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Concerns About Cashing Out PC Assets

By rboto ·
With more than 15 years of leading advisory teams in helping companies to plan, purchase, and implement PC hardware and software, I am considering building a new business designed to help companies rid themselves of PC assets.
I've been able toidentify steps and procedures pretty much from start to finish, I just would appreciate some advise on particular inhouse concerns IT managers have about clearing computer assets from inventory.
Any suggestions and comments you might have would be greatly appreciated.

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Been on the other end....

by JamesRL In reply to Concerns About Cashing Ou ...

As someone who has liquidated some of a company's computer assets, I can tell you my concerns.

One is the concern for the data that is/was contained on the HDs. Much of it is or was sensitive company data that is worth more than the computer itself. I'd want to know that either we sold the assets minus the HDs (a time consuming pain) or that the buyer would destroy the HDs. If my companies competitor buys my used assets, they would go to extraordinary lengths to retreive data, so we would want to prevent that. And I may be picky but using Norton's wipe disk or fdisking the HDs isn't enough for me.

We would also want the process to be easy - don't nickel and dime over a missing cable and don't make the sales process longer and more painful than it needs to be. Make the inventory trasnfer as easy as possible - this is likely "extra" unplanned work for most companies.

Offer a fair price, and look for a satisfied repeat customer rather than making a killing off one sale.

Thats what comes to mind.

James

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A few concerns

by generalist In reply to Concerns About Cashing Ou ...

A primary concern is that of data security. In some cases a PC may have critical data on it that competitors would love to obtain. If you offered a way of making sure that the data is not recoverable through 'normal' channels, it would help. And if you advise the clients on ways to make the really critical data totally unrecoverable, you might have an additional sales point in your favor.

Licensing issues are another thing I'd consider. A PC without an OS or basic home office software isalmost useless to many people. If you can ensure that the license for the OS and basic software goes with the PC, you'll have a sales point on the buyer's side. But if there are upgrade issues, things get tricky and you may have to sell the PCs for a reduced cost.

On an aside, there is one possible suggestion for PC disposal that you may not have considered. Schools, public and vo-tech, sometimes want older PCs so their students can get experience with tearing down and reassembling them as part of A+ certification. You could probably sell an older group of PCs to these organizations for a nominal price, an improvement from sending to the recyclers.

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Good luck on school disposal

by SBWorks In reply to A few concerns

I have had a zero success rate in giving PCs to schools - public, private, and technical. In the Seattle area, they have this stuff falling out of the closets when they open the doors.

Just a heads up...

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The best way o f "cleaning" a computer

by Jetpack908 In reply to Concerns About Cashing Ou ...

The best way to "clean" a computer of old data is simply to replace the h-drive.

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Information

by ggwbm In reply to Concerns About Cashing Ou ...

I too have been going through this for some time as well. I think the toughest decisions that a company faces is exactly what to do with those assets once depreciated. At the sunset of a piece of technology it seems as though it costs more to dispose of the system to a salvage company or remanufacture. One aproach we have used is actually forming an employee lottery in which we give this equipment to the employees. The hurdles faced are licensing and enviornmental issues and liability. The EPA is considering passing legislation in the majority of states that classify a monitor as hasardous waste. You need to consider that in your reccomendations to your clients as this is a real concearn among corporations.

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Disposal

by andrewm In reply to Concerns About Cashing Ou ...

As an IT Manager my main concerns are -

Security - We have to be happy the contents of the disk are non-recoverable, the issue of most concern
Hassle - Doing the above takes staff and manager time, another issue of real concern
Fair Price - Where equipment has residual value we want to try and get a fair price rather than the best price
Liability - If I resell equipment how liable is the organisation (fit for purpose sold etc.)

I have had no luck giving away older PCs to schools and colleges in my area, it would be nice to give away some equipment to a worthwhile cause rather than junking it.

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