Company Name: Weird Stuff Warehouse

384 West Caribbean Dr.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Phone: (408) 743-5650
09:30-18:00 Mon-Sat. and 11:00-17:00 Sun.
Web Site?
Primary Line: Computer and networking hardware, software, cables, and accessories.
Secondary Line: Power supplies, test equipment, LOTS of older software, wire, cable, tools, test equipment, books, equipment racks, and 'Weird Stuff!'
Pricing (Primary Line): B
Pricing (Secondary Line): B -
Variety Grade:
B +
Customer Service Grade: A +
Overall Grade: B +


Weird Stuff Warehouse goes back a long way, at least to 1986, and they've shown no signs of slowing down. I made no fewer than three visits there during Scrounge 2K16, and I ended up buying at least two items each time. They're always a most worthwhile stop, one that no scrounger should miss. You simply never know what they'll turn up.

That, in fact, is one of many things that I think makes Weird Stuff special. Just one day usually won't do it. You need to, ideally, make repeat visits because there is just so much there you'll surely miss something you could use with only one visit.

If you do end up having only one day (or even a few hours), look around as carefully as you can, go through boxes, and NEVER be afraid to ask for help to locate something specific! If the counter people can't help you directly, they can call someone in back who can. I would recommend reserving a half-day, at a bare minimum, per trip.

In fact, never be afraid to ask for something specific, and help finding it, period. The warehouse staff, though often busy, are always happy to help, and there's always the online store. Be a little careful of their prices on racks, though. They can be on the high side.

Although their once-popular sealed-bid sales are a thing of the past, they do have an extensive assortment of goodies in their Ebay store.There's a good and bad side to this, of course. The good is there's often a much greater variety of things than can be found in the retail store itself. The bad is the pricing for many items is, to my view, 'wildly optimistic' (to put it politely), or 'batshit crazy' if you're in a less-charitable frame of mind. ;-)

Of course, there's a good side to this point as well: Nearly every Ebay item they put up allows a 'Best Offer' to be sent. Take full advantage of this, if you see something you like, and don't be afraid to offer what YOU think it's actually worth. Weird Stuff may say no, at first, but if enough people make similar offers for the same item, well... You can do the math as well as I can. ;-)

Oh, and for the record -- That reflection of the 'Techmobile' visible in the store's window is pretty old. Long since replaced by a Toyota Sienna, with redone console and different antennas.


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