ka... ching!

Brad H vintagecomputer at bettercomputing.net
Sat Oct 1 16:17:18 CDT 2016

I second what Mike says, Chuck.
I don't enjoy fighting with these deep pocketed 'collectors', especiallu knowing a lot of this stuff is destined for a trophy case never to be used.  But.. that's the free market.  Plus high prices ensure I'm not able to immediately fill my basement. :)
I actually find myself more excited by reproduction.. I think as cool as it would have been to own an original TVT building one myself has really made it special.  Along the way I keep finding new potential projects.    

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-------- Original message --------
From: Mike Stein <mhs.stein at gmail.com> 
Date: 2016-10-01  1:47 PM  (GMT-08:00) 
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org> 
Subject: Re: ka... ching! 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com>
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2016 2:12 PM
Subject: Re: ka... ching!

> On 10/01/2016 08:27 AM, js at cimmeri.com wrote:
>> Ohhhh, I see.    Now that makes sense -- Thanks, Al.    But, like 
>> airplanes and boats, this looks like only a rich person's game.
> Sigh.  There was a time when I was in this old computer stuff to help
> out people who were trying to do something or retrieve otherwise lost
> information.
> 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
Please don't, Chuck!

You're one of the most prolific sources of information and helpful advice in this hobby, across almost all platforms, and you would be sorely missed indeed.

Obviously I don't have anything close to what you have to contribute, but my reasons for spending time on these lists & forums are more or less the same (as well as the hope of regaining some space in my house ;-). 

For various reasons I've also from time to time reflected on why I waste so much time on what is just old junk to most people; someone here (Al? Fred?) once asked rhetorically how much money or lost income we spend just storing this crap, and that in particular hit home.

I did get rid of a fair bit of stuff after the unpleasantness on the Vintage Forum and have cut back a lot on the time I spend on the various lists, but when I consider 'getting out of the racket' completely the friends I've made and the occasional opportunity to actually help someone with a hard-to-find item or even a piece of advice have kept me 'in it' after all.

Please don't go!


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