A Great Find & A Defense of E-Bay

From: Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
Date: Fri Jun 16 11:41:34 2000

On Fri, 16 Jun 2000, Dave McGuire wrote:
> > I don't know about you...but when I go to a hamfest, I want to see
> > rows and rows of 70-year-old guys selling cool old
> > Heathkit/Collins/Hallicrafters transceivers, HUGE RF power
> > amplifiers, and commercial-quality (but homebrewed) yagi
> > antennas...not row after row of taiwanese folks selling new, cheap-ass
On Fri, 16 Jun 2000, Sellam Ismail wrote:
> Sorry to have to break it to you, but those guys sold all their stuff and
> then died.

Those guys are accumulators, not collectors. Typically, they're selling
stuff that they got while it was still current, and that they got for its
usefulness, not collectibility. They don't REALLY want to part with any
of it.

Many die before selling all the stuff. You wouldn't want to know what the
estate does with "all that worthless junk". The excutor of my will has
informal instructions to hold a garage sale and announce it here.

We are not all dead yet.

As to the Taiwan new stuff: are you familiar with the process of
"eutrophication" that lakes go through? It seems like any flea market
that is around long enough attracts permanent vendors of new stuff. More
and more; until they choke out everything else.

Grumpy Ol' Fred        cisin_at_xenosoft.com
Received on Fri Jun 16 2000 - 11:41:34 BST

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