Scrap value of machines (was Re: ebay feedback)

From: Clint Wolff <>
Date: Sun Dec 5 21:34:49 1999

On Sun, 5 Dec 1999, John B wrote:

> David Winter (the guy in France) has bid on some of my items and always paid
> quickly. He seems to collect boards but does not buy entire systems.
> >I don't think any IBM 1130 is worth more than a couple of hundred in scrap
> by
> >the way. I suspect less than that.
> >
> Then I guess the scrappers will be outbidding you..... The larger 1960 mini
> computers had a lot more gold in them than the '70s models as the gold was
> plated thicker in the '60s. The 1130 (from what I can remember) has more
> than $100US in aluminum in it (just cpu + printer). I don't know what the
> gold content is.. (I'll find out.. I know a company that does).. BTW I just
> lost an IBM 360 to a gold scrapper [bid more than me]. Some of the metal
> scrappers I know never bothered to look at gold content.. what's scaring the
> hell out of me are these guys that know to the penny what they can extract
> out of it and generally bid a lot higher than most.

Where can you find out what the gold/aluminum/steel value of a
computer at? The obvious solution is to know what a scrapper is
willing to pay, and add $10 to your bid. A scrapper will never
spend more to buy something than it is worth, a collector will.

Received on Sun Dec 05 1999 - 21:34:49 GMT

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