ka... ching!

Jules Richardson jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 07:44:37 CDT 2016

On 10/01/2016 06:06 PM, Fred Cisin wrote:
>> > Looks like it's time to get out of this racket.
> On Sat, 1 Oct 2016, tony duell wrote:
>> Want to take me with you?
> I'd ask if there's room, but I'm afraid that I'm not worthy.  Besides, I
> still have too much crap that I'd want to bring along.
> Yes, it is easy to remember times when IBM 5150, '57 Chevy, Altair, Isetta,
> functioning TTYs, could be had for the effort of carrying them home.

Will old computers hold value, though? I expect that nostalgia plays a big 
part, and the majority of buyers with deep pockets today do so because they 
remember using the machines in their younger years. At some point, I expect 
that won't be the case - the people with the money couldn't tell an Apple 
from an IBM.

Perhaps what it comes down to is how much the working state of the machine 
matters. If that plays a big part... well, I expect it will be a lot harder 
to restore a vintage computer to original state compared to say a painting 
or a piece of furniture. At that point, well it's just a lump of metal and 
plastic and silicon.

I don't know, I wonder if in 5-10 years the bottom might not drop out of 
the market, except for a few niche items (Apple 1's, Altairs and the like).

> If John Titor ever answers my standing offer, one of the first things that
> I should do in the 1960s is get a warehouse.

... and the money for the taxes, upkeep, security etc.   I expect that 
storing a significant amount of stuff - particularly in conditions 
favorable to the contents - costs a significant amount of money, even if 
you have the building.



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