ka... ching!

Ian S. King isking at uw.edu
Sat Oct 1 16:13:39 CDT 2016

On Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 1:57 PM, js at cimmeri.com <js at cimmeri.com> wrote:

> On 10/1/2016 3:21 PM, N0body H0me wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: cclist at sydex.com
>>> Sent: Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:12:02 -0700
>>> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
>>> Subject: Re: ka... ching!
>>> On 10/01/2016 08:27 AM, js at cimmeri.com wrote:
>>> But, like airplanes and boats, this looks like only a rich person's game.
>>> ...
>>> The game has changed, obviously.  We are in an era now when folks with
>>> too much money and spare time and narcissism want to buy and sell and
>>> display toys rather than play with them.
>>> Looks like it's time to get out of this racket.
>>> --Chuck
>> Yeh. Once we started seeing Classical Computers that could be considered
>> 'investment grade', prices just got ridiculous for everything.  Everyone
>> with an old computer in their closet started seeing dollar-signs.
> From where I sit, the big prices seem mostly centered around Apple 1's and
> this Twiggy Lisa.  Have any other computers have gone astronomical like
> these?
> - J.

There are a couple of sellers in particular who routinely ask insane
prices, which I think distorts the economy: 'If that guy can ask a
gazillion dollars/pounds/euro for X, so can I."  I think few people
actually look at *completed* sales, i.e. what people really paid for

On one hand, it's a shame stuff ends up on ePay where it becomes the target
of 'feeding frenzy' behaviors - but it's not going to the scrappers, which
is good.

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
The Information School <http://ischool.uw.edu>
Dissertation: "Why the Conversation Mattered: Constructing a Sociotechnical
Narrative Through a Design Lens

Archivist, Voices From the Rwanda Tribunal <http://tribunalvoices.org>
Value Sensitive Design Research Lab <http://vsdesign.org>

University of Washington

There is an old Vulcan saying: "Only Nixon could go to China."

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