Ebay notices, was re: PDP-8 on e-bay

From: Marvin <marvin_at_rain.org>
Date: Wed Jan 20 14:12:26 1999

Doug wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Jan 1999, Marvin wrote:
> > The reasons for collecting have been already discussed on this list a
> > number of times, but it is worthwhile trying to remember that for most
> > of us, this is a HOBBY done because we enjoy it.
> Agreed. And part of the fun is finding bargains, right? Let's assume
> that you find most of your bargains at swap meets. How would you like it
> if I decided it would be fun to visit the same swap meet you frequent, and
> announce all of the bargains I find over a bull horn and cell phone?
> I'm sure the sellers would love it, but my guess is that you might not
> have the same amount of fun as you otherwise might.

I understand there is more than a little competition for that stuff at some
of the bay area swap meets and perhaps that is where your philosophy comes
from. I've missed some spectacular bargains at similar swap meets, but I
also know the stuff went to good homes. When I first started collecting, I
might have had the same philosophy, but time has taught me that the real
bargains come through my contacts, not ebay. Most people who know me
realize I am not in this thing for money but rather attempting to keep as
much as I can from hitting that great dumpster in the sky. A side benefit
is helping other collectors.
Received on Wed Jan 20 1999 - 14:12:26 GMT

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