Henrico closes $50 Apple iBook sale to general public; only Henrico residents can buy

Public sale of iBooks for the general community has been moved from August 9th to August 16th and now the iBooks will only be available for residents and taxpayers of Henrico County.

The Henrico County iBook sale scheduled for August 9th has been changed. A sale open to Henrico County residents and taxpayers ONLY will be held on August 16th at the Richmond International Raceway.

The main gate will open at 7am and the sale begins at 9am Overnight parking and camping will be prohibited.

One thousand laptops will be available on a first-come first-serve basis — limit one per person. The cost is $50 each. Cash or personal checks will be accepted.

For residents and taxpayers of Henrico County ONLY: More info here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, the iBooks running Mac OS X aren’t “good enough” for the Henrico County students and teachers, but Henrico residents want to keep them for themselves?

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  1. Ron you twit! WTF do unions have to do with anything. The school board made the decision to sell. Elected officials. The school board made the decision to sell it on a weekend. Elected officials. The school board made the decision to sell to residents. Elected officials. Oh where in the whole decision process do unions have anything to do with this????

  2. Ron: You are right about the unions. They should work on their day off for normal pay. If not for the unions who fought for the five day work week and overtime pay, we wouldn’t have these problems. Can’t wait until the unions are broken and we return to the good old days.

  3. Da*n it! I live in neighboring Chesterfield county and was all set to grab up a couple of cheap iBooks. I had hoped after years of paying for every inbred crumb-snatcher’s measly-assed education up there, I might finally reap some benefit from the scool board’s idiocy.

    I guess my state & federal tax money is welcome when it comes time to buy the things in the first place, but I am not welcome to pick up a salvaged one…

  4. I’ll tell you why I talk about unions. They tried to unionise my company three times and failed. If the union had won it would have cost me 25% more to operate, so I would have closed down and everybody would have been out of work. The people who worked for me still call and are thankfull that we all had a job. 12 years later.

    The school unions are –well, I can’t even tell you. It’s not the teachers, it’s the rules they work under.

    Any more questions?

    MW, hell, as in the schools here are going to—-

  5. justified – “Is that even legal? To close a public sale to only certain people?”

    The Henrico County Board of Supervisors amended the County Code to allow them to close this public sale to anyone but residents of the county. See: http://www.co.henrico.va.us/

    All for 3 year old iBooks.

    Somehow I don’t see a Dell sale causing changes to a county’s code.

  6. For what it’s worth, Virginia isn’t a Union state (we’re a right-to-work state). There’s no reason to think any single employee will have anything to do with any union. The sale is on a Tuesday, during business hours. Why would anyone think that these people, union or not, would get anything other than their regular pay for this? Lastly, they certainly won’t be the teachers doing this. This is being done as a surplus sale by the county. They’ll be county employees, much like the ones who work at your local municipal centers. I’d say that sell $50,000 in laptops will likely cover some 10 employees for 3 hours or so, even if it was double-stuffed, hazard pay, holiday, night-shift overtime pay.

  7. They can’t all be good working systems, kids have been using these things, but they do have valuable parts that could be sold for more than $50.00.

    My concern is that those who don’t know will buy a crappy machine that should be parted out and complain that they didn’t get a good working computer for $50.00.

    : )

  8. Hey, ron, I’m with you. Unions are socialist institutions and as all socialist institutions make the claim that they have brought the light to everybody when it was just the sun coming up. And as for teachers – I can’t give the majority a passing grade – no matter how low paid they are, it’s not low enough.

    mw: subject— Ha! as in curriculum

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