Adopt a scrapper and paper tape punches.

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Date: Sun Dec 5 02:27:33 1999

In a message dated 12/4/1999 10:05:36 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

> would take it seriously. It's really not a bad idea, and I'm sure our fellow
> collectors would go for it. We really need an organization to preserve old
> computers. I go to scrap yards and see classic machines ripped apart all
> ti
While I like the idea of an organization to preserve old computers I suspect
there are already several. This list actually works well for rescues.

The biggest problem is that the scrappers are rarely computer literate. If
they are they are already selling on ebay and the Internet. Most scrappers
are metals oriented. Even if they are recyclers the bottom line is the value
of the metals. Volume is the problem, you must scrap or get buried in it.

The best answer is to make friends with a scrapper. Anyone who will pay twice
the scrap value consistently will be a welcome customer. In the long run you
may get systems set aside for you to look at. Ask for particular brands or
items but don't become a pest. They need to know what you are looking for.
Check on a regular basis. Don't ask them to call you unless you are willing
to offer significant money. They are busy and you are not a major part of
their business.

I bet there are enough people on the list to cover the major scrappers in
each city. If each person adopted one we could flood this list with
equipment. And probably dump enough on ebay to depress prices.

I am adopting one here in Portland. And that brings up paper tape punches. He
has a REMEX paper tape punch and reader set. It is shrink wrapped on a pallet
and I have not had a chance to look at it yet. He wants $250 but may be open
to offers. He sells a lot of stuff to Western Numerical Controls. They are
old and extremely heavy, I would say late 70s but that is a guess. If anyone
is interested please email me off the list.

Received on Sun Dec 05 1999 - 02:27:33 GMT

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