February 11th, 2011

marcus 2013

Pssst... want to buy a cheap sensor?

Ages ago my school received a couple of datalogger sensors from a company that we haven't done business with in a couple of years. Unfortunately they're not compatible with any of our dataloggers, and we're not going to go out and buy a £300 datalogger just to use them.

Part of the problem is that we don't seem to have received a delivery note or invoice, another is the time that has passed since their arrival - for some reason nobody chased it up after I said they weren't ordered by my department, so they've been sitting around in a cupboard in the school office for months.

The bottom line is that I phoned the manufacturer/distributor today to try to sort this out and get them collected - and they don't want to know! They have no idea why we have them, they've presumbly supplied replacements to whoever really ordered them (if that's what the mistake was) and it apparently isn't worth their while arranging to collect them etc. even though we don't want them. I can sort of see the point here - they cost 50 quid each, but by the time they've arranged to get them couriered and collected, tested, added to inventory, etc. there probably won't be much profit in it.

So eventually I told their sales person that if they really don't want them back I'll sell them to raise money for school funds - and she seemed happy for me to do that, presumably because it means I won't be bugging her any more.

And as if by magic eBay have a "no listing fee" thing this weekend.

So if anyone wants a couple of breathing sensors for Philip Harris eLog dataloggers, list price £49.95, they'll be on sale on eBay real soon now...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130485720225