Help with pricing on vintage computers?

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Mon Jan 13 11:36:00 2003

On Mon, 13 Jan 2003, Marvin Johnston wrote:

> Ebay is a retail venue; most people don't expect wholesale prices at
> Sears :). And there *have* been some *incredible* buys on Ebay. Someone

I'll agree with that. Just like in the real world, sometimes you stumble
upon great bargains. You also come across some real wishful thinking.
But those bargain or inflated prices should not have a bearing on what the
mean value of an item is. On the whole, eBay prices are inflated.
Everyone knows this.

> I know bought an item on Ebay that just happened to be one of the two
> known prototype motors built by Tesla. I don't recall the pricing but I
> think it was less than $100.


> And for someone who either doesn't have or who doesn't want to take the
> time to do their own treasure hunting, Ebay is an excellent choice. And
> the prices are mostly reasonable.

Sometimes. But then there's cost of shipping and the uncertainty factor
of now knowing exactly what you're getting until it's in your hands.

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
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