Discounted computers for sale at the Purple Elephant
Posted July 22, 2009 7:16 p.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2009 9:14 a.m. EDT
The nonprofit accepts donated computers, refurbishes them, installs new software, and then sells them to children at discounted prices.
“It helps us in economically-challenging times, and it has made all the difference in the world,” customer Michelle Peters said.
There are two Raleigh locations, 6808 Davis Circle and 6320-116 Capital Blvd., where you can sort through a warehouse of computers and accessories.
“Our surprise is our prices,” said Dave Hinton, director of the Purple Elephant Computer Factory for KIDS.
The organization is dependent on donations.
“It's better to give to other people that need a computer rather than go through the hassle of trying to sell it,” computer donor Yates Creech said.
Hinton said the hard drives of donated computers are wiped clean with software from the Department of Defense. The computer is also put through a series of tests to make sure it is working properly before it is put up for sale.
Most of the items at the computer factory sell for anywhere from 50 to 80 percent off what you would normally pay, Hinton said.
Some computers go for $100 to $200, with laser-jet printers as low as $45.
“I couldn't believe it at first, the prices. I thought there was something wrong with the prices,” customer Maurice Scott said.
The Scott family drove from Harnett County to donate an older computer and to buy something newer.
“It (old computer) was probably like 20 years old or something. It was really old,” customer Gena Scott said.
Hinton says the nonprofit also tries to specialize in finding computers for children, who really need them, although, all ages can shop at the facility. Even lower prices are often offered if customers can document they are in financial trouble.