Avoid The Junk How To Get Quality Used Computers


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  • I need to find an image or two for this transition page as well. My Flickr Creative Commons pages were loading really slowly today. I’ll search over the weekend.
  • I need to find an image or two for this transition page as well. My Flickr Creative Commons pages were loading really slowly today. I’ll search over the weekend.
  • Good visual – can use this slide to show what this program’s all about: keeping computers out of landfills getting them into the hands of organizations & individuals that really need them
  • The useful life of tier one computing hardware is in excess of eight years. Given that enterprise lifecycles typically range from 3-5 years, every undamaged technology asset will have a long secondary life, even after residual market value has fallen to virtually zero. Enterprise planners will find extending amortization periods beyond three years yields materially lower monthly costs, and many large organizations have extended lifecycles as a result. Note that the IRS allows for five year depreciation of computing hardware. Organizations that idle equipment during the first two-thirds of the lifecycle will find that refurbishment and reuse are highly effective alternatives to purchasing new, and can provide substantial savings in the form of deferred procurement. Longer lifecycles also amortize the environmental overhead of original manufacture, and final recycling, over a longer period, thereby reducing the environmental impact of the asset at any point in time.
  • Avoid The Junk How To Get Quality Used Computers

    1. 1. Avoid the Junk: How to Get Quality Used Computers Audio is only available by calling this number: Conference Call: 866-740-1260 Access Code: 6339392 Sponsored by
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    3. 3. You are being recorded… <ul><li>This seminar will be available on the TechSoup website along with past webinar presentations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.techsoup.org/go/webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You will receive a link to this presentation, material and links. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask follow-up questions in the Hardware Forum: http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/forums/p/29844/105345.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter hashtag: #techsoup </li></ul>
    4. 4. Presenters: Jim Lynch, TechSoup Matthew Halden, TechSoup Lisa Gunsauley, Redemtech Avoid the Junk: How to Get Quality Used Computers Sponsored by
    5. 5. Today’s Speakers Answering chat questions: Andres Galves and Kevin Lo, TechSoup Becky Wiegand TechSoup Jim Lynch GreenTech Initiative Matthew Halden Refurbished Computer Initiative Lisa Gunsauley Redemtech
    6. 6. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>TechSoup and Refurbishment </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Case </li></ul><ul><li>8 Tips for Choosing a Refurbisher </li></ul><ul><li>TechSoup’s RCI Program </li></ul><ul><li>Redemtech’s Example </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and Q&A </li></ul>
    7. 7. TechSoup’s Refurbishment Mission
    8. 8. Our Refurbishment Mission <ul><li>“A well-developed computer reuse field could help solve two pressing social issues: </li></ul><ul><li>the throw-away society and the digital divide.” </li></ul>
    9. 9. TechSoup Aims… <ul><li>To strengthen the computer reuse, repair, and refurbishing sector. </li></ul><ul><li>To increase public and institutional awareness on how to donate or supply equipment to the reuse sector. </li></ul><ul><li>To increase public awareness on the environmental value of electronics reuse. </li></ul><ul><li>To divert a larger percentage of over-five-year-old computers and electronic equipment into responsible end-of-life recycling. </li></ul><ul><li>To supply low or no-cost computers and electronic equipment to nonprofits, schools, and low-income individuals through the world. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Environmental Case for Refurbished <ul><li>75 percent of a PC’s energy consumption has already happened before a new computer is ever switched on. </li></ul><ul><li>When you discard a 5 pound laptop you are also throwing away the 20,000 pounds of raw materials it took to make it. </li></ul><ul><li>It is 25 times environmentally beneficial to reuse computers than to recycle them at 3 to 5 years of age. </li></ul><ul><li>A six or seven year lifespan rather than three or four years means the environmental impact for even a fraction of the 1.1 billion computers now in use in world will be immense. </li></ul>
    11. 11. 8 Tips for Choosing a Refurbisher
    12. 12. Tips for Your Refurbished Search <ul><li>Opt for brand name refurbished equipment so you can compare equipment specifications across companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Verify your refurbisher provides a warranty with a return policy. Normal is 30 to 90 day warranties. </li></ul><ul><li>Software on refurbished computers needs to be legal and come with authentic licensing. </li></ul><ul><li>Customer service and some tech support available by phone, email, or in-person to help you choose the right equipment and deal with any defective equipment. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Tips for Your Refurbished Search <ul><li>When buying online make sure the website has secure transactions and good contact information if you have any problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Refurbished PCs should be half to 2/3 of an equivalent new model, including shipping. Equipment should include keyboard, mice, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Will it be taken back conveniently at end-of-life at low or no cost? Do they provide free or low-cost hard drive wiping services so the data on your computer doesn’t get in the hands of anyone who can misuse it? </li></ul><ul><li>Look for clearly stated policies about the fail rates of their equipment (under 10% is ideal), whether they export e-waste, and comply with environmental laws which apply to them. The EPA does not certify any electronics recyclers or refurbishers, although many claim to be EPA certified. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Refurbished Computer Initiative
