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    Giving back.. Switch adapted mice etc... Special cases.

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    Lacehim wrote on Today at 22:52:
    Hi AM,

    Thought I would ask you for some advice. *Ive been switch adapting toys & computer mice for a local therapy centre to help them out. *Companies sell switch adapted mice for $75 when parts are probably $20 max (inc a new mouse). *Seems anything with the word "special needs" attracts a premium price.

    Anyway, they are harrassing to pay me for my work and have a few families wanting me to do stuff for them. *Before I run headlong into this I was wondering if you knew if I would be legally required to comply with any standards or have to get some qualifications to do this work? *More to cover my ass than anything else. *Not so worried about the toys, they all run on batteries and I dont touch 240v stuff, *but the mice are connected to a computer and draws power from it so I was concerned about that.

    I thought this might keep me busy when Im not looking after the kids or making coffee, and more than anything it will help some families out with kids that have a disability and cant afford the expensive equip to use at home.

    Thanks for reading...

    Michael
    You do know I just dumped about 20 working mice.. Had a gut full of serial / ps2 and usb crap all around the place..

    1: Volunteer work can be very interesting / rewarding and full of traps..

    I will not go into the issues of Working and not receiving payment in accordance with state and federal regs etc. *But ther are ways to manage it so that both parties are covered in the event of something going out of shape.

    2: Special / Health / Medical.. Just get the same item and give it a 300% to 1000% *mark up *::)

    I know and fully understand.. *Yes some products do go through extra testing and certification and the manufacturer has to manage recalls and any undesirable events.. *But some times it is a little hard to validate for some items...

    Some of the stuff on the web, for a mouse is a high as $150 *:o

    Interest fact is I could not see any on that bay of need.. Interesting....

    3: If ya not accessing or tapping into voltages above 50V dc */ 32V ac then you should be OK..

    Un aware of any thing higher on a standard PC than 12Vdc and or 24Vdc in special cases... so unless ya running a trippler / voltage ladder of sorts and your not breaking any seals on the Power supply etc.. Or pulling power from a separate plug pac etc -

    You should be fine.. *

    Feel free to bring an example along on Sunday.. Happy to look first hand and comment.

    Ya efforts deserve recognition.




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    Bulk Mice required

    Thanks AM.

    Would anyone know where I could buy a bulk lot of mice so that I can get this project underway.

    I would prefer to buy all the same brand, usb and optical type. Mainly so that once Ive done one, the rest will be the same, usb so that drivers/ports arent an issue and optical so that the kids dont eat the ball. :)

    My kids have got a lot out of the switch toys and mice that Ive adapted for them. It would be great to see it become more affordable so that any child with a disability however great or small can get access to them, at home or even as a loaner from a therapy centre or SEU.

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    Re: Giving back.. Switch adapted mice etc... Special cases.

    Quote Originally Posted by 54797B7D707175180 link=1275572931/1#1 date=1275880255
    Thanks AM.

    Would anyone know where I could buy a bulk lot of mice so that I can get this project underway.

    I would prefer to buy all the same brand, usb and optical type. *Mainly so that once Ive done one, the rest will be the same, usb so that drivers/ports arent an issue and optical so that the kids dont eat the ball. :)

    My kids have got a lot out of the switch toys and mice that Ive adapted for them. *It would be great to see it become more affordable so that any child with a disability however great or small can get access to them, at home or even as a loaner from a therapy centre or SEU.
    Best way is to look at bulk buys from a manufacturer in ... YEP china.. Plenty on line..

    The issue is coming to an agreement as to min order numbers and pricing. If you have some you who actually speaks teh language etc.. It does tend to enhance teh relationship and progress.

    The other way is via a number of teh Auction houses that bulk buy from government department.. There Is one about 1k or 800M prior to that bearing place I directed you to..

    Almost opposite the Albion Bunnings - Never been there... But what is teh worse any manager can say... NO or YeS here is a box of teh damn things.. May not all work.. BUT ;) Ya on the way to get teh bearings any way.

    There is also another big PC disposal place a bit further on... Say 1k pass Di Bella Coffee and on teh L/H side as going into teh city.. Just near teh theatre...

    Google maps and street view 8-)


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    Re: Giving back.. Switch adapted mice etc... Special cases.

    WSully is going to Vietnam so he may be able source & post some back to OZ

    Also
    Epic76 may also be able to source some in Hong Kong

    KK

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    Re: Giving back.. Switch adapted mice etc... Special cases.

    Happy to help, especially for a good cause.

    Customs is likely to apply GST on that quantity but other than that, should be no problems

    Try looking at alibaba.com for suppliers. Some min order qtys are high (>3k) but several are 100 pieces at about USD$2.75 FOB.

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    Re: Giving back.. Switch adapted mice etc... Special cases.

    Thanks. That alibaba website was sure interesting.

    I might ask around and see what demand is really going to be like.

    If I can get a few pre-orders I can bulk buy parts/mice etc and bring the cost down.



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