Best place for an .edu to get money back for used equipment?

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Best place for an .edu (school/college) to get money back for used equipment?
Keeping in mind all the politics, pretty sure eBay is not an option lol
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I don't understand why ebay would be a problem and how politics come into this?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Truly, most used stuff does not have a lot of value. So I suggest you determine about using eBay. eBay is not political; it is just a buy / sell clearing house.
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Depends if it's a for or non profit school.  If it's a for profit school the equipment could be donated and then the receipt be used as a tax write off.

I can see how eBay might be an issue with the regulation of setting up a PayPal account then having somebody look over it.  Might be tempting to bleed some of the money off.

Another way would be to send the equipment to scrap and collect the money that way.
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eBay itself isn't political, but it's the politics of the school administering the account and money that is.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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If the money angle is a problem, then donating the equipment is a good answer. We donate old computer from a not-for-profit I work with. We remove and destroy hard drives first.

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Thanks. I personally have no problem with eBay but that leads to something else to be "overseen" and potential for "bleed off" like you said. Also more time and resources. Right now we put it all in a pile and get paid by weight. I have seen private sector places sell to places like Vology. Not sure if that would fly here but was looking for more companies like Vology that work with .edu (Colleges)

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Do yard sales. Offer students to cheaply buy the equipment.

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Like the auction, sell to students idea. Was looking more for a company to haul away for more than we currently have (we get paid by weight).

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