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Computers at Goodwill

Goodwill's new chain of specialty stores, Goodwill Computer Works, sells monitors, hard drives, keyboards, printers and more -- for 25 to 50 percent off electronic store prices!

"Aside from the full systems, about half of our store is all of the bits and pieces you need to fix your own computer," says Computer Works district manager Jeff Kendall.
  • Printer - about $150 to $300 new; $20 to $30 at Goodwill
  • Ink cartridge - about $30 to $80 new; $4 each at Goodwill (sealed and unused)
  • Wireless card - about $40 new; $19.95 at Goodwill
  • Power supply - about $40 to $200 new; $10 to $15 at Goodwill
  • Desktop, monitor and mouse - about $700-$1,200 new; $100 to $300 at Goodwill
  • Tablet computer - about $1000 new; $300 or less at Goodwill
Speakers, sound cards, USB adaptors, memory cards, cables, and CDs are also for sale.

Computer Works locations can be found around the country in states such as Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.

The computers have been donated through the Dell Reconnect program, which allows people to recycle their used computers for free. Donations are tax-deductable. Goodwill volunteers and employees sort through the donations, recycle what can't be used, and reuse equipment in good condition.

"Nine hundred and ninety tons of electronic waste was saved from going into a landfill last year in Texas alone because of this program -- that's pretty exciting," says Steve Lufburrow, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Houston.

When you donate your computer, Goodwill is attune to the need to keep computer content private.

"Protection of personal information is one of the main reasons why this store exists, why we have to consolidate all computer equipment into this location," says Jeff. "We have the technicians that know how to erase that data in a way that it cannot be recovered again. We will put every hard drive through a three-pass wipe, erase personal information, and do extensive testing on it before we reuse that hard drive in a rebuild process for a new computer for resale."

Computers purchased at Goodwill come with a 90-day warranty.

The Goodwill mission is to help people with obstacles obtain jobs.

"Our emphasis is on people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities, and anything else that holds a person back from employment," Steve says. "Our goal with Goodwill is to provide a job opportunity or training so a person can become a tax-paying citizen in our community."

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