Ebay: "new" 029 Keypunch
wdonzelli at gmail.com
Tue Dec 30 18:41:14 CST 2008
> Really? Reaction on this list to the original govliq lot seemed to
> indicate otherwise. I don't know how often they come up on ebay
> because I don't have an active search looking for them.
Most I see are not on Ebay. In the past couple of years, I have come
across maybe six 029 and 129 machines _off_ Ebay, then there are the
ones that we see _on_ Ebay. 029s and 129s seem to be neck and neck as
far as availability. Other keystations, like the 024 and 026 are not.
Then there are some weird variants, generally part of data comm sets,
that really are rare. But then, often the difference is only a hair
more than a new tag.
> Still, considering that someone snatched that one up with a buy-it-now
> option instead of waiting out the auction tells me that they aren't
> common on ebay either.
Lots of people, including some of the mainframe collectors (big guns),
still think that the 029s and 129s are really rare. I suspect they are
not looking past their screens. For those of us that are actually
doing the legwork, the things just come around.
> While rare is a relative and not an absolute term, I don't think this
> sort of item (particularly in this condition) would qualify as common.
Yes, the condition matters greatly in this example. I will admit that.
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