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Businesses that throw away shit

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by XBLElec, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. XBLElec

    XBLElec Junior Member

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    Is it just me or do businesses throw away a lot of stuff...For example the place I work at throws away 8GB flashdrives all day because they have minor dents.

    Anyone else see this?
     
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    Essence19 BANNED BANNED

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    oh yes - defintely - I used to work for a company in the uk,london - Every year there computers get upgraded - software and all - so they just dump the old ones - its very dumb -typical call centre bullshit
     
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    With good connections there a great ways to monetize this wastage. A good friend of mine works in a clinic and has access to the "garbage" area through a fellow and makes good money on ebay with this items.
     
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  4. OdieZ

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    I wish it was like that at my office, I have a computer graveyard right behind me. I am currently using a CRT monitor as my footrest.
     
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  5. XBLElec

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    I just "rescued" 4 8gb flash drives and this software called "Autodesk Flare 2011"

    Dunno wtf it's worth but it looks expensive.

    I just don't understand how it's not cheaper to sell it on ebay or whatever... Like I know food businesses could give the food to the homeless but they throw it out instead.
     
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    most of the time employees just take the easiest solution, although it may be the dumbest one they could take. when i used to work at a bakery they almost never donated the food to homeless shelters. that boss was a crazy b**ch
     
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    You might try talking to someone in charge about it to work out handling the disposal of those things.

    Start with the idea of "can I have those instead of you just throwing them out?", and then move onto "can I take those and give you a %5 commision on any that I sell?", and keep negotiating till you get some kind of equitable deal with them.

    If it's returnable items though you'll rarely get an OK for it, most companies would rather destroy the items than risk having scammers find them and bring them back to the store for refund or exchange.

    If it's worth doing for you though it usually won't hurt to ask someone. The hardest part is usually finding the right person to talk to about it.
     
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    of course don't know that crazy bitch but the issue with food is if the donation food causes harm to someone then the bakery is liable ... they just say screw it ..to afraid of the government and courts

    JQ
     
  9. XBLElec

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    5% of my profits!!! What is this paypal!

    I'd ask but I know they'll say no. They'd rather us employees buy it.
     
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    so much goes to waste every day , in so many businesses, what a shame...i wouldnt mind a few dented 8gb flashdrives for example...
     
  11. XBLElec

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    I can get almost any software too because if the box the software comes in is dented they throw it away...Management here is retarded...They don't understand that it's a box..and the product is a disc. Ugh, and they're making $100k
     
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    I wonder how one could go about finding out how companies dispose of their waste... If you knew which ones did what you really could make a killing. Universities do the same thing. I'm talking nice macs tossed like trash.
     
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    For a Mac I would be dumpster diving lol.
     
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    Wow that is really wasteful. Very disappointing that people throw out electronics. Reduce Reuse Recycle! I could see something like this 20 years ago, but by now everyone should know better than to be so wasteful.

    On the business side, you could make a killing from this. I know of a company that recycles medical supplies, and they make millions a year. Figure out a way to get at these things before they throw them out, and you will be rich.
     
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    Well 95% of something is better than 100% of nothing. lol

    A 5% cost of goods for something you can sell is pretty damned good. Think of it as a JV between you and them, they provide the goods and you sell them. Even a 50/50 split would be worth it for you, but you still want to get the best deal you can. :cool2:
     
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    Ho, its good
     
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    This happens all the time with companies in the UK, it's ilegal as far as I know to go 'dumpster diving' and most companies won't allow you to remove it yourself and would rather hire a company to dispose of it, I imagine it has something to do with public liability and data protection if they are disposing of hard drives etc.
     
  18. XBLElec

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    Going to go see if they threw out more stuff today... I will see what I come up with.

    I guess it's true with the saying "One mans trash is another mans treasure"

    I think that's the saying
     
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    To put some of this in perspective.
    When employees are given damaged goods. The amount of damaged goods increases exponentially. The business is screwed by the people they were trying to help.

    Companies don't donate computer equipment because of illegal dumping by the people the company was trying to help. Too many got screwed by the people they were trying to help. You register a product and it is found in an illegal dump you get a fine. You don't feel much like doing any more donating.

    When I worked at Payless we donated 15 pairs of new shoes to a local charity. I marked each pair with a big black X. Ten of the donate pairs were returned with a demand for a full refund within a week. The people we were trying to help screwed us. So now Payless cuts the soles and throws them in the dumpster.

    When my husband and I ran a Golden Corral we always fed homeless people that came to the door. We had to make them sit down and eat the food in front of us. We could not let them take anything with them.
    Why?
    Because a restaurant gave a homeless man a meal. He kept part of it and finished it the next day and became deathly ill. He sued the restaurant that gave him the meal and won over a million dollars because the restaurant owner "knew he did not have access refrigeration". The guy they tried to help screwed them. Our insurance made it perfectly clear that they would not cover any illnesses resulting from donated food. PERIOD!
    You are asking restaurant owners to donate food and risk their house, car, business. American families throw away more food that anyone. People aren't out giving part of that food to the homeless.

    For every rule there is a person that did something stupid.
     
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    This is a perfect example of the sad world we live in.
     
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