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Title: Hardware for cheap through liquidation auctions?
Post by: bitcoin0918 on June 11, 2011, 04:50:00 AM
I occasionally come across ridiculously low prices on software/hardware when browsing local liquidation auctions - e.g. a couple copies of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 selling for a few dollars, which could then be flipped on eBay for several hundred (assuming the licenses weren't used).

I have my eye on a low-level Radeon at a local consignment auction that is currently selling for a couple dollars. I know there is a risk that it doesn't work, but if the investment is small, so is the loss. :D

Has anyone scored anything with this route?


Title: Re: Hardware for cheap through liquidation auctions?
Post by: Skunkworks on June 11, 2011, 04:55:40 AM
I got thousands (to tens of thousands) in hardware for a couple hundred when my local circuit city liquidated a couple years back. Mind you most of this stuff was stuff that wasn't selling otherwise, high current 12V PSUs, huge runs of CAT5 or RG6, cash registers and other POS stuff, etc

The day after it closed they invited me in to take whatever I wanted free before the garbage crew came in, I ended up with a ton (actually a few tons) of random electrical crap, some of which I sold as scrap.


Title: Re: Hardware for cheap through liquidation auctions?
Post by: bitcoin0918 on June 11, 2011, 04:58:09 AM
I know others who likewise benefited from Circuit City's demise. I can't wait for Best Buy to go down - then their prices will finally be reasonable!  ;D


Title: Re: Hardware for cheap through liquidation auctions?
Post by: bullox on June 11, 2011, 05:29:25 AM
Honestly you'd have to be very lucky to find radeons and the like in these.

However, older towers in a junk pile somewhere might be a treasure trove for mining operations.  Mining activities really do not require almost anything as far as hard drive space, motherboard specs, processor specs, or RAM.  Old discarded stuff is a great candidate for a rig.  And hey, free case  ;)


Title: Re: Hardware for cheap through liquidation auctions?
Post by: tito13kfm on June 11, 2011, 05:40:09 AM
Honestly you'd have to be very lucky to find radeons and the like in these.

However, older towers in a junk pile somewhere might be a treasure trove for mining operations.  Mining activities really do not require almost anything as far as hard drive space, motherboard specs, processor specs, or RAM.  Old discarded stuff is a great candidate for a rig.  And hey, free case  ;)

What's a case?

http://imgur.com/gOrJH

Doesn't everybody run their motherboard on top of a cardboard box with a tube of carmex and a spliced xbox360 fan to promote better cooling?


Title: Re: Hardware for cheap through liquidation auctions?
Post by: eturnerx on June 11, 2011, 05:46:11 AM
I'm looking at a bunch of cheap ex-lease machines for rigs. Just gotta check the power supply is up to it, they have PCIe slots I can use and I can fit a card in the case.