    15. 15. About the RCI Program <ul><li>Our Mission </li></ul><ul><li>How RCI works </li></ul><ul><li>Eligibility </li></ul><ul><li>Restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program info: http://www.techsoup.org/stock/rci/default.asp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product listings: h ttp://www.techsoup.org/stock/category.asp?catalog_name=TechSoupMain&category_name=Refurbished+Windows+Computer+Systems&Page=1&Cat1=Hardware&CatCount=1 </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. A Little About Our Products <ul><li>Desktop and Notebook offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-installed Microsoft Windows OS and Office Software </li></ul><ul><li>90-Day Warranty </li></ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>TakeBack Program </li></ul>
    17. 17. Impact <ul><li>Since its launch in 2006, RCI has distributed more than 14,000 computers and monitors, serving more than 6,000 nonprofits and libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>Equivalent greenhouse gas reduction of removing 1,371 passenger cars for a year </li></ul><ul><li>Enough energy savings to provide electricity to power 3,138 U.S. households in a year </li></ul><ul><li>Based on mass, reusing this equipment saves landfills the equivalent to the solid waste generated by 61 U.S. households in a year </li></ul>
    18. 18. Example Refurbisher: Redemtech
    19. 19. Stability & Reliability <ul><li>Leader in e-Steward Standard </li></ul><ul><li>A subsidiary of Micro Electronics </li></ul><ul><li>Sustained, organic growth </li></ul><ul><li>Stable Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>average tenure is 9+ years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Industry leading operational maturity </li></ul><ul><li>IDC G.R.A.D.E. endorsed </li></ul><ul><li>Fully integrated international service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>US, Canada, Europe, Mexico </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Average PC Lifecycle Secondary Lifecycle 24-60 Months Economic Lifecycle 72 Months Decreasing asset value Decreasing Cost of Ownership $$ Market Opportunity Useful Life <96 months Decreasing Environmental Impact Enterprise Lifecycle 36-60 Months Manufacturing Cost 240 Kg fossil fuels 22 Kg chemicals 1500 Kg water $$$$$ Reuse Opportunity
    21. 21. Redemtech’s Refurbishment Checklist <ul><li>Efficient and mature operations </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent quality control </li></ul><ul><li>Warranted services and hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Customer services and technical support </li></ul><ul><li>Easy and free take-back program </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost on parts and cosmetic repairs </li></ul>
    22. 22. Refurbished Hardware Checkpoints <ul><li>Confirmation that unit meets spec, configuration, and cosmetic condition requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) diagnostics testing </li></ul><ul><li>Inspection of memory size, hard drive size, and wireless connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrades/replacement of memory and hard drive, if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Data overwritten to meet Department of Defense requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft OS and Office Suite imaging </li></ul><ul><li>Internal inspection and cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic restoration (buffing, painting) and exterior cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>New keyboard and mouse with appropriate power cords </li></ul><ul><li>Easy setup instructions and support information </li></ul><ul><li>New-in-box packaging for secure and safe transport </li></ul>
    23. 23. Redemtech’s Resources <ul><li>Visit www.Redemtech.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News bureau </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>White papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory database </li></ul></ul>
    24. 24. Additional Resources <ul><ul><li>U.S. Government Federal Electronics Challenge: http://www.federalelectronicschallenge.net/resources/docs/select.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative http://www.techsoup.org/stock/rci </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GreenTech: Computer Recycling and Reuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.techsoup.org/greentech/recycling/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips for Buying Refurbished Computers http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/hardware/page10057.cfm </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Questions? Submit your questions using the chat box.
    26. 26. Continue the Discussion… <ul><li>Ask follow-up questions in the Hardware Forum: http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/forums/p/29844/105345.aspx </li></ul>
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