I am leaving the company I currently work for in two days. I currently use a hhkb pro 2 and really enjoy it. I inherited it from another colleague who asked for the company to purchase it for him while he was on-boarding. He left it at the office since "he wouldn't feel right taking something had paid for". That made sense to me and I definitely don't feel right stealing company property.

However, the keyboard is quite specialized (no labels on the keys, unusual layout, small number of overall keys) and I know that it will probably end up sitting in storage, unused for an extended period.

What would be a professional way to approach my manager to ask if I could purchase the keyboard from the company?

  • Why doesn't it have labels on the keys? Quick google search seems to indicate that normally the keys are labeled. Just curious.
    – stannius
    Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 20:41
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    I'm not entirely sure why it doesn't have labels. I suppose the idea is that if you're touch typing it shouldn't matter and the keyboard does have a nice clean look. Oh! and if you are using an alt keyboard layout (dvorak, etc.) it won't make a difference . Here's the model in question: amazon.com/dp/B008GXT6SK/ref=psdc_12879431_t1_B008GXQWOG
    – sfidf12489
    Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 21:14
  • Why not buy one and save the drama?
    – Kilisi
    Commented Sep 25, 2018 at 22:56
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    it's a $300 keyboard, I'd rather save the $$ if I could.
    – sfidf12489
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 11:43

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What would be a professional way to approach my manager to ask if I could purchase the keyboard from the company?

"Hello, would it be okay if I took this keyboard with me? I doubt anyone else would use it once I leave as it is a highly specialized product, and I am one of the few that is proficient with it".

If the answer is yes, be sure to get confirmation via email and forward this email to your private email account.

Another option would be to offer to buy it from the company and a reduced, used, rate. I would do this after you ask for it, you just might get it for free.

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    Talk to your IT department, and show them a picture of it with the blank keys. They'll want that nightmare of a keyboard out of there very quickly. IT departments hates dealing with non-standard stuff like this.
    – Nelson
    Commented Sep 27, 2018 at 12:22

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