Dumpster Diving!

Thrash

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After a three month sabattical, I went to the local Staples for another look-see. The dumpster was practically overflowing, so I climed on top, nothing to see. I was freezing, so I didn't do much digging. I saw stuff laying around the outside of the dumpster so I hopped down and looked behind. In the dark, I see something that looks like a black lump with straps. I reach for it, pull it out; lo and behold, I come up with a Swiss Army Backpack (made by Wenger, not Victorinox) with a small tear where one of the straps attaches.

Win!

Oh, I can take a picture if any skeptics need proof.
 

NotSoSimple

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My girlfriend works at a Drs office near a locla hospital and she noticed 3 PALLETS OF COMPUTERS AND MONITORS! So she told me, I drove down and scoped it out. Couldnt get in close becuase their were alot of people. So I call tonight from the parking lot and this snotty lady answers and is all rude. I nicely ask her if they are going to throw them out and if they mind if I take one for a school project. She tells me they are not for me and she reminded me this was the hospital after all and hung up.

Sooo I gave them a chance..Tomorrow night im taking a friend or two and doing it heist style. Roll up fast, Jump out, swing open the doors, pitch in as many as we can, close doors, jump in and speed off. Catch me now rent-a-pig!

Ill give you all a run down on it in a couple nights, maybe pics. Wish me luck guys!
 

Wampa

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Have fun! I find that every once and a while my DD friend and I like to do a quick 'hit' on a dumpster that is right out in the open, just to see how fast we can get in and out and if anybody will see us. It is a total adrenaline rush :)
 

humvee13

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Anyone in the Long Island, NY area wanna DD, I used to do it last year but never knew of good spots.

Anyone know some good spots and want to go around the long island area, I got a pickup truck ready to haul!!
 

StOoTs26

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Originally posted by Wampa
Heh heh...I just found that funny :)

I found parts to desks in the Office Max dumpster and the neighboring dumpster, but nothing complete. Did you find that desk all in one piece, Stoots?


Yes I did, well one of the sides was completely off, so all I had to do is get some new screws and go to work. As far as the droors they had no rails and they where out of it and thrown everywhere. So I went to wallmart and got all my rails and fixed this beast up. It still needs some work though, but hey One man's junk is another man's treasure.
 

nochay

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Originally posted by NotSoSimple
My girlfriend works at a Drs office near a locla hospital and she noticed 3 PALLETS OF COMPUTERS AND MONITORS! So she told me, I drove down and scoped it out. Couldnt get in close becuase their were alot of people. So I call tonight from the parking lot and this snotty lady answers and is all rude. I nicely ask her if they are going to throw them out and if they mind if I take one for a school project. She tells me they are not for me and she reminded me this was the hospital after all and hung up.

Sooo I gave them a chance..Tomorrow night im taking a friend or two and doing it heist style. Roll up fast, Jump out, swing open the doors, pitch in as many as we can, close doors, jump in and speed off. Catch me now rent-a-pig!

Ill give you all a run down on it in a couple nights, maybe pics. Wish me luck guys!

NotSoSimple: go for it. I hate people who say it is just there, and it is not yours. Who knows, maybe she is protecting "her computers" and was rude to you because she staked it out. If they are a decent computer, I could really use one. Let me know if they are a good computer. I don't except it to be a pentium 4, but something a little upgraded on the technology scale ;)


To me, it would be fair game. They are sitting loaded on pallets, near a trash can, or out in the open. It's not like they are boxed up, and have new pentium 4 stickers all over them. If they wanted to keep them, they would protect them from the elements!!!

Dane
 

NotSoSimple

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Hmm well after sitting in the parking lot for 15 minutes, the security didnt leave. They sat in there little cart the whole time. Pissed me off, but Im not leaving that lot alone. Tonight it will get stalked upon again.

Instead, I took a buddy and we hit two local computer shops, and Staples. Found a HP CD-RW (Not Tested), A7N8X BackPlate, about 5 PC Magazines w/ CD-ROM Included (Not slashed up!) and one Computer Shopper Mag, and finally the correct base for my leather office chair. When I dove it, it didnt have a base, so I finally found one that works so it will be complete!

Ill hit up the hospital later tonight, see if the rent-a-cops are out for a donut break.
 

mrbobo

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Security has only messed with me once, and I just told them I was looking for boxes. :D

Now me and my friends also got pulled over once, and the cop ran my tag, got all of our licenses, and asked what we were doing. I told the cop that we were moving and needed boxes, he said why are you moving at 3 in the morning? I told him you have no clue what it's like living with my mom, and he let us go. :p
 

DiskSpeed

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Does anyone know about the legality of this in Texas?

edit:

also if anyone is from Denton,TX send me a PM!
 
