Re. imsai 2

From: John Foust <>
Date: Mon Aug 23 09:14:14 1999

At 10:39 AM 8/22/99 -0400, Bill Sudbrink wrote:
>"Gee, that's too bad. If you hadn't rewound the transformer on that
>IMSAI, it would be worth $50,000. But since it works, it's only
>worth $25. Remember folks, never fix anything. The original non-working
>lump of metal is worth far more than a machine that does what it was
>actually designed to do."

I guess you don't watch the Antiques Roadshow very often. They routinely
dash people's hopes by saying "Gee, if back in 1950 you hadn't refinished
this 1820 chest of drawers, it would be worth $25,000. But now it's
worth $250."

It all comes down to each person's perception of value. And of course,
the sale price is ultimately determined one buyer and one seller.

- John

P.S. For the non-USAians, "Antiques Roadshow" is a television program
on the public television network. It travels from city to city, opening
up a convention hall to the public to bring in their antiques for free
appraisal by their teams of expert auctioneers and collectors.
Received on Mon Aug 23 1999 - 09:14:14 BST

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