LET'S RESOLVE THIS ISSUE was (Re: Made a deal to get a Vax 6000,2 Fujitsu Supercomputers and TOPS10???)

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Thu Nov 25 03:12:17 1999

This is starting to resemble an argument for putting things on eBay before
scrapping them. If they're priceless, then someone will at least attempt to
buy them for somewhat less than that implies.

If nobody wants 'em badly enough to pay the packing, shipping, and
associated costs, plus the scrap value then, since it's too late to leave
'em inthe scrapyard, they need to be disposed of in some way, don't they?


-----Original Message-----
From: Rodrigo Ventura <yoda_at_isr.ist.utl.pt>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Thursday, November 25, 1999 2:00 AM
Subject: Re: LET'S RESOLVE THIS ISSUE was (Re: Made a deal to get a Vax
6000,2 Fujitsu Supercomputers and TOPS10???)

> You sound like someone who burns paintings just because you
>don't have space to store them, regardless from being priceless
>Picasso's... It's not very hard to understand the following facts:
> - the majority of this list subscribers are collectors, which
>means that they like collecting certain stuff.
> - everyone understands the difference between "storing" and
>"collecting". It's impossible to prevent all minis from the planet
>from being destroyed -- store all obsolete minis. However, collectors
>are available to save a necessarily small percentage from destruction,
>by collecting them. They do this because they *love* it.
> - the average storage capacity of collectors is usually not
>very high. Not everyone is able to own a VAX, and those who are, can't
>hold more than 1-2 of such machines. Now compare this storage capacity
>with the rate you get minis (you said about 40-50 a year).
> - you can't expect to come here saying "I crush 40 minis a
>year" without people becoming upset. I guess it breaks the heart of
>every collector (at least it breaks mine...).
> Cheers,
>*** Rodrigo Martins de Matos Ventura <yoda_at_isr.ist.utl.pt>
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