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    Selling old equipment

    While we normally donate any old desktops, we have an old server which we dont need and cant donate it because it would just end up coming back to us for support

    I was just going to sell it on Ebay as Im sure it would fetch £100 or so, and donate the money back to IT/The School
    But ive been told I cant do this, as we cannot profit from equipment

    Aside from the fact this sounds like total lunacy - ie we can buy equipment for £1000's but the school cant even get any money back - is this law or some stupid politics at my school?

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    can you "loan it us" please
    (long term)

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    Sounds like politics to me. Donate it to yourself and then sell it on ebay!

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    it's tax payers money there is no need to account for it!
    what a joke surely there is no harm in generating some funds from old equiptment to pay for goods such as toners/paper (stuff the kids will use for their coursework, studies etc)

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    I'd say some stupid politics at your school, there's now law governing this as far as I'm aware, although local athorities may have their own guidelines covering this.

    We regularly sell old equipment on e-bay, as long as it's properly accounted for there's no problems. i.e if you sell it on your e-bay account, you must be completely transparent with the transactions, provide all the listing details etc. just incase your accounts audit questions it. At the end of the day 'the equipment is the schools, and it's up to the school how they decide to dispose of it' (to quote our accounts manager)

    cheers,

    Mike.

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    It has to do with HM customs and excise as schools don't pay VAT so someone along the way has to, otherwise it is deemed an illegal purchase on the grounds of VAT evasion.

    The only way round this is for the people involved in purchasing it get it for free but make a donation to the school of the amount which they would have paid for the said item. You may have to set up some kind of school charity but this could be done and as charities don't pay VAT or tax then it could be done.

    Everybody wins even the government believe it or not.

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    Maybe its the VAT thing then
    Although I reckon at this school probably more likely politics
    Im not going to kick up a big fuss about it, its only an old server, I was just interested
    cheers guys

    Quote Originally Posted by projector1
    can you "loan it us" please
    (long term)
    Course...if you come and collect it

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    When we sell stuff we have to add vat to it presumably paying the vat to the tax man.

    I sold a load of old imacs last year and also an Xserve.

    Ben

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    Why not consider trading it in against one of your new servers?

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    We donate such stuff to the PTA, which is a separate entity, and they sell it on ebay.

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    I give our old stuff to the students, means alot of them can then have a computer at home. Saying that I just can't seem to get rid of CRT monitors, I have loads of them, and will have many more when I upgrade some of the computers to TFT's!!

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by linuxgirlie
    I give our old stuff to the students, means alot of them can then have a computer at home. Saying that I just can't seem to get rid of CRT monitors, I have loads of them, and will have many more when I upgrade some of the computers to TFT's!!
    Know the feeling, they skip happily away with a P2 base unit but run away screaming when we ask "And would you like a 17" CRT to go with that?"

    I have a garage with 30 in, soon to be 60 after Easter hols.

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by projector1
    can you "loan it us" please
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    Course...if you come and collect it[/quote]

    where are you based? and what spec is it? cheers!

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    Re: Selling old equipment

    We've got an issue like this :-

    The school cannot hold an ebay account of it's own - due to the la's finance system, we dont have a direct bank account nor any sort of plastic. One of the strict regulations in our Finance Manual states that "employees must not hold funds on behalf of the school" and therefore we can't trade on ebay with the schools equipment; either personally or through the school itself.

    The idea of the school "chucking the equipment" and then one of us "making a donation" back to the school has been explored - but then the potential backlash that could come makes it not worth the hassle involved.

    Haven't explored using the PTA - may do that.

    Kyle

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