Re: Pentium 2 sells for 399 USD!
it might sound like a con, but it's perfectly legit...
at the last place I worked I was in charge of devising the inventory, there were some basic price structures.
each new pc was priced at £500 pretty much regardless of it's original price.
the depreciation period was 2 years, (average life expectance of a business machine).
either at £1000, £1500 or £2000 with depreciation of 5 years.
so with PC's we could have a system for a few years, if it was stolen or broken by disaster we could claim the ful amount for up to two years, and a depreciated amount for each year after that, (depreciation was for tax reasons).
with servers, we'd claim the new price for up to five yearsafter, and a depreciated amount after that.
it doesn't matter that a £1000 server is only worth £100 five years down the line,
because you don't value assets at the price they cost, you value them at the worth to the business...
as an effort to reduce the insurance expenditure, I suggested that we changed the price to a more realistic build price rather than a average price from dells website,
in this way a machine could be valued at £250, the only problem benig that if all the machines are wipped out at once, you need to be able to get an insurance check, go straight to the dell website and have all the machines that you need pretty much next day so that your business can start again as it was before the disaster.
Same thing with your dads friend...
he could have got $10, and spent an age travelling round car boot sales and good will shops, but if a machine is used for business use, he needs that machine relpaced as fast as possible with minimum affect to his business... that means buying new.
I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian…
Im sick of people saying 'dont waste paper'. If trees wanted to live, they'd all carry guns.
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; The inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."