Austin, Texas Computerworks Goodwill
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Fri Mar 16 12:13:38 CDT 2007
>Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 13:57:40 -0500
>From: Jim Battle <frustum at pacbell.net>
>I've had it with the Computerworks in Austin. Please let me rant;
>nobody else will appreciate it.
>When I moved to Austin a couple years ago, I had high hopes.
>Austin (and San Antonio, and probably some other cities) Goodwill sends
>all of their computer donations to a specialized goodwill, marketed as
>"ComputerWorks"; the theory is that most goodwill's don't have skilled
>employees to know what is interesting or not and how to price it; I
>agree that is the case.
>The Austin Computerworks even has a vintage computer museum, so that led
>me to believe the appreciated vintage computers.
>Bzzt. Not so.
>What makes this even more insidious is that when I go to the local run
>of the mill goodwills and inquire about what they do with old computer
>donations, they say they ship them to computer works to deal with them.
>So essentially it is a vintage computer magnet attached to a wood chipper.
My main interest is in old Macintosh and clone machines. I mostly
lost interest in the Computer Works store when it became obvious that
they would no longer put anything older than a Beige G3 on the
But just to rub it in, they keep a Macintosh 128K up on a top shelf
in the sales area which is not for sale. Why display such a
collectable, when they will never offer anything remotely similar for
sale ever again?
Before they changed locations they had a nice little collection of
SE/30s on one of the top shelves.
Before they changed policies, I picked up a PM9150, a bunch of old
unobtainium NuBus cards, and similar bits and pieces. Now, phsssst.
I flap my tongue and direct spittle in their general direction.
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