Bay Area: IBM 4341 and HP3000

Sean Caron scaron at
Sun Jan 11 10:34:45 CST 2015

Sheesh! Not so collegial! My take has always been, if you find a hidden
gem, great, but if it gets blown up and the item's got buyers swarming and
the price is shooting up, c'est la vie... Nobody owes us cheap additions to
all our personal collections (though of course it's nice when it happens
anyway). I do miss the "old days" when so much of this stuff was just
generally available for the taking, nobody would have ever thought to fight
over it!



On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 10:15 AM, js at <js at> wrote:

> On 1/11/2015 4:50 AM, jim s wrote:
>> I talked to him at length and got a little more on the story.  ...
>> ... [snip]
>> I'm willing to say that my impression of the guy is that he had very high
>> expectations of what he had stored...
>>  No wonder.   As a buyer, the worst thing you can do with any seller is
> have a bunch of people calling up, expressing interest, and informing the
> seller that he has special items and that there are special groups of
> people out there who are interested.   Now the seller's beliefs in a high
> value are confirmed.
> It's far better for a potential buyer that the seller thinks he has junk
> only a scrap dealer is interested in.  Scrap dealers don't pay diddly squat.
> The more who call, the more the sellers hopes are raised.
> Why people who have no actual capability of purchasing these items are
> calling the seller up and taking up their time, is beyond me.  All you do
> is raise the difficulty of negotiations for the actual guy who might end up
> buying the items.
> Any actual buyer is fully capable of getting all the answers they need
> without your interference.
> For the similar reasons, as a frequent buyer, it also highly annoys me
> when systems on eBay or Craiglist are found and rebroadcasted here.  Now,
> my chance find has been made aware to a much wider audience, the
> competition shoots way up, and I have to pay more.
> Of course, there's sellers here too who benefit from the rebroadcasting.
> But I say, let them broadcast themselves.
> - J.

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