An original Compaq "portable"

From: Erik S. Klein <>
Date: Sat Jan 11 19:34:01 2003

"Erik, I'm sorry to say but I think you ripped yourself off."

Hehe. I may have but the condition of the machine and manuals sold me
on the deal. The thrasher's I've passed up were truly junk.

Either way, I've made far worse financial decisions in my time, so I
wouldn't be too bummed about overpaying on a $100 machine.


-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Sellam Ismail
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 10:26 PM
Subject: RE: An original Compaq "portable"

On Tue, 7 Jan 2003, Erik S. Klein wrote:

> I would estimate that your Compaq is probably worth between $50 and
> depending on condition and what other original parts you have with it
> and, of course, who is buying it and where.

I think that is incredibly overly optimistic. The original Compaq
portable was sold in such numbers that literally tens of thousands still
exist in garages and closets all over the country (and perhaps the
I run into one nearly everytime I go out looking for old computers.
are not only not rare, they are incredibly common.

Quoting between $50 and $200 for one is ludicrous even at eBay dollars.

> ? About a year ago, I paid $100 for a like-new Compaq with all of the
> original manuals and disks, which I considered reasonable considering
> the machine. I?ve passed over trashed Compaq?s for under $10. ? Best
> regards and best of luck!

Erik, I'm sorry to say but I think you ripped yourself off.


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