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Where to buy used computers (colleges/hospitals)

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Where to buy used computers (colleges/hospitals)

Hi,

I searched the forum and couldn't find much information about this. I was wondering where I can purchase computers that were previously used in universities, colleges or hospitals in the Vancouver. I tried contacting several places via email through general inquiries but I haven't received any replies.

Thanks in advance.
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IT at my place used to sell 2-3 year old computers to staff for really cheap, $20-50, which was great, but then people started calling in to ask for IT's help with those computers.
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See the dell refurbished thread in hot deals
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Due to privacy issues, a lot of places, especially hospitals and public institutions, no longer sell off their older hardware. If they do, I'd expect them to come without hard drives or RAM.
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Since Hospitals and other government agencies are public entities I the think their policy is that they are not allowed to sell equipment to the employees. Public perception would be government buys expensive equipment only to sell it cheap to the employees. This wouldn't be fair for the average taxpayer.

Buy Dell re-furb. I think they come with a limited warranty as well.
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Maybe public auctions as well. Hopefully they come with NO hard drives as one poster above already mentioned.
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Colleges sell equipment first too students/employees. I don't know about hospitals, but I would hope that they would be discarded instead of being sold.
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Companies like ReBoot Canada have arrangements with corporations. ReBoot cleans the computers and sells them on to community organizations etc.
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Look for a charity organization that is embedded in your local hospitals. In NS, there is an organization called Partners for Care, and they handle all of the surplus computers for the hospitals, and will sell to the public if you contact them. Expect no Hard drive.
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I can understand no hard drives if they are SSD but if they are mechanical why don't they just DBAN them. I wonder what they do with the hard drives if they don't sell them with the computers.
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Know of a hospital who sold their old computers to employees, tower+monito+kb+mouse for cheap, but came with no HDD.
singhrh wrote: Since Hospitals and other government agencies are public entities I the think their policy is that they are not allowed to sell equipment to the employees. Public perception would be government buys expensive equipment only to sell it cheap to the employees. This wouldn't be fair for the average taxpayer.

Buy Dell re-furb. I think they come with a limited warranty as well.
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Brian79 wrote: I can understand no hard drives if they are SSD but if they are mechanical why don't they just DBAN them. I wonder what they do with the hard drives if they don't sell them with the computers.
probably destroy them due to the potential sensitive info on them.

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