(New photo due to new location pending, 4-Sep-11)
Business Name: 3R Technology
Address:

5511 1st Ave. S

Seattle, WA 98108

Phone: (206) 957-2682, or toll-free (888) 957-2682
Hours:
08:30 - 18:00 Mon - Fri, and 10:00 - 16:30 Saturday.
Web Site?
Primary Line: Computer systems, parts, and accessories of all kinds.
Secondary Line: Network hardware, telephone equipment, audio & video gear, both 'prosumer' and professional, and miscellaneous electronics.
Pricing (Primary Line): B
Pricing (Secondary Line): B +
Variety Grade:
Variable: Expect A to B -
Customer Service Grade: A++
Overall Grade: A -

I've often found, in my travels, that some of the best scrounging spots are those which you hear about only through word-of-mouth. Such was the case with myself and 3R. A friend of mine suggested I check them out, but he couldn't remember the name clearly. Fortunately, he knew the directions well, and that's a good thing because they started out as one of those 'hole-in-the-wall' places you'd completely miss if you didn't know where to turn and where to look (their original location was off an unpaved gravel 'street!')

3R is both a recycler and a reseller. Anyone can buy from them, from individuals to governments, and I'm pleased to say the place exceeded my expectations in many ways. Don't be fooled by their deceptively small appearance from the front! They have a well-organized store area, and an extensive set of shelves in the back crammed full of goodies.


One of the best features of 3R is their phenomenal customer service! I had bought an APC SmartUPS UPS which turned out to be DOA. They were very willing to work with me to make it right, including offering a full refund or store credit, my choice, and they could not have been more pleasant about the whole affair.

I had also, during the same visit, expressed an interest in a DVD video recorder which had not yet been checked out. No problem! They were happy to assist me in testing it, and setting a (very reasonable) price, all in less than 20 minutes.

This place, as far as I'm concerned, goes in the "Absolutely Required" stops list for any scrounger in the Seattle area. Happy hunting!

 

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