Unopened classic what should I do???

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Tue Sep 14 09:24:10 1999

The model 12 was no great thing . . . Unopened and in unused condition,
however, it might bring a fair price on eBay. That's what I'd do if I had
to deal with this.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Duell <>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Monday, September 13, 1999 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: Unopened classic what should I do???

>> > I just got a TRS-80 Model 12!! I just got a TRS-80 Model 12!! nyah
>> > It's un-opened!!! It's un-opened!!! WHOO HOO!!!!
>> >
>> >
>> >Dilemma:
>> > Should I open it and smellthe sweet scent of the ancient '80's air
>> >in it's plastic bags or let it be, and keep it's un-opened pristine
>> >state???
>> >
>> Just having the original packaging is remarkable.
>> As for me and my collection, we say keep it intact and untouched for as
>> as you can.
>This is certainly a YMMV thing....
>I'd say the opposite -- open it (as carefully as possible) and keep the
>packaging (assuming you have the space ;-)).
>I collect old computers because I enjoy using them, I enjoy fixing them,
>I enjoy figuring out how they work, I learn from them, etc. Not because I
>want to own 'valuable' objects.
>So a computer (in unknown working condition, remember!) in a sealed box
>has no interest to me at all. The same machine upacked, tested, and
>operational would be fun.
>For the same reason (and I know I'll draw flames here), if I ever
>obtained an unbuilt kit for something, my first aim would be to build it.
>A box of components is not interesting to me, the final object is.
Received on Tue Sep 14 1999 - 09:24:10 BST

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