I personally hate driving out to Baynesville only to pay a substantial mark up on some small part I need to finish a project. I think it would be worth considering setting up a parts store at the Node for basic supplies. We could start very simple with say a $30 resistor assortment.
With something cheap like resistors we might as well try the office coffee model, if you use some resistors put some money in the cup. For $30 it would probably worth experimenting to see if that is effective.
Long term it might be cool to say get someone to donate an old cigarette machine or vending machine and use it to dispense parts.
Ideas for parts to supply:
We should also set up a recycling center of sorts for leftover components from projects, stripping out anything useful from old or unsuccessful projects. We should also provide a bin for eWaste disposal and make trips to the dump bi-weekly. Baltimore City eWaste Info
- What--specifically--would it take to set up an unattended "store" in the space? Abachman 04:38, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
- I think we we could start with the honor system, and a purchase some where from $30-$50 in parts, put out a donation can, if it works we keep it going, if it doesn't cover costs, we reevaluate. Kellyegan 16:25, 28 July 2009 (UTC)