http://www.thinkgeek.com/blog/2011/03/t ... hings.htmlThinkGeek wrote: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:
1. 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.)
2. We hope you'll send us photos and updates on projects--we want to see our liddle things all growed up!
3. 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.
I've taken the liberty of signing up on behalf of the benheck.com forums! i signed up for it to be billed and shipped to my UPS account and i will share anything i get with the community basically at cost, so you would pay what it costs me to ship it to you. I encourage anybody else in other (read: beyond reasonable shipping range of iowa, USA) regions to read through the links and sign up to help our community! Spread the love, and the broken stuff!
You can check out the form here and if you decide to sign up, post in this thread! sign up with the group name being "benheck.com forums" and website of course "forums.benheck.com"
questions? comments? suggestions? lets hear em!