Selling Calcomp 565 plotter
hachti at hachti.de
Tue Feb 9 10:30:05 CST 2010
> There's a small dent, less than 1mm deep. The shadows in the photo make
> it look bigger than it actually is. Some Bondo car-body filler would
> probably take care of that in short order.
Yes, but that has to be done. I had a 563 not lifting the pen correctly over such a little dent...
It's easily done. Cheap. And takes less than one hour of work.
Other thing is to replace the rubber belts inside (for the paper roll drive). But that's not too
>> 2. It is dirty.
> Oh noes! It's old, what do you expect? I've found that spending time
> on cleaning things I put on ebay (beyond wipe the dust off with a rag)
> rarely helps the sale price.
Not?!? I suspect that selling something nice and clean and - most important - without the remark
"untested and sold as is" will bring way more. It's easy to test the plotter. On eBay "untested"
usually is an euphemism for "I tried to get it working but it didn't work. But I won't tell you
that. Just know that I guarantee for nothing".
> I find it amusing when people on here say "oh, that's not rare, it so
> trivial to find them." In 99% of cases, it's not. Just because you
> might have a stash of something doesn't mean that there's any more
> available from anywhere else.
I find those plotters on a regularly basis. Not one time several units. But one here, one there etc.
The first came from scrap, the second for EUR 1 from eBay (complete with cables), the third one came
with the 11/40 (that cost me some money - about a quarter of the transport costs). The fourth (long
one) was luckily found elsewhere. And between all finds lay several months. And they were not
related by any means. So I can say that those units are still dropping in from time to time.
What I don't have are the ink pens. I'm still looking for them.
BTW it's the same with Teletype ASR33 and 35. In fact it's not always easy to get rid of those if
they're not in pristine condition.
> It takes real work, luck, and/or a lot of
> cash to find a lot of computer stuff that's more than 20 years old.
Some work, yes. Or probably cash. But not both :-)
>> 4. No pen. It will be challinging to get a pen holder for
>> the plotter.
> Shrug. I can't help there. I got the plotter in mostly the same
> condition as what I'm selling it in (they're cleaner now than before).
> You can blame probably 30 years of being stored on missing parts and
As I posted below: I could provide one. Will probably put it on eBay and post the link.
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