[UFO Chicago] hardware

Nate Riffe inkblot@movealong.dhs.org
Thu, 12 Jul 2001 12:36:46 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, Thomas wrote:

> Ok, this is going to touch on a potential sticky issue... but I love the UFO tradition of tossing out ideas for comment/consideration.
> I like the idea of a hardware "swap" but I'm afraid of hoarding. Not
> something I'm worried about with the current group, but I'd hate to
> see someone grabbing up a bunch of things they'll never use just
> because it looks good.  Like I said, this doesn't really worry me, but
> what about setting an arbitrary amount- say a dollar - for anything
> taken, with proceeds to go to UFO projects?

Or instead, the hardware page could just list who has what and how to
contact.  I don't know about anyone else, but if I were contacted
regarding some piece of hardware in my possession, I would want to barter
for it.  I don't see how someone could hoard hardware if they have to give
some to get some.  I like the idea of getting UFO some money from the
transaction, but that and non-profit status would have to do a little

> Ok, the problems I see with this are:
> 1. It'd have to be on the honor system, because who wants to deal with tracking it?

I bet if you go back though the list archives, you'll find someone who
claimed the corporate title "CFO".  I would expect that person to do it.

> 2. UFO receiving money may be not such a great idea...

Re: non-profit... I think there must be some details to work out.  It can
be done, my mom's quilt guild receives some commissions on some things and
is non-profit.  It's all about the by-laws.

> 3. Returns of things that didn't work out?  Money back or take on your own risk?

I think that ought to be up to those who are party to the transaction.
Personally, for me, it's caveat emptor.

> 4. There must be a 4, 5, 6, etc.
> I don't endorse this concept, just tossing it out for everyone to chew on.
> Tom