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Any Freegeek style stores in Scotland?

DezGalbie
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This is one for my fellow Scots, since they will be the only ones likely to know the answer, but are there any stores in Scotland similar to the Freegeek we often see in the scrapyard wars videos on LTT?

 

I'm not aware of any like that, but I would love to know about any if they do exist. I don't know of any retail locations that you can pick up second hand PC hardware on that kind of scale so when I'm looking for something it usually has to be eBay or Facebook Marketplace or whatever.

 

I'm guessing that if any do exist then they would be in the bigger cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh. I live in Dundee and I'm not aware of any here.

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CEX? 

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1 hour ago, LinusTechTipsFanFromDarlo said:

CEX? 

CEX seems more like the UK equivalent of Gamestop, IMO. They have good selections of games, DVDs, and Blurays, but I feel like they are a bit lacking on the hardware side of things. They're OK for consoles and phones too, I guess. But really I'm looking for a PC hardware specialist that stocks a large secondhand choice of everything from power supplies to cases to graphics cards etc.

CEX, in my experience, doesn't seem to have a great range in that kind of stuff.

Unless they have bigger stores outwith Dundee that carry a much bigger range? I've only been in the Dundee CEX and browsed their website.

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3 minutes ago, DezGalbie said:

CEX seems more like the UK equivalent of Gamestop, IMO. They have good selections of games, DVDs, and Blurays, but I feel like they are a bit lacking on the hardware side of things. They're OK for consoles and phones too, I guess. But really I'm looking for a PC hardware specialist that stocks a large secondhand choice of everything from power supplies to cases to graphics cards etc.

CEX, in my experience, doesn't seem to have a great range in that kind of stuff.

Unless they have bigger stores outwith Dundee that carry a much bigger range? I've only been in the Dundee CEX and browsed their website.

Other than Ebay I don't think you'll find anything like that in Scotland, it's more of a North American thing. 

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2 minutes ago, LinusTechTipsFanFromDarlo said:

Other than Ebay I don't think you'll find anything like that in Scotland, it's more of a North American thing. 

Yeah, I was kinda thinking that.

But if anyone knows of any places like this then please let me know!

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Just now, DezGalbie said:

Yeah, I was kinda thinking that.

But if anyone knows of any places like this then please let me know!

I mean you could try looking through the good old Yellow Pages but the used PC market has moved online which makes sense.

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I know Swindon isn't Scotland, but I became aware of Project Reboot not long ago. I've never visited them, but they get PC gear, refurb what they can and sell it on. Sound familiar? https://www.scrapstore.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=45&Itemid=215

 

So there may be something similar, but smaller so not so easy to find.

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25 minutes ago, porina said:

I know Swindon isn't Scotland, but I became aware of Project Reboot not long ago. I've never visited them, but they get PC gear, refurb what they can and sell it on. Sound familiar? https://www.scrapstore.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=45&Itemid=215

 

So there may be something similar, but smaller so not so easy to find.

Yeah, it's not really a commutable distance but it does sound interesting. I would definitely check that out if it was near me.

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14 minutes ago, DezGalbie said:

Yeah, it's not really a commutable distance but it does sound interesting. I would definitely check that out if it was near me.

I haven't visited as I haven't had a real reason to. Looking at their facebook page, they do assorted older refurb desktops and laptops, the kinda thing a business gets rid of beyond their service life. "gamer" systems are few and far between. If they do components or will allow you to go fishing for specific parts, I haven't asked.

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Where I live (a different Western European country) we have quite a few thrift shops who sell Pentium 4 era machines with Linux distros on them, they need people to set up those machines.. Possibly a thrift shop near you does this stuff too.

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3 hours ago, DezGalbie said:

But if anyone knows of any places like this then please let me know!

Flea Markets

Recycling Centers

School Boards

Corporate Companies

 

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Charities

Non Profits Organizations

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Salvation Army since they are Christians they are obliged to help out the less fortunate. I always get free boots and coats from them, Marks Work Wearhouse one year dumped a bunch of stuff off, heated boots with no cables! But hey free is free! It feels good to save money.

Bum Shelters would have employee's, they are obliged to help out the less fortunate.

 

 

 

 

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