A Great Find & A Defense of E-Bay

From: William Donzelli <aw288_at_osfn.org>
Date: Thu Jun 15 12:21:15 2000

> And the same people who take a surplus machine, break it up
> for parts and auction it off a nut and a bolt at a time.
> Or auction a card and its associate cabling separately.
> Vultures...

Keep in mind that vultures are NOT an Ebay exclusive. People have been
doing this sort of selling since the first thing became collectable. I
don't like it, but it's life.

And to add to that, this bit about people parting machines and selling
them as parts on Ebay is way overblown. I think I have seen _three_
sellers that I suspect are doing this*. Out of the thousands that post
auctions to the vintage computer category, that's _not_too_bad_.

So quit whining about Ebay, everybody. I notice that probably half of
the people on this list use it. I'm one of them, both buying and selling.
We are not "clueless morons", thank you.

*For those that will immediately bring up the guy that sells bits of
metal from a Univac all the time - remember once he heard the slander
from this list, and it is quite clear that what he has IS only metal. The
original machine is long gone. He is not a vulture.

William Donzelli
Received on Thu Jun 15 2000 - 12:21:15 BST

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