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Went tonight. Drove the few miles to a retail park that usually has something for me, but didn't have any luck in the PC shop dumpster. However, I got a weird point of sale thing from an electrical chain store that looks brand new. It's about 3' high by maybe 8" wide, with a strip light inside, I guess you're meant to put posters in it so they're lit up from behind. The protective covering is still on the perspex at the front, it's opaque white so it might make quite an unusual lamp. I'll wait untill it dries out to plug it in though, it's raining here. It needs a new plug 'cos the old one is smashed, I wonder if that's why they threw it out?:eek::).

Anyway, I figured I might as well try the bins at my local supermarket. After working up the courage to go up to them....SCORE!!! Loads of food and other stuff. Mainly dented tins or damaged packaging. Amongst other things:

15+ cans of cola, 10 soft packs of fruit juice
6 cans of beer:)
5kg bag of Basmati rice with a tiny tear in it.....Basmati is ****ing expensive:D:D
muesli bars
cans of tomatoes, hot dogs, fruit slices (several of each, all slightly dented)
packet soup
4 litre cartons of UHT milk.
Bag of pasta, again a tiny tear in the bag
bottles of shampoo and fabric conditioner

I plan on going back, that's for sure:)

Rich :¬)
 

Poop

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It's been about three months since I've gone DD'n and I think I'm about to break it tonight....

Just kind of been turned off from it since a run in with the police (and it was my favorite spot, too.) but what the hell.

It's going to be fun, being it's single digits with a wind chill in the negative.
 

mrbobo

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I'm going out tonight first time I've gone in awhile I'll report my findings:D
 

jpmkm

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Well instead of studying for my russian test tomorrow I went out to the office equipment company here in town and I got a 30 gig western digital "recertified" hard drive. There was a bit of toner on it but it works just fine. 15 fucking degrees F out there too(there's a bank with a temp display that I drive by. It's just a reminder of how crazy I am for doing this shit). I got a cash register there a few days ago, but the printer module is missing so I can't do anything with it. It should be good for a couple vfd displays(numeric only, though:mad: ) and a couple cool keyswitches though. I've also gotten a small tv out there with the cable plug missing, but I should be getting a part tomorrow to fix that. When I was home over Christmas I pulled a nice microwave out of oriface max and it is just missing the turntable. That's about it. Oh yeah and there was quite a few hardcore porn mags out at this place, but I was only able to grab one(I wasn't about to jump into a dumpster in 10 degree weather to get some damn porn mags).
 

cyber_lord

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just read all of the 179 pages. I have thought about dding before. But now, tonights the night. I'll hope to have pics of the findings in the next couple days.
 

jpmkm

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Originally posted by cyber_lord
just read all of the 179 pages. I have thought about dding before. But now, tonights the night. I'll hope to have pics of the findings in the next couple days.
Holy shit I can't believe you read all through the pages! I understand how addicting it can get though, reading about what people find. Not nearly as addicting as dumpster diving itself though. I've been going out nearly every night now. A lot of times I don't find much of anything, but it's like gambling - there MIGHT be something there so I just have to look. I just wish we had a dding forum here instead of this hugeass thread. Welcome to the forums and enjoy your stay.
 

Wampa

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Went diving a bit tonight. We cruised to another Best Buy, Circuit City, and Office Depot, and they had a compactor, a compactor, and a locked dumpster (we pried up the side a bit and peeked in but there was nothing interesting). Drove around for at least half an hour looking for stupid CompUSA...next time we will have to Mapquest it. At the end of the night we hit up our favorite location, OfficeMax, and scored a box of DVD+R discs (FujiFilm) valued at $25. We have a you-get-what-you-grab policy, so he got 3 discs while I got 7. They are all still shrink-wrapped in their jewel cases. Next time CompUSA is making the list :).
 

AJG199

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Originally posted by Wampa
Went diving a bit tonight. We cruised to another Best Buy, Circuit City, and Office Depot, and they had a compactor, a compactor, and a locked dumpster (we pried up the side a bit and peeked in but there was nothing interesting). Drove around for at least half an hour looking for stupid CompUSA...next time we will have to Mapquest it. At the end of the night we hit up our favorite location, OfficeMax, and scored a box of DVD+R discs (FujiFilm) valued at $25. We have a you-get-what-you-grab policy, so he got 3 discs while I got 7. They are all still shrink-wrapped in their jewel cases. Next time CompUSA is making the list :).

