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Old 15th January 2006, 06:56 AM   #1
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It just struck me how sad it is, when I look at the pictures, some of you guys sit on tonnes of old transformers and stuff you would probably never get around to using in this life... while there are those of us, who have to scrounge sometimes to even just get a polyester cap.

I would suggest if you find yourself guilty of this that you go and find one nice thing in your stack (like a small tranny etc) and offer it to someone less fortunate!!!

You'd have one less piece of junk, and one more life long friend.
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Old 15th January 2006, 07:03 AM   #2
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Most people in places where you dont have to scrounge unfortunetly can have a hard time finding a friend who couldnt care less. Its all Ipods and the flavour of the week, everything is disposable.

My basement is getting clogged with stuff that would otherwise be sent to the landfill, or scrapyard at best.
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Old 15th January 2006, 07:25 AM   #3
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Just put it out there... I bet some 15 year old, future Nelson Pass, who just burns to do his first electronic project could come along...

Not everyone is priviledged, not even every american.

Can I get an idication from some more members if they will support a "Junkpile donations and requests" thread, maybe under trading post?

Common we have over 400 post here bragging about how much **** we have...
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Old 15th January 2006, 08:00 AM   #4
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Can I get an idication from some more members if they will support a "Junkpile donations and requests" thread, maybe under trading post?
I'd happily donate some stuff ... but even in cases where someone is willing to pay the shipping, i'm already always behind packing up those things people are paying money for... so you have to come by for pickup.

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Old 15th January 2006, 08:36 AM   #5
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Just put it out there... I bet some 15 year old, future Nelson Pass, who just burns to do his first electronic project could come along...
HERE I AM!!!!!!

Do you remember me???

Please donate!!!!!!!
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Old 15th January 2006, 09:26 AM   #6
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Default Maybe a forum for swapping components?

Not quite the same thing as you are talking about, but I have many times thought about the possibility of people swapping components with each other. Suppose we had a forum for posting components we need and components we can offer. Just as an example, say that I need a few JFETs of a particular type, which I would have to order from abroad with a lot of extra handling and shipping costs etc. Perhaps somebody else can buy these easily, or simply has a surplus stock of them, but this person needs, or could at least make use of, some other component that I can buy easily, or happen to have a lot of, say a particular op amp. We could then try to agree to swap mabye ten JFETs for three op amps, or whatever. Then we simply trust each other and mail these to each other.

I don't know how well, or even if, it would work. One obvious problem is that we would have to trust each other, but I hope that would not turn out a big problem. Anyway, you would only swap with people you decide to trust. Another problem might be that some people would tend to always be the ones offering components, and some would be the ones always asking for components. But that is self regulating, I think. If you have a lot of components and don't need anything else, you have no need to participate unless you simply want to help other people out of kindness. If you ask for components, you must have something to offer. Some people live where there is a constant difficulty to buy most components, so how can they use the system? Well, they could occasionally buy a "stock" of components they know other people will ask for once in a while, and use these components to trade for others.

So what's the point if you are one of those people who will have to stock up components to participate? Well, you often don't need in advance exactly what components you will need. You will once in a while find yourself in the situation where you need just e few of a particular transistor, or perhaps a few resistors with unusual values or whatever, or mix of some components. You could place an order, but that can quickly turn out costly. There is shipping and handling, and maybe customs fees. Some companies also have minimum orders and if you need several things, you may not even be able to buy them from the same dealer. In the end it can turn out very costly for just a handful of transistors, or whatever.

This idea is primarliy intended for small amounts of things that can be easily mailed as letters, although if people want to start sending transformers and stuff to each other, then thats possible too. There is of course already a forum for people selling components, but they don't have everything and the main point would be to get rid of the moneyhandling entirely, by exchanging components for components. Yes, it is old fashioned and the tax authorities wouldn't approve of it if happening on a large scale, but things like this is coming back in local communities in many countries, so why not in an internet community?

What do you think?
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Old 15th January 2006, 09:44 AM   #7
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A very good idea, and one I thought of a while ago! . We are waiting on our new software and server before we make any changes to the forum though. Dan, our dedicated software/systems/engineering guy has pushed this software about as far as it can go!!!
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Old 15th January 2006, 09:46 AM   #8
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I like the idea a lot and as long as people maintain the idea of simplicity in their minds it would work. They have to turn off the calculator in their heads. Remember why money was invented?
Also, on a more technical matter, its no likely that a new forum will be created at the moment but using the trading post with the prefix ‘Swap’ or ‘Free’ in the header of the thread would probably work for the time being.
Why not start a new thread on this matter. I’ll happily move these posts if enough interest.

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Old 15th January 2006, 09:57 AM   #9
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A very good idea, and one I thought of a while ago! . We are waiting on our new software and server before we make any changes to the forum though. Dan, our dedicated software/systems/engineering guy has pushed this software about as far as it can go!!!
I thought of it long long ago, but don't think I have ever suggested it before.

No new software should be needed, unless you are thinking of luxuries like a database of component supply and demand.


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I like the idea a lot and as long as people maintain the idea of simplicity in their minds it would work. They have to turn off the calculator in their heads. Remember why money was invented?
Also, on a more technical matter, its no likely that a new forum will be created at the moment but using the trading post with the prefix ‘Swap’ or ‘Free’ in the header of the thread would probably work for the time being.
Why not start a new thread on this matter. I’ll happily move these posts if enough interest.

/Hugo
Of course, we have to stop thinking about every cent. The idea is to save a lot in both ease and money compared to ordering abroad for just a handful of stuff, so what's a few dollars or euros in the end?

Yes, please start a new thread. I should maybe have done that, but didn't feel like starting a new thread for something that perhaps wouldn't get any takers.
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Old 15th January 2006, 09:54 PM   #10
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i give stuff away from time to time for free under the trading post.
but this is a good idea
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