1977 Apple II for sale.

From: Chandra Bajpai <cbajpai_at_attbi.com>
Date: Tue Dec 17 06:35:00 2002

Ernest...Out of curiosity, do you know the history behind the machine?
Did you get it from the original owner? It's a great find!


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On Behalf Of Ernest
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 12:23 AM
To: cctalk_at_classiccmp.org
Subject: RE: 1977 Apple II for sale.

> There are always items on Ebay that go for absurdly high prices. That
> book by Gordon Bell for example keeps going for $50 - $60 per copy.
> would think its hard to come by or something. Well, its not. A PDP
> front panel for $152.50, thats absurd. Only one person bids on a PDP
> in pristine condition without any cards, so it goes for $500 while at
> the same time a 8/E with a nice set of essential cards goes for
> Now thats absurd, and also explains how i'm able to get my 8's so
> Which is good, because I couldnt afford to buy even one 8/E at a
> price tag ;)
> Of course, my luck runs out when it comes to finding RK05's.
> But an Apple ][ going for more than the price of an 8/E boggles the

You do realize that what you are saying is your own opinion though,
Also, you failed to understand the point that I was trying to make which
that each collector has their own idea of what is valuable, for reasons
you or I may not understand. To say that it's absurd for someone to pay
for something they want, than you would for something you want seems
kind of
absurd to me.

Sure the 8/E may be more rare, or cool, or whatever than an Apple II
with a
low serial number but it's value is based on what you (the collector)
willing to pay. I wouldn't pay $4000.00 for a deluxe Altair but
there are a few folks out there who would. Nor would I pay $2248 for a
of any type or condition but it I don't become distressed if other
choose to. It boggles my mind to think that you/we collectors, having
this all before, are even slightly surprised by this kind of thing
There are several billion people on this planet, so I would say the odds
pretty good that at least two of them will, for whatever reasons, try
hard to get something that is fairly rare on that kind of scale.

One more thing to consider is that most people would agree that Altair's
fairly rare but you can find them on ebay on a regular basis. If you
see one there today then wait a day or two and you will. That doesn't
all that rare to me, and yet people are still willing to pay more than
for them. How often do you see very early model Apple II's, in any
condition? I don't remember ever seeing one like the computer I just
Sure, you can find Apple II's on ebay all the time but they are usually
later revisions, and have II+ keyboards, and beat up cases, etc.. Savvy
collectors know this, so they don't bid $3800 dollars for them but the
computer that I just sold is not like that. What's more, there was no
existing precedent for the value of something like it.

To further beat a dead horse, consider that there are folks who are
to spend millions for what they consider art. Things like paintings and
sculptures sell for millions only because that is what some people are
willing to pay. In my opinion, some computers are works of art, which
inspire the same emotional response in me that a fine sculpture can in
people. If I had an Altair, I wouldn't use it. I would display it like a
painting or any other piece of fine art. Sadly, I can't afford either
one of
them so I don't think about it. The point is that the value of something
like a painting, or an old computer is determined by the people who want
In this case, the user base for the Apple II is larger than the one for
8/E, so it would follow that there would be more people desiring to own
Apple II like the one I just sold.

Received on Tue Dec 17 2002 - 06:35:00 GMT

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