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

From: Hans Franke <Hans.Franke_at_mch20.sbs.de>
Date: Wed Dec 16 13:42:34 1998

> > > 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.

Gee, I think we all shlould help.

> 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.

If it's that way, I'm also guilty. Profit _is_ obscene. Earning a
life is ok, but profit ? Call me a comunist, but I belive society
and especialy the government is to preserve the chance for everybody
to earn his life - thats why I'm paying almost half my income in taxes.

But anyway, norw Marvin is geting serious:

> 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.

Three Altair, running, with docs, Terminals, etc. ? If you
now add a well known small, orange coloured box and I will
call Pakistan Airways tomorrow morning to order two round
trip tickets California, Bavaria and back.

> But just remember the old saying, if you have to ask how much it costs, you
> probably can't afford it!

But if you don't ask, you're plain stupid.


P.S.: We have a simple taste - simply the best :)

Ich denke, also bin ich, also gut
Received on Wed Dec 16 1998 - 13:42:34 GMT

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