Price guide for vintage computers

From: Eric Chomko <>
Date: Sun Oct 28 21:42:23 2001

Ernest wrote:

> Has anyone considered that creating a price guide might do more harm than
> good. What do you think that thrift shops (for example) would do if they had
> a price guide? Jack their prices up to match most likely, on items that they

Price guides don't buy or see things, people do. If the thift shop or anyone
else for that matter marks something and nobody buys it, then the guide is
The guide is just a guide, it's goal is to be accurate not allow you to buy
cheaply or have someone else sell too high.

> might have sold for less if they didn't know better. I guess my point is
> that having a price guide available online might lead to higher prices. I

Is that so bad? Don't you want your collection to go up in value?

> was able to buy a valiant turtle robot for a fraction of what it was worth
> because the seller had no idea of it's value. Every collector has similar
> stories, and while those things would still happen from time to time, a
> price guide would certainly reduce the chances -especially with software. If

So you would rather keep people naive so you can get better deals? Any true
market has a buy/sell spread. Why would you want to prevent classic computers
from being a real market?

> the price guide lists certain things as rare and more valueable, then the
> seller will likely jack up his asking price. On the other hand, what if the
> seller had no idea? The chances are better for collectors to get a "good"
> deal. It's just something to consider.

One day your collectionwill be sold off, as you can't take it with you. Don't
you want to get the most from your collection/investment?


> E.
Received on Sun Oct 28 2001 - 21:42:23 GMT

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