Open-ended Apple "collection" on eBay

Scott Stevens chenmel at
Thu Jul 14 20:18:20 CDT 2005

On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 18:13:13 +0000
Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk at> wrote:

> On Thu, 2005-07-14 at 13:51 -0400, chris wrote:
> > >Yep, one of my local recyclers is like that. I think they assume
> > >that anyone who appears to be knowledgeable about what they have is
> > >immediately going to take their junk and make a fortune selling it.
> > >Tell them that it's worthless in financial terms and they think
> > >you're lying; tell them that you absolutely will not sell it on and
> > >they still think you're lying. I haven't figured out a way of
> > >dealing with that class of people yet :-(
> > 
> > Bring your SO along, pretend to spot the item and say "Oh look
> > honey, this is just like the <insert item here> we were using when
> > we met". Then have your SO say "Oh, we simply MUST buy it"
> > 
> > Then offer the guy 50% of what you really are willing to pay for it.
> > 
> > Watch the dollar signs roll in his eyes as you haggle your way up to
> > the amount you were willing to pay.
> Heh :) That probably only works once for one item though - I'm not
> sure of a good strategy for the situations where they get piles of
> retro stuff every week given to them and they just scrap it for gold
> value. 

You revise the script slightly.  She says 'that looks just like the big
pile of equipment in your apartment when we met. . .'

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