E-waste porn: a tour of Silicon Valley's Weird Stuff Warehouse

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15 Responses to “E-waste porn: a tour of Silicon Valley's Weird Stuff Warehouse”

  1. eselqueso says:

    This place is amazing. You can go and get a couple cheap cables, or spend thousands on vintage tech you didn’t know you needed to have. Location is everything, being near Silicon Valley means all kinds of unusual and otherwise un findable things are packed in amongst the shelves.

  2. robotmonkeys says:

    Weird Stuff isn’t nearly as good as HSC Electronics.  At HSC you can get vintage luggable computers, vacuum tubes, and random test equipment. At Weird Stuff it’s just old printers and cardboard boxes 10 Base T ethernet hubs and AC adapters.

  3. I’ve spent many an hour there browsing and digging through boxes.

  4. Active Surplus Electronics in Toronto used to be like this twenty years ago, and there are still interesting things to be found there, but cool things like (working) Coleco Adam systems and other things like that that I used to find aren’t there anymore, sadly.

  5. jasmine says:

    There’s a place like this in Oakland too. Got some cables there on the cheap.

  6. ian dalziel says:

    Makes me think fondly of the old Edmunds Scientific Catalogues…

  7. kuangmk11 says:

    this place is less than a mile from my new house:
    http://mightyohm.com/blog/2011/01/alis-surplus-stuff/

  8. Nick Kukich says:

    Perhaps the photos didn’t properly capture the spirit of the place, but all I see is crap.  HP Vectras, old server racks and piles of deprecated cables.  And I’m a total electronics scrap hound.  This reminds me of stuff I’ve had to haul to the dump on numerous occasions.

    Portland used to have this excellent surplus shop called Wacky Willy’s.  You could find industrial control panels, high output gas laser tubes, buckets full of cool knobs/wheels/casters/fasteners, gyroscopes from Vietnam-era missiles, you name it.  I miss that place dearly.

  9. I want to go here.  With a very large shopping cart and a coupon.

  10. speleothem says:

    I used to love going to Weird Stuff Warehouse back in the ’90′s and I’m glad they’re still around.  I once dropped off a load of Bernoulli disks that my old employer, a law firm, was throwing out and Weird Stuff said they’d recycle them.  Probably not such a good idea since the disks had not been reformatted and still had lots of legal stuff on them…

  11. Kevin Pierce says:

    Weird Stuff is the Odd Lots or Closeouts of Silicon Valley, a liquidator of left over but valuable in the right hands “stuff”.   It shares a Sunnyvale Cul-de-sac with Fry’s Electronics, which means that you can go to Weird Stuff and pickup of some dubious item, knowing fair well that you can then walk across the street to Fry’s and purchase the tools and parts to repair it.

    I have a love hate relationship with Fry’s for three reasons:  1) Damnd near impossible to get help on the monsterous sales floor.  2) Unless you are on the lookout, you may be purchasing a returned it and could end up having to return it yourself (Arg!) and 3) “The Final Ignominy”, where they insist on comparing your receipt to the contents of your bag, just steps from where you paid for your purchase.

    • tmburke says:

      FYI, store security has no true power to detain you or search your belongings, they just like forcing compliance on customers. With me, it usually goes like this ‘Afternoon sir, are you aware you have no legal right to search my bag or detain me if I refuse? Everything is paid for and I would like to get on my way. Have a good day.’ Usually leaves them speechless. 

  12. alfanovember says:

    WSW is merely a small, unregarded blue planet in comparison to the galactic center of awesome junk that is Ed Grothus’ Black Hole in Los Alamos, NM. http://www.blackholesurplus.com/index.html

  13. James Penrose says:

    I used to get wonderful catalogs of surplus and junked electronics…including “Buy it by the pound” sales on barrels of stuff like ICs, gears and motors and such like.

    This is the only part of modern Internet that makes me sad, losing out on those glorious catalogs full of things I had never seen before but suddenly wanted.  :)

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