleet?
> If you singlehandedly manage dozens of different hardware/software
> configurations (as I do), you spend all your time putting out fires.
> But if I could manage a fleet or two, I'd have time to do important
> things - like write code, upgrade network infrastructure, and educate
> Our district buys a few computers every year. There's got to be a way
> to buy a lot of computers every few years. But financing in our state
> (California) makes it seemingly impossible, except in the largest districts.
> The only thing I've thought of is going the refurb route - but that
> still doesn't allow for the number of machines I'd like. Plus, with new
> machines going for under $500, there's got to be another way.
> Any ideas?
> Kevin Shira
> Computer Technician
> Oak Hill Elementary: (916) 338-6460
> Dudley Elementary: (916) 338-6470