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    Pelco Video Surveillance system.

    I picked up a Pelco DX 7100 Series digital video recorder for $10.........It come with the dome mounts for putting the camera(s) on a wall, a fuse box, a matrix switch, a KBD300A joystick/keyboard(?) a cabinet, A CDU box, and one other item, which escapes me, that is a part of the system.....I do not think the system is entirely complete, but was curious what I could make off of it on ebay, or if there is more value in scrapping it? (I'm leaning towards resale value.) The DVR runs on Windows 2000, the one intact camera had a piece of plastic break off when I was holding it looking it over. I am quite sure I will not be able to test everything, except the DVR, and was looking for advice on that, as well as how I should sale the items........I will get pictures posted to this thread ASAP.






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    If it is sellable at all it will, without exception, have higher resale value than scrap value. To get an estimate of what it might get on Ebay check the "sold" and "completed" filters when you search. If you see a sold one check the listing to see how they described it. That could help your own description. If it is not better than scrap for whatever reason, in the future pay less than $10 for it. Can't speak for the rest of the system but you'd be extraordinarily lucky to get $10 in scrap value for the DVR, maybe if all the fingercard slots are full.
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    The "Joystick" sells for more than what you paid

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...p2045573.m1684

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    Yes, Sir.........The one I have has signs of wear......So I wouldn't try and get more than $35-40 for it.


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    There's no harm in trying but it's pretty old if it's running win 2k. Good guess ... maybe 15 - 17 years old ? It's roughly comparable to a desktop computer of that age ? Hard drive DVR storage of roughly 40 gb ?

    The newer Swann systems that i've installed over the last couple of years had 2 TB hard drives for DVR storage and even that is a bit small. The full color video resolution is so good that the camera can read the small print on a newspaper from 15 feet away. The motion tracking software for picking out shoplifters is scary good. Even the Swann stuff is obsolete within five years because the technology is evolving so rapidly these days.

    I scrapped out a couple of the older systems. There's a fairly decent mainboard as far as e-waste value goes. Didn't see much of any value in the cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post
    There's no harm in trying but it's pretty old if it's running win 2k. Good guess ... maybe 15 - 17 years old ? It's roughly comparable to a desktop computer of that age ? Hard drive DVR storage of roughly 40 gb ?

    The newer Swann systems that i've installed over the last couple of years had 2 TB hard drives for DVR storage and even that is a bit small. The full color video resolution is so good that the camera can read the small print on a newspaper from 15 feet away. The motion tracking software for picking out shoplifters is scary good. Even the Swann stuff is obsolete within five years because the technology is evolving so rapidly these days.

    I scrapped out a couple of the older systems. There's a fairly decent mainboard as far as e-waste value goes. Didn't see much of any value in the cameras.

    So essentially I am going to lose money on the system as a single purchase? I have a small, but growing collection of motherboards, peripherals, CPU's, ram sticks, and I am still trying to get more.



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    You will not make a big pay off this lot but you can learn much more value.

    I sell used electronic parts on ebay. I have sold parts more outdated than what you have there, not huge amounts but still. It's my experience and belief that a customer needs their system repaired and can't wait for a new system. Remember that installation of security equipment can take a long time and labor costs can be very high.

    I believe some of my items have been used in very old industrial machines that need to continue to run without a complex and expensive up date.

    I recommend you do a good search for you system and the individual components, including the boards. You will become educated and will profit from the experience.

    If you can't recognize blown caps on boards you should do some youtube searches so you don't sell a board that is obviously bad.

    This could easily be one of the best and cheapest educations you can receive. 73, Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    There's a pretty steep learning curve with electronics and so much of it is situational. A lot of it is trial and error. You have to figure out what works best in your own particular circumstance.

    If you spent ten bucks and learned something new .... you definitely walked away a winner !

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    Well it did work out better than expected......I put the joystick and the cable that came with it on ebay for $40 dollars plus shipping. I dropped it down to $32 plus shipping and it sold quickly. I am boxing it up and getting it ready to go out with some Honeywell transformers for two other customers. I stand to net a small profit minus ebay fees.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post
    There's no harm in trying but it's pretty old if it's running win 2k. Good guess ... maybe 15 - 17 years old ? It's roughly comparable to a desktop computer of that age ? Hard drive DVR storage of roughly 40 gb ?

    The newer Swann systems that i've installed over the last couple of years had 2 TB hard drives for DVR storage and even that is a bit small. The full color video resolution is so good that the camera can read the small print on a newspaper from 15 feet away. The motion tracking software for picking out shoplifters is scary good. Even the Swann stuff is obsolete within five years because the technology is evolving so rapidly these days.

    I scrapped out a couple of the older systems. There's a fairly decent mainboard as far as e-waste value goes. Didn't see much of any value in the cameras.
    120gb actually......Not feeling inclined to invade anyone's privacy, and not having the proper connector to read the drive, I've scrapped it out, and will eventually pass a strong magnet I got out of a microwave magnetron over it.


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    There might be an easier way. Look at the logic board on the back of the drive. Just pick off one or two of the little yellow box thingies with the point of a knife. That drive will never work again.

    If you have the little torx bit screwdriver tip ... remove the logic board and sell it as e-waste. Again .... you don't have to worry about privacy / security issues. Each board is specifically " tuned " to the individual hard drive that it's mounted on. Pull the board and the drive will be un-readable.

    Reasonably good measures for data security are a lot simpler than they make it out to be.

    Not sure if the magnet trick is effective. There are usually two pretty strong Neodymium magnets built into the drive itself. Some folks dismantle the drives and salvage the magnets. If you're having success with the e-bay thing .... selling the Neodymium magnets on line might be another income stream for you ? Not big money, but it all adds up ?

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    More on what hills said, the magnet won't erase the drive. You can use a punch to break the platters inside (where data is stored) if you're really worried. But really just popping the circuit board off the back is sufficient


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