RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: Spare components
- We already have the "MARCH Virtual Swap Meet" table in our Yahoo Groups
database. I can't help it if nobody uses it.
Well, that's not entirely true ... I (still!) need to update the monthly
group FAQ, and I should mention the database there for new members to know
By the way, ignore the "what have we got" table for now; it too is horribly
obsolete and un-updated.
From: Mike Hatch [mailto:mike@...]
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2007 9:15 AM
Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Spare components
> I think it's a problem worth discussing (if anyone is interested) inIts possible this would be better served by a listing in Freecycle. My
> MARCH. After all, we get donations from people who are also looking to
> get rid of stuff, only it's whole computers and not (generally) parts.
> I think the fundamental problems of an online exchange include the
> same problems organizations like MARCH have. Namely, cataloging what
> you have; making it available; working out shipping. All these are
> costs of time or space or transport. It's tougher for small parts,
> particularly onesies. If Mike can solve these problems, or help people
> solve them in order to list and provide parts, I'd certainly like to
> see his solution! I wish him well. I sent him a bit more discussion as
> he suggested.
problem with that is that Freecycle model seems to be a fast turnover system
with "I have this" or "I want that". In the vintage computer / component
area I though this challenge response system might be too restrictive
Although some work to set up initially in cataloging, I thought a central
repository of parts where you could search for bits when you need them and
then email the owner directly might work better. (For the paranoid the
emails are encoded off site and do not appear in the page code).
Those individual "Fred" & "Mike" pages could be set up for Fred to upload
his own data as a text file used to generate the "Fred" page with a bit of
coding, that way each member of the system could change it as and when they
Shipping would only occour if somebody wanted some of your parts and it's
then up to the two parties to agree at that time pretty much as you seem do
do now. The PITA is for each to catalog what they have or want to be
available, sorry I can't do that for you, but I can host the pages and
provide the means for each to list what they have to help others - parts,
systems, bits Etc..
> We already have the "MARCH Virtual Swap Meet" table in our Yahoo GroupsIt seems like we are overengineering the hell out of this.
> database. I can't help it if nobody uses it.
What is wrong with just doing this old-school? If you have something
you do not need, post a message. If you need something you do not
have, post a message. Things work out n the end.
- William Donzelli <wdonzelli@...> wrote :
> > We already have the "MARCH Virtual Swap Meet" table in our Yahoo GroupsI agree. My collection of thousands of components isn't worth cataloging and
> > database. I can't help it if nobody uses it.
> It seems like we are overengineering the hell out of this.
> What is wrong with just doing this old-school? If you have something
> you do not need, post a message. If you need something you do not
> have, post a message. Things work out n the end.
putting prices on. Besides, someone will eventually say "you're asking 25 cents
for this part but I can but it at XXX for 24 cents."
However, if someone posts a note like "I need a XXXXX, does anyone have one?"
I can usually find it in my collection. I've also had cases where someone said
what they were looking for, and myself and others were able to suggest more
suitable alternatives. This couldn't have happened if the person simply looked
for the exact part on a website.
Just post what you want and hopefully someone can provide it.