Rare Apples, eBay, Goodwill
jfoust at threedee.com
Tue Mar 22 11:13:24 CST 2005
At 09:37 AM 3/22/2005, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
>Try looking in the phone book under "Thrift Stores". The privately owned,
>for-profit chains are actually where you're more likely to find
>interesting old computer stuff.
That's true around here, too. There are also non-Goodwill charity shops
with their own (different) policies. I think all of these places suffer
(from out collecting perspective) from subjective or uninformed policies
about all goods - not just computer stuff.
I see some charity shops run by senior-citizen volunteers around here who
routinely toss what they consider to be "junk" (like old household goods)
yet would fetch a good price if they marketed them correctly. I routinely
see graniteware (speckled-paint metal pans) and other 100-year-plus tin
items in the dumpster. Meanwhile, they're trying to sell 15-year-old
mono monitors for $15.
But as with all of these places, eBay now serves as a convenient metric
to help determine what's valuable and what price to put on the tag.
If there's a name on the label, they can search for it.
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