Holy Crap! IMSAI's weren't this expensive when new!

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Mon Feb 12 10:49:24 2001

There's been a lot of hardware sold on eBay that had no assurance that it
would ever work, no documentation, missing parts, etc, and it's good to see
that people are putting enough value on that by bidding up the items that
are complete and, above all, CLEAN and undamaged.

I believe that the reason eBay prices offend so many of the folks who follow
this list is that they're accustomed to picking things out of the junk heap
and subsequently putting forth the effort to turn the "sow's ear" into the
desired "silk purse" by gather up what's needed to return the originally
junk hardware in to something of use, and, hence, of value. These high
prices simply reflect the fact that there are people out there who
appreciate that it does take lots of effort to return a 25-year-old piece of
stored-in-the-shed hardware in to a clean, functional, piece of computer
memorabilia complete with documentation and software, that actually does

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Williams" <dlw_at_trailingedge.com>
To: <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2001 9:03 AM
Subject: Re: Holy Crap! IMSAI's weren't this expensive when new!

> I think that's the same guy who recently asked me if I was
> interested. At least everything in the auction seems the same. He
> said he would put it on ebay if I wasn't interested. Well I was but it
> became clear he wanted more than I was ready to pay. He
> seemed pretty sure he could easily get $1000-$1500 for it on ebay
> so I passed. It will be interesting to see how much someone is
> willing to pay for it.
> On 11 Feb 2001, at 21:27, Jeff Hellige wrote:
> > For those that haven't seen it, someone just posted a SOL-20
> > with North Star disk system, plus manuals on eBay. The opening bid he
> > is asking is $999, while his 'Buy it now' price is $3,000. The system
> > looks in decent enough shape, but it is missing it's front panel
> > lable. Given what some of the other early S-100 bus systems have gone
> > for recently, it will be interesting to see if he gets his opening
> > price or above.
> >
> > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1214195149
> -----
> David Williams - Computer Packrat
> You can learn to like the life you live
> or live the life you like.
> dlw_at_trailingedge.com
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Received on Mon Feb 12 2001 - 10:49:24 GMT

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