marvin at rain.org
Mon Jul 4 11:32:19 CDT 2005
What I don't understand is why most people don't take a look at the
Vintage Computer Marketplace on a regular basis.
I just sold an MPF-1 on VCM (http://www.vintagecomputermarketplace.com/)
for $20.00. Sure, I could have probably gotten more for it on Ebay, but
why not list stuff *FIRST* on VCM with a reasonable price that sellers
can live with????? And once the ad copy and photo(s) are taken, it is
trivial to move the listing over to Ebay if it doesn't sell on VCM.
And FWIW Ebay does not always bring the best pricing. An example would
be an Altair 8800 that I needed to sell for expenses that sold for $1500
a year or so ago. Considering that I had gone through it and made sure
everything worked, and the unit was in excellent condition cosmetically
and had the original manual, it probably was worth closer to $2000.
Ebay is the lazy way of retail selling without doing research on what
something is worth. And taking advantage (in some cases) of people with
more money than brains.
And I couldn't agree more with Joe's comments; there is a LOT of stuff
out there for anyone who takes the time to develop a network and
sources. As one example, I would have never gotten the worlds largest
supply of existing Polymorphic software, documentations, equipment, etc.
without the network I have in place. Nor would I (in years past) have
aquired some 50 coinop arcade games at no charge (most are now gone.)
> I don't understand why some of ypeople on this list are always
> complaining about E-bay. Where else do you think you're going to find a
> complete Microprofessor MPF-1 for £16 and never leave your desk? If you
> want bargains you have to go hunt for them or take the occasional one, like
> this one, that show up on E-bay. If you don't like E-bay's high prices
> then get off the computer and go start looking in the surplus stores, scrap
> yards, flea markets, etc etc etc. There are still PLENTY of bargains to be
> had. I have a LOT of great computers (3x SB-180s, 2x Rubicons, 2x Altairs,
> 10x Intels, 13x AIM-65s, HP-9100, 4x HP-35 Red Dots, 5x HP-1000s, PDP-8,
> etc etc etc etc) and NONE of them came from E-bay. I got ALL of them the
> hard way, by LOOKING!
> my 2 cents worth,
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