pdp 11s to be auctioned at Goddard

From: Bill Sudbrink <bills_at_adrenaline.com>
Date: Wed Mar 21 12:13:03 2001

> > For those in the Washington DC area, the 3/29 auction will include
> > several pdp 11s. Look at:
> >
> > http://sales.gsfc.nasa.gov/items.cgi?salenumber=80322620010016
> >
> > I've never been to one of these (I keep wanting to but can never seem
> > to make the time), but I understand that stuff goes at scrap prices.
> I've been to several of these. While otherwise wonderful, these
> auctions have classic "government auction" problems. You'll see, for
> example, a lot consisting of three pallets of stuff...one will contain
> a Dynabyte or something like that with ZERO cash value but that you'd
> really love to get, and the rest of it will consist of 2.5 pallets of
> dead VGA monitors. During the auction you'll find some guy who bids
> the lot up to $3,000. Wondering why, you watch him loading it into
> his truck at the end of the day...and underneath the dead VGA monitors
> will be one HP 8566B spectrum analyzer or something like that, that he
> will have ALREADY SOLD on his cell phone for $20,000.

In your expirence, and using the above example, could you approach the guy
and make an offer for the Dynabyte or will he get pissy or greedy?
Received on Wed Mar 21 2001 - 12:13:03 GMT

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