MarketPlace

Need a FreeStation but cannot build it yourself?
We (FreeStation) cannot build stations for all those who need them.  Our efforts are focused on new designs for stations and sensors and on making these designs available with full instruction for others to build from. If you need a FreeStation but do not have the skills, tools or time to build one, FreeStation MarketPlace connects you with someone who can.  This is how it works:
  • Those wishing to volunteer or receive payment for building FreeStations (the vendor)  list the stations they can build on Ebay using the keyword FreeStation.org.  You search Ebay for FreeStation.org to find them.  Stations should be listed using the correct FreeStation.org station or sensor names and include a link to the relevant build and install documentation at FreeStation.org
  • The vendor sources components and tools carefully according to the FreeStation bill of materials and charges the customer the parts cost plus labour costs (or zero labour if volunteering) plus postage costs for each station purchased.  
  • The total cost the customer should pay is no more than double the FreeStation.org listed  parts cost for a FreeStation or FreeSensor plus reasonable postage.  The doubling covers the labour cost which clearly increases with the complexity of the station (as reflected in parts cost).
  • The vendor must follow the FreeStation hardware design exactly as this is easily built, well tested with >100 successfully made and deployed. The vendor must label the device a FreeStation, upload the correct FreeStation firmware and test that the device is working and collecting correct data before shipping to you.
  • The transaction is between you and the vendor.  FreeStation.org takes no commission and has no responsibility for the transaction. Non-delivery, damage or malfunction on delivery needs to be solved directly with the vendor using Ebay's procedures for this.  Only where there is a known problem with FreeStation firmware will we support by providing updated firmware.
  • The vendor must abide by consumer law.  In the UK this means a full refund needs to be given if the customer rejects the item as faulty within 30 days of purchase.  Beyond the 30 day period the vendor must be given the opportunity to repair or replace the goods if found to be faulty within six months of delivery, unless the vendor can prove the fault was not present at the time of delivery.
  • If you cannot find a FreeStation vendor, encourage local electronic, robotics or IT enthusiast groups to contribute to your initiative using Ebay as a platform to facilitate the transaction required and protect the vendor and yourself
  • The customer is not permitted to re-sell a station or sensor for higher price than it was purchased.

Want to volunteer or get paid to build FreeStations for others?
Whether you are a student, retiree or hobbyist, If you have basic maker skills (soldering, use of power tools) and some basic tools you are free to use our designs to build low cost sensors and stations for those interested in monitoring the environment.  You can do so as a volunteer or have your labour reimbursed.  FreeStation MarketPlace is the mechanism that connects those with time and skills to those who need a low cost station or sensor.  This is how it works:
  • You list on Ebay the FreeStation designs that you are able to build  using the keyword FreeStation.org.  Stations should be listed using the correct FreeStation.org station or sensor names and include a link to the relevant build and install documentation at FreeStation.org
  • You  source components and tools carefully according to the FreeStation bill of materials and charge the customer the parts cost plus labour costs (or zero labour if volunteering) plus postage costs. 
  • The total cost the customer should pay is no more than double the listed FreeStation parts cost for a FreeStation or FreeSensor plus reasonable postage.  The doubling covers the labour cost which clearly increases with the complexity of the station (as reflected in parts cost).
  • You must follow the FreeStation hardware design exactly as this is easily built, well tested with >100 made and deployed. You must label the device a FreeStation, upload the correct FreeStation firmware and test that the device is working and collecting correct data before shipping
  • Your listing should provide a good estimate of the time it will take you to build and deliver, especially if you do not keep a stock. 
  • The  customer orders and pays for the station and you build, test and send direct to the customer
  • The transaction is between you and the customer.  FreeStation.org takes no commission and has no responsibility for the transaction. Non-delivery, damage or malfunction on delivery needs to be solved by you directly with the customer using Ebay's procedures for this.  Only where there is a known problem with FreeStation firmware will we support by providing updated firmware.
  • You must abide by consumer law.  In the UK this means a full refund needs to be given if the customer rejects the item as faulty within 30 days of purchase.  Beyond the 30 day period the vendor must be given the opportunity to repair or replace the goods if found to be faulty within six months of delivery, unless the vendor can prove the fault was not present at the time of delivery.
  • The customer is not permitted to re-sell a station or sensor for higher price than it was purchased.