Donated a falsely dead laptop--who gets it now?
October 15, 2006 9:22 PM Subscribe
Donated a laptop I thought was dead for parts, but found out it works fine. Who should get it?
I signed up for a local Freecycle-type website and noticed a gentleman looking for laptop and desktop parts and cases. I had what I thought was a dead laptop and decided to give it, along with a long-time dead desktop, to the guy, figuring if he could get any use out of it, everyone would be happier. Neither of the computers had hard drives.
Best Buy and a local computer place both told me the motherboard was dead in the laptop and wanted around $500 for parts and labor to fix it. I'm not a techie by any means. I ended up buying a new computer and the old laptop has been in its case, untouched, for a few months.
The guy e-mailed me back the night after he picked up the computers to tell me thanks--he had the both the desktop and the laptop working just fine after swapping out some bad RAM in the latter. I have had lots of extra sticks of RAM floating around here for months so obviously, if I would have known that bad RAM was the laptop's issue, I would have never given it up for free.
I want it back. Desperately. It was a gift that cost lots of money and obviously works just fine.
A little Googling later, I have the guy's full name, home and cellphone numbers, his home address, his age, and his wife's name--none of which (aside from the cellphone number) he provided to me.
I already e-mailed him and politely asked to have just the laptop back (he can keep the desktop). What can I do next? Take my big, bouncer brother to his front door and ask in person? Send him a barrage of e-mails and phone calls? Should I be polite, firm, or an asshole? Call him out on Freecycle?
More importantly, in the end, does it belong to him now?