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    EduGeek hardware rental network

    At the conference, someone suggested that EduGeek have a central resource of hardware for rent. The MetaGeek Wi-Spy was used as an example.

    How about a network of members willing to rent out hardware to each other in their locality, advertised through EduGeek? This would save EduGeek from having to invest in hardware for rental.

    I do have a Wi-Spy if anyone's interested, and I'm looking for a cat6 cable tester.

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    The trouble is who would pay the schools or the techs out of their own pocket?

    How we charge could be a mine field there.

    What about insurance if something gets broken?

    Ben

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    Well, the schools would pay. I wasn't suggesting that techs would use their own money.

    Charges would be advertised. Schools could just raise cheques to each other.

    Insurance is a more difficult problem. I don't know about that.

    It's just a suggestion!

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    someone suggested
    - that was me.

    Taking the MetaGeek product as an example - its £200.

    One idea.

    Edugeek buy it - lend it out to 1st person.
    1st person gets it for a week (or 3 days) or until next person wants it.

    They post it on (appropriately covered by postal insurance) to next person due to have it and so on.

    Person/school pays edugeek £1/5/10 and pays for postal charge. Edugeek gets £50/250/£500 per year.

    I think with that sort of deal we could end up buying a few of them!

    At £1/5/10 plus post - some of us would pay that out of own pockets just to get use of such a device

    (As long as edugeek can foot the capital cost)

    Just one way!

    regards

    Simon

    PS if it gets broken at a school - ce la vie - we'll just have to be careful with it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    PS if it gets broken at a school - ce la vie - we'll just have to be careful with it !
    Or just don't let them have any more unless they pay for it! (Maybe not - not in the spirit of EduGeek).

    I like your idea - I think it could work. I didn't know it was you. I was over the other side of the room.

    My suggestion was to use the unused resources that a lot of us already in schools, rather than having EduGeek invest in a central resource. I've finished with my £200 WiSpy now, and our school is strapped for cash.

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    Well - if your willing to risk it and see if the system is workable why not try it out and see what happens.

    You send it to me - I'll send your school a cheque for £10 (I'd rather pay £5 but willing to go to top end as an experiment ) - I'll keep it for a week and then send it on to next person who wants it (with your approval of course) and pay the post cost (insured as much as possible).

    If no-one else joins in - you won't have lost out and I'll had use of it for week (or even more - no point in sending it back to you as that'll just increase total postage charges to you )

    Do you want to do it?

    regards
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    PS As I said, if it gets broken I think there is no way I could convince my head(s) to buy a new one (or afford to myself) but maybe there could be an edugeek understanding pact/honour code to pay another £20 out of own pockets if we muck up! (if not - its the black ball!)

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    Or maybe Edugeek will buy it from you for £100 (2nd hand price)

    But still send it to me first - no point in forking out 2 sets of post charges

    (And the manglement would just claim 1st dibs anyway and none of us would get a look in for for 6 months! )

    regards

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    Simon,

    I'll do it, but £10 a week still seems a bit small. How about £20 a fortnight?

    If no one else wants it, you'll have it for longer anyway at no extra cost, or until I need it back.

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    can i ask what is wiispy


    I know what it is now! I am also able to buy one for £106.00
    Last edited by western; 6th June 2008 at 11:23 AM.

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    I have been thinking heavily about this and it does seem a good idea. Would it also be useful to have 'emergency loan' equipment including GB switches, servers and other essentials that can be rented as and when required for a set price per day?

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    Having just bought one of these wispy things myself and also having considered leasing arrangements for printers I've had a bit more time to think this through probably but here's the model I'd go with.

    Item worth £200 (wispy for example)
    Charge: £75 for 2 weeks (£50 of which is a refundable deposit)
    Delivery/Post by special delivery ONLY

    Item has to go back to the originator before being passed on.

    Trust is a wonderful thing but trust me it doesn't work when someone abuses it, and someone would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contink View Post
    Having just bought one of these wispy things myself and also having considered leasing arrangements for printers I've had a bit more time to think this through probably but here's the model I'd go with.

    Item worth £200 (wispy for example)
    Charge: £75 for 2 weeks (£50 of which is a refundable deposit)
    Delivery/Post by special delivery ONLY

    Item has to go back to the originator before being passed on.

    Trust is a wonderful thing but trust me it doesn't work when someone abuses it, and someone would.
    Which is why we would only loan to schools and a thorough load agreement would be signed and in place.

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    At the conference, someone suggested that EduGeek have a central resource of hardware for rent. The MetaGeek Wi-Spy was used as an example.
    Interesting proposal, but the problem with such a money generating solution is it'll take a considerable amount of time to break even, let alone make profit. You'll also need a lot of capital.

    Equipment can also get damaged or lost in the post too. Some people might not even pay up. There's a lot of trust involved which adds a lot of complications to the idea.

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    Its a wireless network spectrum analyser.

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    There is companies out there that loan anything IT/Network/Desktop/Projectors etc etc already. Edugeek does not need to do it!! These companies do this everyday and dont charge the earth.



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