Computer Values

From: Marty <>
Date: Tue May 19 10:17:48 1998

 I have a Heathkit EC-1 analog computer in operational condition with
 the patch cables, assortment of caps and resistors plus the operating
 manual. I have entertained selling this (robbing Peter to pay Paul) to
 help fund a 1939 pre-war television acquisition. A dilemma. Should I
 part with the EC-1 I doubt I will ever find another. As toward the
 value of the EC-1 I don't have a clue but would like to know what
 anyone else thinks a fair price would be.

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Subject: Re: Computer Values
Author: at internet
Date: 5/15/98 5:38 PM

 On Thu, 14 May 1998, Marvin wrote:
> a TRS-80 Model 4P and a Coco 2. IMNSHO, the values of all computers will
> vary greatly depending on the knowledge and experience of the person
> doing the valuation. Hmmm, sounds just like *every* other form of
> collecting.
 I used to collect coins when I was a kid, and the Blue Book (wholesale
 values) and Red Book (retail values) were my bibles. Coins had a pretty
 good grading system, and you could find fairly reliable production data.
 I don't know of anybody that has tried to do anything close to this for
> I, for one, do like to see what E-Bay is doing. I kept track for a
> while of the people who were bidding on the stuff, and there were a
> number of people there who were collectors. Last year, I was bidding on
> a Sol-20, and the guy who outbid me won the bid at $800 or so. High? I
> talked with the guy later on, and the machine was in mint condition, had
> all the original documentation, and also included some of the
> peripherals. The Altairs that have been sold there are *all* selling
> below the prices I have seen for similar systems.
 eBay and other online auctions are probably the best gauges of prices
 there are, because they represent fairly efficient markets. In fact, some
 online auctions that move their own inventory do regression analysis that
 tells them more or less what price they can expect to get for any given
 item. If somebody were to do the same analysis on person-to-person
 auction data, that would be a very good starting place for a price
 guide (especially from an auction like Haggle Online that also stores
 condition, make, and model information :-).
 If you only look at one or two anecdotal transactions, that doesn't tell
 you much.
> FWIW, I tend to value my collection in the millions of dollars. And
> that is probably conservative ... if one were to go back in time and
> look at what the stuff cost new :).
 The real question is what value does your insurance company place on your
 collect. My guess is that they would value an Apple 1 based on a twenty
 year depreciation starting with a $666 basis!
 BTW, if, hypothetically, I were to find somebody willing to sell me a
 Heathkit EC-1 analog computer in good condition, what value would you
 experts assign to it, and what would you base your valuation on?
 -- Doug
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