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!
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I love broken stuff 🙂
Now, I assume you dont plan on giving out to private people, I am currently abroad, but as of september I will be back in the netherlands and with the help of some friends am planning to start a hackspace in Maastricht.
Now, the question just is: “How broken is broke?” … becouse it makes no sense spending more on shipping than you would on the itams. We would have to find some sort of agreement, on shipping costs vs actual value of the stuff.
(but I sort of trust that you guys know how to destinguish between broken and hackable and fucked up beyond all use :-D)
Anyway send me an e-mail – also I am currently within travelling distance of NYC and will hopefully visit the city a couple of times this summer, so I may be able to physically pick some stuff up.