We maintain a centralized workshop where computer equipment is received from our client organizations. Our technicians perform an initial inspection and move reusable equipment to our shop area. Monitors are tested and CPUs are cleaned and evaluated by a workforce of special needs high school age students from the LABBB Collaborative “School to Work” program, an educational collaborative based in Massachusetts. The students assist us according to their individual ability and gain work and computer skills through this experience.
|Trained, professional technicians then refurbish the CPUs, adding missing parts, removing any data or original software, testing all components and reloading a “day one” configuration of operating system and utilities. Any machines which fail our testing and loading procedures are returned to our client’s recycling stream for disposal. CPUs are classified according to their basic configuration; CPU Type, RAM and Hard Drive size, etc. We market the refurbished systems according to these configurations. All equipment is backed by our ninety day repair-or-replace warranty.
We sell to an extensive list of New England based not-for-profit organizations, schools, church groups, labor unions, individuals and families who have a need for high-quality, low-cost computer systems for work or home use. All are free to buy; we do not have a means test.
Marlene Archer is the former Public Service Coordinator of the Boston Computer Society where she created a computer recycling program in 1993. When the Society closed in 1996, she continued the recycling program by forming New Visions in Technology, a non-profit organization. She has worked with the LABBB collaborative for the past five years. New Visions morphed into Semi-New Computers when she partnered with Charlie Thompson.
Charlie Thompson brings over twenty years of experience in the used and refurbished computer marketplace to Semi-New Computers. He has served as the General Manager of the nation’s largest used computer brokerage firm and founded MindShare New England, a consulting firm which developed and managed a computer refurbishing and re-use program which operated in Eastern New England for over eleven years. “We’re particularly excited about developing this business model which marries the needs of special needs students to find meaningful employment with the ecological goal of keeping electronic equipment out of landfills as long as possible and the societal goal of providing a source of very low cost computers for nonprofit organizations and families, both cash-strapped by today’s economy,” he said in a recent interview.
Locally-based sales positions are available. Please contact us if you are interested.