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Selling Computers by Weight in Pakistan

Posted on August 12, 2008
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Humor, Photo of the Day, Science and Technology
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A business in Malir, Saudabad (Karachi) is selling working Computers by weight. The ad guarantees Pentium IV microprocessor PCs available in 10 or 15 kilogram versions.



The first line of the ad reads:

save thousands of rupees. Buy computers by weight

Main text in red reads:

Pentium IV Computers (available) at Rupees 399 [approx. US$6] per kilogram only

Does it show abundance of PC hardware in Pakistan? or is the country fast becoming a dumping ground for old PCs from rest of the world.


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Photo Credits: Ahmed at Flickr.com. This photo also appears in Karachi Metroblogs.

17 Comments on “Selling Computers by Weight in Pakistan”

  1. shahrukh says:
    August 12th, 2008 8:37 pm

    Lash-pash-marketing-strategy. hehehehe

  2. Anwar says:
    August 12th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Actually these computers are bought from surplus auctions and shipped off to third world countries as junk…. Market is very much saturated – it is actually hazardous waste. So it is not surprising to see the junk disposed by weight ..

  3. safvan says:
    August 12th, 2008 9:15 pm

    nevertheless with over 17 crore people this is a cheaper way to access the computers. We need more even if its a dumping ground…Beggars cannot be choosers. We should be happy our people can now get access to computers.

  4. Asma says:
    August 13th, 2008 12:06 am

    Technological Progression~

  5. Noman Baig says:
    August 13th, 2008 1:41 am

    These computers are mainly used to extract copper, silver, and gold. I have seen guys doing it in Karachi.

  6. ASAD says:
    August 13th, 2008 1:50 am

    Are they in working condition. If they are then they can be put to use. I am sure lost of people do buy them to use it, maybe after repair.

  7. saqib says:
    August 13th, 2008 2:18 am

    this is going to boost the slogan of ‘computer for everyone’
    :)

  8. August 13th, 2008 2:37 am

    This is probably dump, hazardous waste as Anwar said.
    With the typical weight of a computer being several kilos, this is not quite a bargain, esp if the computer is not operational. After all, the OLPC organization (one Laptop per Child) and a few other initiatives are working to provide new laptop computers with software (and networking and a few other gizmos relevant to developing countries) for $100.

  9. August 13th, 2008 4:40 am

    every free trade is possibly seen in pakistan this is our root cause of local industry collapse instead of putting our people we are putting them to upload like animals these genius brains of pakistanis are un-matchable but a plant always demands & deserves for water & nutrients to grow.

    Roots of the tree pakistan are strong as one can see the face of it’s gardner Muhammad Ali Jinnah after which there is no other source to approach history of pakistan.

    Salam Pakistan & it’s brave people.

  10. Ahmed says:
    August 13th, 2008 5:11 am

    These are imported by Pakistani people in containers and not being dumped by faceless corporations.

    On one hand it is good that we have cheaper computers due to this for everyone. On another hand we have problem of being a dumping ground, but we can recycle some parts since some even contain minute amounts of gold and other metals.

    What we choose to do is our choice.

  11. Spark says:
    August 13th, 2008 10:04 am

    Well, for him is the samartest idea of selling, as he seems to know the people psychology

  12. Owais Mughal says:
    August 13th, 2008 1:20 pm

    I’ve seen a news report where solder lead (Pb) out of computer PCBs is melted, collected and then resold in scrap markets of Pak. Similarly there must be a gold extraction process from gold plated IC and connector pins. The news report I saw was from Dawn of last year and showed children going through heaps of computer PCBs and salvaging whatever could be resold.

  13. sri says:
    August 13th, 2008 2:52 pm

    Dear pakistani blogger,
    We at enewss are trying to bridge Indian bloggers. However,
    we also recently made slight modification to bring Pakistani bloggers on board such that there is bloggers to bloggers contact between two countries. Whatever this may sound to you like, this is one of the efforts to air bloggers views across borders. This will give one more oppurtunity to see and understand each other well and see how the new generation think of each other.
    If you do believe in this effort, I would like you to signup at http://www.enewss.com and submit your blog rss/atom feed to ‘Pakistani blog’ category.

    This way Indian bloggers can also read the Pakistani bloggers view and comment on each other blogs and see their perspectives.
    Once we reach sufficient number of Pakistani bloggers we will show cause the category on main page.

    Best regards
    sri
    srikondoji@ebulawa.com

  14. whole LOTA love says:
    August 13th, 2008 5:23 pm

    when doodhwala can sell MILK in kilogram then why can’t computer wala???

    as they write,

    doodh 40 rupay KILO
    Nagori milk shop.

    someone’s got to tell them that sab MAYA hai

  15. Syed Saquib Saeed says:
    August 14th, 2008 10:24 am

    I couldn’t really make up my mind whether this is a nice thing or not. On one side people get affordable PCs, but on the other side, obviously not all of the dumped hardware gets recycled for building these. What happens to the left overs?

    Ok, lets consider this is a good thing for 1 minute, what would people do after actually buying one? 90% of the internet infrastructure in PK is below 15kbps. (You can’t expect a person who buys this to be able to afford high-speed broadband). This means 90% of the young generation uses it for chatting/ email purposes. Other than that, these computers are a source of wasted nights for students.

    Not really useful unless the communication infrastructure for the internet and a healthy environment in pursuing IT as a profession is available. At the moment the buyers are only buying these for entertainment purposes. Either as a Movie player, Music player, Games console or chatting :)

  16. Ahmed says:
    August 15th, 2008 11:46 pm

    @ Saquib

    Technology is a double edge sword, what a person do with it depends on his upbringing. Parent and teacher should take initiatives and channel inquisitive nature of kids towards constructive things.

    5kb/s is good enough since it all started with dial-ups here and entertainment aspect creates interest of people in computers. I come across parents asking which computer course should I enroll my kids in. Pakistani youth have lot of potential especially with home-shoring becoming a norm it is a lucrative employment opportunity not only for tech workers, but also for accountants, administrative assistants, writers, photographers, etc.

    If one can afford to give a computer to under privileged relative it will be great leveler.

    One example I have is when a teen used his neighbors computer to learn computer program because he is unable to afford the computer and computer courses. These days he is a consultant with clients in Australia to US.

  17. REALITY says:
    August 16th, 2008 4:07 pm

    For smart one, this is marketing. Rest of them continue to dig an answer for Where, Who and Why.

    Remember, monitor is included in the deal, a CRT itself is 12 lbs a piece, you do that math. In my view, Very smart way to do business.

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