I'll give it a try. I am just assuming that all of us dispose "surplus" property in the easiest way possible, and if we read a little, maybe we can find processes that benefit schools or non-profits who can get a couple more years of life out of them.
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> From: Support for Support Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bruce Harper
> Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 11:10 AM
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> Subject: Re: Has anyone been able to transfer equipment to VTYMCA?
> On Dec 7, 2010, at 10:28 AM, Denton wrote:
> > Hello All,
> > I was doing some work with the VT-YMCA http://www.vtymca.org/
> > index.html
> > The equipment I encountered was so outdated that it made my 8 yr old
> > machines look good. Has anyone successfully transferred equipment to
> > the Y or any other non-profit? Looking at the Surplus guidelines, it
> > appears that there should be some kind of a transfer possible. Just
> > fill out "Request to Transfer Equipment to Another Domestic
> > Institution" form via policy 3951.
> One would hope things have changed, but good luck. In the past (and maybe
> still now), Virginia Tech seems to short-circuit some of the steps in the
> equipment disposal process laid out by the state. Instead of the "transfer to
> other state agencies" and "transfer to other localities" steps that would
> especially benefit our local school system, things go straight to surplus auction
> where teachers have to compete with the flea market vendors with lots of cash.
> At least that's what happened several years ago when the Biology department
> unloaded a bunch of nice microscopes that would have been perfect in a fifth-
> grade classroom. There was no process that would have given Montgomery
> County schools a chance to pick these items up at an affordable price in one lot;
> they went right to the auction and were parceled out in multiple chunks with
> good and broken 'scopes mixed together and good luck on your bidding. Maybe
> someone knows that this policy has changed and other agencies, localities, and
> school systems have a fair shot before things go on the block at the old K-Mart.