I GRABBED 2 BUT YOU STOLE THEM FROM ME!!!! :D heh jk good policy you got. i'd be bitchin if i only got 3 tho haha.

AJ

p.s. it all evens out anyways
 

Poop

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I've nabbed some stuff out of CompUSA dumpsters, but I'm more interested in the search for interesting stuff; IE weird hardware shit and just anything out of the ordinary.


Check places other than retail, it's more fun. Like office buildings.
 

NotSoSimple

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Do office building dumpsters really pay off? Like big offices (Corporations) or smaller (10-20 person offices)?
 

Peale

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Originally posted by NotSoSimple
Do office building dumpsters really pay off? Like big offices (Corporations) or smaller (10-20 person offices)?

Both! But you never know what you're going to get. Dive early, dive often.
 

jpmkm

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Originally posted by workingnonstop
Your site appears to be down? :confused:
Yeah no kidding. I came across dumpsterworld.com the other day but there was nothing there. Get it up!
 

AJG199

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Originally posted by jpmkm
Yeah no kidding. I came across dumpsterworld.com the other day but there was nothing there. Get it up!

may i suggest a blue little pill? :p

AJ
 

mrbobo

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Yes, I'm a moron lol, I FTPED to what I thought was my personal page turns out I had the account name for dumpsterworld in the ftp client and wrote over everything. :rolleyes: Yes I'm a moron.

it's up now and will be up for good ;)
 

Benny Blanco

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Not dumpster diving, but off the street... 2 (two) cd duplicators.

Specs: PIII 750mhz socket 370
EPoX EP-3VCA (apollo kt133a)
64mb PC100
20gb Quantum Fireball Plus
4 "initio" ultraSCSI cards
12 SCSI CD-RW's, 12x10x32
1 ISA bootrom controller thingamashit
2 power supplies, 1 ATX and 1 AT
4 sunon fans :cool:

This first one seems to be fully functional. I'm assuming the other one works also, but I havent picked it up from my friend yet. The guy knows nothing about computers, but he knows enough to take stuff he finds on the street and call me up :)

I'm gonna part one out, and keep the other... :)

dup1.jpg
dup2.jpg

dup3.jpg
dup4.jpg


(ph34r the santa clause mug)
 

nochay

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Originally posted by Benny Blanco
Not dumpster diving, but off the street... 2 (two) cd duplicators.

Specs: PIII 750mhz socket 370
EPoX EP-3VCA (apollo kt133a)
64mb PC100
20gb Quantum Fireball Plus
4 "initio" ultraSCSI cards
12 SCSI CD-RW's, 12x10x32
1 ISA bootrom controller thingamashit
2 power supplies, 1 ATX and 1 AT
4 sunon fans :cool:

This first one seems to be fully functional. I'm assuming the other one works also, but I havent picked it up from my friend yet. The guy knows nothing about computers, but he knows enough to take stuff he finds on the street and call me up :)

I'm gonna part one out, and keep the other... :)

(ph34r the santa clause mug)

would you be interested in selling one of these? what is your price?

Dane
 

Benny Blanco

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Nah, because I have no idea what the reliability is. I did play around with one, and it looks fully functional, but I could not guarantee it, therefore I couldn't accept money for it. I will be parting one out, and keeping the other for some possible time travelling :p

Oh, and whoever said they are worthless, is a homo.
 

Poop

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I'll take one of the 12x SCSI burners off of your hands.

If you'd be parting out in the future.
 
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Originally posted by Benny Blanco
Oh, and whoever said they are worthless, is a homo.

Do you lack basic reading skills? I said they were worthless in a production environment.

You have two towers built with obsolete drives on an expensive obsolete interface on an obsolete platform.

I'm sure they're cool to you and your friends, but to a professional they're so much garbage; that's why they were thrown out.
 

Benny Blanco

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Originally posted by Talon Blackrazor
Do you lack basic reading skills? I said they were worthless in a production environment.

You have two towers built with obsolete drives on an expensive obsolete interface on an obsolete platform.

I'm sure they're cool to you and your friends, but to a professional they're so much garbage; that's why they were thrown out.
If they work, how could they be worthless?

It has a 20gb hard drive able to store probably about 22 cd's. I'm guessing that the hard drive can be swapped for a bigger drive as well. It has 12 cd burners that may not be 52x, but if they do the job, then that's all that matters. If it works, which it appears it will, then it's hardly obsolete.

I don't know about lancaster PA but in NYC people get rid of things for different reasons, know what I mean??

Anyway I will test it out later tonight.
 

SpangeMonkee

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ooh ooh.. I always wanted to try the multiple drive burning in Nero..

What OS is installed..?
 
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