Technology for social justice

Green PC’s Footscray store

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Opportunity shops are a popular choice for the public to find a good deal whilst helping charitable causes and the environment. However, certain regulations have made it difficult for many second-hand stores to resell technology and electronic goods like computers due to potential safety concerns.

Enterprises like Green PC however are able to deliver a quality refurbished product that overcome these issues. Phoenix Fridges, which re-gases older fridges, is another example where refurbished goods make it easier for low-income households to be able to afford a basic necessity.

Infoxchange and The Brotherhood of St Laurence have been working in partnership over the past number of years providing access to affordable computers and fridges through the Brotherhood’s shop in Footscray in inner western Melbourne.

The GreenPC retail outlet in the Brotherhood shop recently had a makeover. The feedback from customers shows they are pleased with the direct contact they receive when purchasing computers and laptops matched with appropriate software.

“Personal touch and understanding the needs of the community in the area has resulted in the customers spreading the word and increased walk-in sales opportunities,” says Geoff Stanford, Green PC Footscray store manager.

Green PC is exploring ways to effectively replicate the concept in other parts of Australia through a partnerships model as a way to extend the opportunity for everyone to participate in the digital age, irrespective of income ability or location.

*The Green PC program closed in 2016

 

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