Update on Used Laboratory Equipment

Dr. Jim Campanella jjc3 at LEHIGH.EDU
Fri Jan 9 12:57:30 EST 1998


Dear PI's,

Over the last several days, I have received over 200 pieces of e-mail in
response to my request for an opinion on the usefulness of a used lab
equipment
site. I am pleased to report every person who responded is in favor of such a
site and would find it a valuable resource. In anticipation of what I had
hoped would be favorable opinions, I have completed the version 1.0 of the
lab equipment lab site. I have tried to incorporate various elements that
several people who e-mailed me mentioned. But, essentially, the site is
open for business any time that people start to post there. The address is:


www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/Lab/5656/


Please inform me of any problems with the site. Although I encountered no
problems in my initials tests, remember the site is a first iteration and
may still have bugs.

happy hunting,

Jim Campanella


P.S. If you happened to miss my original e-mail note, it is reproduced at
the bottom of the page.


>>>>Dear PI's,
>>>>
>>>>I am sure that many of you, besides myself, have faced a reduction
>>>>in funding of late, as well as rising costs in lab equipment. I
>>>>am curious whether anybody thinks that an idea I have has any merit.
>>>>I am willing to set up a World Wide Web site as a clearing house for
>>>>used lab equipment. I have often wondered whether other labs have old
>>>>or outmoded equipment (like balances, pH meters, etc.) which they
>>>>would be willing to part with at minimal prices. I have seen
>>>>commercial Web sites where newer-- and more expensive-- used equipment
>>>>is sold, but I have never seen a site which is nonprofit, run by
>>>>biologists, and simply acts as "classified ads" where scientists can
>>>>post their requests for equipment or advertisements to sell equipment.
>>>>
>>>>I am willing to put together such a Web site as a service to the
>>>>biology community. The new site would charge no fees for posting
>>>>and would be accessible to biologists from around the world.
>>>>
>>>>I am writing to several different biology mailing lists to
>>>>get an idea of how much interest there would be in such a Web
>>>>site-- or even to find out if such a site already exists and I
>>>>simply do not know about it.
>>>>
>>>>I thank you all for your help.
>>>>
>>>>Dr. Jim Campanella
>>>>Lehigh University
>>>>Department of Biological Sciences
>>>>Bethlehem, PA 18015
>>>>





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