State of the Hobby

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Thu Jul 1 15:04:16 1999

--- John Foust <> wrote:
> At 11:02 AM 7/1/99 -0600, you wrote:
> >I'm presently in the process of selling off excess 8" floppy drives for $5
> each,

Hmm... Whatcha got? I'm looking for an 8" drive that I can attach to a PeeCee
to read/write my old disks. I do have a 1/2-height drive that came with a
DataRAM PDP-11 clone (along with an ST506 interface that emulates an RL02,
but with no docs).

Do you have any +12v/+5v 8" floppies, or only 24v-motor ones?
> Similarly, you'd think there would be a web site somewhere to
> remind people of the rapid devaluation of the value of computer
> equipment - say, perhaps the flip side of Moore's Law, that shows
> how simply purchasing and opening the box of a new computer causes
> a significant drop in value, followed by subsequent halvings of
> resale value every six months, until it quickly reaches the
> "nuisance fee" level mentioned above, where the cost of shipping
> and packing seems to exceed the street price.

The general trend I've seen is 10% of MSRP at five years old, 1% at ten
years old. There are exceptions, but it's a good rule of thumb (Think
about what was new and selling for big bucks in 1989, then figure out what
Goodwill is getting for it right now, for a comparison). In 1984-1985,
a PC-AT was (decked out with 40Mb disk and a meg or two of RAM) $5K. Ten
years later, they were well below $100 and frequently spotted at $50. There's
the 1%.

It's not absolute, but it gives me an idea about what to pay for an item,
Altairs and Apple I's notwithstanding.


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