Speaking of eBay

From: Tom Jennings <tomj_at_wps.com>
Date: Tue Dec 28 21:48:53 2004

> > This one may be insane - or maybe it's me.
> >
> > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=5150431291

> Wow, and just when you thought the true depths of madness had been
> reached. Vintage software is the next frontier upon which siege will be
> lain with exploitation to follow but I just can't see this ever getting a
> ROI worth the $1,225 price tag being offered here. If it's not a hoax
> then surely it should be.

I'm sure it's abundantly obvious, but counterfeiting items like
that is technically trivial. Probably at least *some* of those
extreme collectors know *precisely* what the package looks like;
you'd have to use the right old copier, etc. You might even
put the right files on a vintage diskette; but if that wasn't
possible, you could use a strategically bad diskette and say
"gee sorry, it *is* 25 years old..."

I'm not suggesting this be done, I don't work that way, and
I think it would be disgusting behavior -- but it also seems
utterly inevitable. With that kind of money to be had for 10
cents worth of vintage materials the temptation has GOT to be
there! At least hardware you can stub your toe on.
Received on Tue Dec 28 2004 - 21:48:53 GMT

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