ebay - Minivac 601, 1st pers. digital computer 1960s

From: Marvin <marvin_at_rain.org>
Date: Wed Dec 16 11:11:04 1998

Doug Yowza wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Bob Wood wrote:
> > As for my "Dealer Bob" status, afraid I still have most of the Altairs.
> > I have only sold duplicate items and not even all of the duplicates.
> > Still have both of my Attaches. Have become way too attached to the
> > stuff.
> I'm sure any number of people on this list would be willing to help you
> out, as long as you're willing to live with a slim margin.
> What do you say? Reform your ways. Let the bounty flow. Make money some
> other way and spread the word that computer collectors are a bunch of
> hot-headed penny-pinching geeks who you found impossible to make a buck
> from.

Slim margin, mend your ways? I think Bob is doing us all a great service
since without people like him, we would have no idea what our machines might
bring on the open market. "Slim margin" sounds like it is coming from some
of the kids who seem to think that making a profit on a sale is obscene.

Doug, I think we need to help you out of your idealistic state. And always
being willing to help, I, and I only do this to help you out, am willing to
sell you, not one, not two, but THREE, yes THREE original Altair computers.
Just the computers? Nope, I'll even throw in the original docs. But wait,
that is not all, if you act now, I will also throw in another well known
S-100 computer (and this only because I know you), a working Compu-Pro 8/16
box. But wait again. We all know that the computers as described are
almost useless and therefore I am willing to throw in not one, not two, but
FOUR genuine Soroc terminals. And because I know Sam feels much the same
way you do, I'll even include him in on this deal and let you two bid, er,
decide who will get to take advantage this generous offer. Just think, you
could be one of the few people who have more than one Altair computer. Now
we all know that an offer like this cannot last for long, but again, only
because I know you and Sam, I will extend this offer for one whole week.
What is the price you ask? Well, I have always wanted to travel the world
and see what kinds of computers are available in the lesser known parts of
the world ... like Europe. And of course, spending money will be required.
But just remember the old saying, if you have to ask how much it costs, you
probably can't afford it!
Received on Wed Dec 16 1998 - 11:11:04 GMT

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