Used electronics store sees boost in sales as students, parents work from home

Many school districts have adapted to the virus outbreak by moving their curriculum online, leaving students to find ways to access their courses.

Posted: Apr 22, 2020 7:27 AM
Updated: Apr 22, 2020 10:38 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As work and school moves online, a local used electronics store says they've seen a boost in sales as people adjust to the new normal.

NextStep ReUse Store in Eugene gives old tech new life. Store manager Jessica Ahrenholtz said the business has remained open by appointment only so that people can get the technology they need. Only one customer is allowed inside at a time, and the store is sanitized in between appointments. 

Many school districts have adapted to the virus outbreak by moving their curriculum online, leaving students to find ways to access their courses.

"It's a little hidden secret that a lot of people don't know about us. Because we always give students a discount and we're usually going to make it affordable so you can get out the door with something that's going to work for you,” Ahrenholtz said.

Ahrenholtz said students can often find a laptop that will do everything they need, including videoconferencing, for around $130 with the student discount.

The store is open Monday through Saturday, but an appointment is required. The store also carries computer monitors and some accessories. You can find more information including store hours here.

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