Ebay horror ...

From: joe <rigdonj_at_intellistar.net>
Date: Tue Jun 12 07:50:22 2001

At 03:11 PM 6/11/01 -0500, Jeff wrote:
>Quoting Tony Duell <ard_at_p850ug1.demon.co.uk>:
> > I think what it comes down to is 'are you in this for the money,
> > or because you enjoy repairing/using old computers'.
>Right. I would, however, tack on a note saying that it's ok to try
>and make money off of classic computing items IF that money is used
>to recover costs incurred in your collecting activities.

    I often find interesting old computers that I have no interest in
owning but that I would like to see preserved. I often buy them with the
intent of trading to other list members or selling them on E-bay. Most of
the one that I sell or trade I have little of no hope of getting them
running again due to lack of software or other critical parts. The
AlphaMicro 100 that I sold on E-bay is a good example, I searched for two
years for software, schematics, manuals or anything that I could find but I
came up empty handed so I finally sold it. Oddly enough, after I listed it
someone saw the ad and E-mailed me and said that he had the software and
docs for it. I passed his message to to the guy that bought the
system. The buyer used to have an AM 100 and was planning on restoring
this one.

   What little money I make from selling computers or parts doesn't even
come close to paying for the time, gas and expenses of finding this stuff.
But I'd rather buy something and sell it to someone that will restore it or
use it to restore another computer than see it get shredded for the metal

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