PLAINFIELD – Misty Bartlett wanted to find a good laptop for her college-bound daughter.
So the Plainfield resident headed off to nearby Plainfield North High School early Saturday morning to buy one. Plainfield School District 202 staff decided to sell extra laptop and computers at prices that were quite a bargain for Bartlett and for hundreds of residents who came out.
“My kids go to Plainfield schools,” she said. “They use them at school. I was asking them if they were nice computers and they both told me they thought they were good computers.”
School staff were selling about 500 Dell Latitude laptops for $90 and about 1,000 Optiplex desktops for $80. Each item had their hard drives wiped clean and came with Windows Vista installed. They also came with power adaptors, monitors, keyboard and mouse. Most of them were about five to six years old.
Outside Plainfield North High School’s cafeteria were dozens of people waiting for their number to be called. Those who managed to buy computers came out of the building with them stacked on rolling carts.
Tom Hernandez, school district spokesman, said the schools have been selling used computer equipment for several years. Because of the size of the schools, every year staff are replacing older computers with new computers. The computer sales have always proven popular with hundreds of people, he said.
“Find some other place where you can get a laptop for less than $100,” Hernandez said.
Chet Hartley of Plainfield was looking for exactly that on Saturday. He was waiting to get a laptop because the one he had before was broken.
“It is so ungodly expensive nowadays that – for a small amount of word processing and Internet uses [that] I use it for – you can’t beat the deal,” he said.
School staff were handing out numbers for purchases at 6 a.m. and did not start the sale until 8 a.m. Bartlett said when she arrived a little before 8 a.m., lines were packed. The lines were dwindling by 10 a.m. as more people were allowed into the school’s cafeteria for their purchases.
Hernandez said the school may collect about $125,000 from the sale if all items are sold. The money will go toward buying new computers and other technology equipment for the schools, he said.