Brian Instruments BRIKON Mdl 723 Floppy Drive Tester / Analyzer

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Thu Apr 3 09:12:01 2003

--- Joe <> wrote:
> >I saw a web site where these were about $900.00
> Typical Re-seller wishfull thinking!!! These sell on E-bay for about
> $20.

Typical indeed. OTOH, when researching other devices of similar vintage,
plotters and protocol analyzers, to name some recent targets, they are
available from instrument companies for $1000-$2000 every day of the
week, and they will be *glad* to sell you one for that, but over on eBay,
it's more like $50-$60 every week.

The brick-and-mortar catalog-oriented resellers are basing their prices
on a stiff percentage of the new price, and living off of "gotta have
a replacement now" commercial traffic. eBay resellers are limited to
what the traffic will bear over the course of a week, regardless of
individual customer demand.

> Note that this one has a $15 "handling fee" in addition to the
> selling price and shipping. Again typical of re-sellers. They never miss
> a chance to boost their profits!

I noticed that. I tend to shy away from those guys, no matter what
the deal seems to be - if they are pulling that, how do I know that
the "untested" condition doesn't really mean "tested, guaranteed

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