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:
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.
P.S. If you happened to miss my original e-mail note, it is reproduced at
the bottom of the page.
>>>>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
>>Department of Biological Sciences
>>Bethlehem, PA 18015