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Ok so me and a friend started volunteering at a place that receives donated computers, recycles the bad, resells the working parts at a reasonable price in their "store".
They offer in return for our volunteer service of 24 hours, a free computer per volunteer.
Their limitations to what we are allowed to choose for a computer are very vague.
After doing our time and then building the first computer, we were ready to leave with it and then one of the supervisors told us that we have to check with this other guy to see if it was ok with the parts we put in it.
these guys helped us build this computer and gave us recommendations on what we should put it in.
So this guy tells us that the parts inside are higher quality parts than they normally let go and then they try to tally up every part and sell us the computer that we built and are suppose to get for free. They even try to rationalize the maximum price they can get by trying to show us the cpu benchmark charts. the guy even only pointed at the screen and we didn't get to actually look at the chart.
I asked the lady their about the contract we signed at the beginning of our volunteering and she said that they get rid of those papers after 3 months.
We do have proof and signatures with the time that we have worked there and we can easily get proof from anyone working there that the computers we build for ourselves are suppose to be free.
The computer we built and are suppose to receive,
amd 64bit dualcore 5600+
4 gigs ddr2 ram 667mhz
nvidia quadro fx 3700 (out dated workstation card / non-consumer)
The computer specs advertised,
pentium 4 2.4ghz "OR BETTER"
512 mb ram (unspecified quality although we do have more ram than this)
40gb HD "or so" (unspecified)
dvdr, cdr, floppy drive, sound card, video card, network card,
modem, (all "if required" and unspecified graphics card)
"Comes with 17" crt monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.
nothing stated about the actual tower or power supply so that is also unspecified.
Also I offered to forfeit my "free computer" to cover the "additional" costs for this one computer and the guy only took off 35$.
Since we were lied to and they have false advertisement of their program, what recourse could we have on this? We wasted our time and labor for nothing.
All we want is them to live up to the deal. They also claim to be a nonprofit organization.
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