Schools nationwide are saving money on supplies—such as computer disks, power cords, and paper—by ordering them from a foundation that places overstocked merchandise in schools for almost nothing.

NAEIR—which stands for the National Exchange of Industrial Resources—solicits donations of excess inventory from corporations and redistributes them among its 9,500 members, which include schools, hospitals, day-care centers, and other nonprofit organizations.

The merchandise is brand new and costs nothing itself, although participants must pay an annual membership fee as well as shipping and handling costs.

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