The cost of collecting debate

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Tue Jun 27 14:53:38 2000

On Tue, 27 Jun 2000, Chuck McManis wrote:

> Recently Jeff and Marvin have been debating the collecting cost issue
> again. This was one of Jeff's salvos:
> >What I *do*
> >care about though, are the poor stiffs who would like to pursue
> >computing as a hobby, but will instead have to find something
> >else to do, because the prices are out of sight.
> This is both true and a fiction at the same time. If you want to pursue
> computer collecting as a hobby there are many underrepresented areas that
> are still cheap. For example, PC/AT class computers. (aka 80286 based
> machines).
> These typically sell for in the $1 - $15 range at most places, they are
> also available for free in quite a few places.

Other ideas:

* create an archive of can find disks for all types of
  computers at thrift stores and flea markets; generally a buck or less a
  piece; a software archive is a very important element in this hobby,
  since not many people seem to be archiving software on a large scale

* create a classic computer book can find them in hoards at
  thrift stores, library book sales, and of course used book stores
  (although used book store prices tend to be a little high usually); such
  a library will be an indespensible resource for your local computer
  collector community; don't forget computer manuals and software manuals
  as well

* create an ephemera archive: t-shirts, buttons, posters, etc; this would
  basically be a material culture archive, which may bring you big bucks
  later on when a researcher or someone writing a book wants to borrow
  your collection to get some photos

All of these things can still be found cheaply and will probably remain so
since they are not as glamourous as the machines themselves (although I
would argue that software and manuals are MORE important than the

> You can complain about how your feet are tired and
> your wallet is empty, but it won't change anything.

I like that :)

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