we’re quick to offer top dollar for your used IT hardware, but we
definitely also encourage users to consider donation as an option (we do
so ourselves when we can). There are many organizations out there who
could use enterprise IT hardware and many who have equipment to spare,
so here are a few sites that can pair up the two:
Share the Technology
We’ve used this site to connect with organizations and schools in
need of server, storage and networking donations. As a 501(c)(3)
non-profit, they’ve provided a free public-access database since 1996.
Just this month we connected with John Kugler of Hyde Park Academy in
Chicago to whom we sent some Cisco routers and switches. He mentioned
those will possibly go to use in an IT project for a local YMCA, or
perhaps be used for introductory networking education. These were
surplus items to us and we’re glad they could be put to good use by this
If you’re a reseller, sign up for the Share the Technology database today!
National Cristina Foundation
From their website:
Foundation (NCF) provides computer technology and solutions to give
people with disabilities, students at risk and economically
disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more
independent and productive lives.”
Also, check out TechSoup’s extensive list of non-profit and school-based recyclers, as well as their article, 10 Tips on Donating a Computer.
In the end, if you still need to get some money back for your excess
equipment, selling it to another user or Vibrant isn’t going to
completely destroy your karma. You are preventing one more server from
being made after all (reuse, recycle and all that).