Coleco Adam pricing

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Fri Jan 30 15:25:07 1998

On Fri, 30 Jan 1998, Uncle Roger wrote:

> >> Also, what's a fair price for a Coleco Adam system: 2 keyboards, memory
> >> box with datacassette drives, external numeric keypad with knob (paddle?),
> >> and printer.
> >
> >$25 - $30 as long as it works.
> I have to disagree here... I'd say $50-75, possibly as high as $100 with
> the extra parts, depending on how badly one wants one. (Again, assuming
> it's working.) Mind you, that's what I'd feel comfortable selling it,
> wihtout feeling like I'd ripped someone off. I don't know if I'd pay that
> much right now, but catch me in a good month...

No way! Maybe $50 at the top end, but $75 is way too much. These are not
common, but then they're not so rare either. And we're still talking
about a hobby that is still in a relative infancy in that nobody (save for
Haddock) has come along trying to enforce some pricing structure and
rarity statistics on it, and therefore I price it based on a usability
factor. I look at it as far as this: what would be a reasonable price if
someone was trying to sell one at a swap meet? What would you expect to
pay for an old-assed, obsolete computer with no current support that some
guy had lying on the ground in a parking lot? For a Coleco Adam, I'd say
that number is between $25 - $30.

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