Victor: Any donation requests, we need to do due diligence to make sure it's a valid org. Anyone can make a website. We should investigate with IRS/state of IL to see if they really exist. Also need a letter, not an email, on their letterhead.
Janet: Usually people come and talkto CC to answer any questions.
Victor: Assuming it's legit, we wouldn't have a problem with donating this stuff, would we?
Gabriel: Only thing, if they have an issue with a cable can we make them give it back rather than throwing in the trash? Responsible recycling.
Janet: My understanding is, just cables, this might be something that they'll discard, demanufacturing, etc. They don't want them for setup/business purposes at this point.
Victor: If I'm reading this correctly, he's asking for procedure. I think we need to come up with guidelines to put on the website about donation requests.
Victor: When there's a donation request it should go to CC.
1. Dan: There should be a sign outside on the emergency exit saying "Emergency Exit, do not block" We'd need to talk to building management.
Victor: When I see it my impression is that it is good to go. If they're not sure, then it might be bad for relations. Keep them for people who want to learn about laptops, but selling something, that doesn't work then it's bad PR.
Jason: it should say, "for parts."
Dan We have a whole lot of laptops already. The laptops we're talking about, it's not worth our time to work on instead of other laptops we have that are worth working on for sale.
Dan ctd: We don't need any more low end, old laptops even for training - we have plenty of those too. The other option for these laptops is send them away for recycling at 20 cents per lb. It seemed like a good idea to sell them as-is, for parts or to take a gamble on. More money for FGC, give people an opportunity to try out working on a laptop and/or let them have the parts they might need to fix a laptop they already have.
Dan ctd: The Apple laptops under discussion are just too darn old to be worth doing anything with, and have no batteries, don't know if they can turn on, etc. Purely for parts. The non-Apple computers are known to turn on, have non-broken screen, have some RAM, and have a wiped hard drive. Beyond that, it would be up to the buyer to fix it further as needed, add OS, get a working battery, etc.