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kb2syd
September 5th, 2008, 01:11 PM
I always wanted a complete II GS, now I have 3 ROM 1 versions. These have have 2 - 3.5" drives each, a couple of 5.25" drives and matching color monitors. No manuals, but the original floppy disks. No extra memory in any of them and no hard drive controllers of any sorts.

Lots of games and school programs too. Fun little machines, but the ones I set up for the college lab back in the 80's seemed to have a much nicer user interface. Probably missing something.

So, the point of this post: I was watching them on eBay for chuckles. Why oh why do some go for hundreds of dollars and others for just a few bucks?

Yzzerdd
September 5th, 2008, 01:18 PM
Nice find on the IIGS's. I've always wanted one, but never bought one. As a matter of fact, back when I first got started with vintage computers, I bid on(and lost) a few Apple IIGS's. I settled for an Apple IIc.

I notice that with all Apple II computers (and many other types of PCs as well) if the lot includes a complete system(or near complete) it goes for about $225. By complete I mean it has everything to do basic functions (Computer, monitor, keyboard), as well as advanced functions involving a printer, mouse, disk drives, etc, and that it includes necessary manuals. Boxes/receipts are a plus.

If the system is NOT complete or has only a few of the afforementioned items, they usually go for $5-$75, depending on completeness. $25 is the standard going price for an Apple IIGS with keyboard, mouse, monitor, and sometimes a manual.

Pictures of your new systems?

--Jack

magnusfalkirk
September 5th, 2008, 03:16 PM
So, the point of this post: I was watching them on eBay for chuckles. Why oh why do some go for hundreds of dollars and others for just a few bucks?

A big part of the price is how many people may want that particular system. Sometimes you'll have several people bidding, and driving the price up, sometimes very few people bidding.

I've seen them go for anywhere from under $100 to several hundred, just depends.

Dean

leaknoil
September 5th, 2008, 05:46 PM
Ebay is a funny place. It is actually pretty useless to judge anything by what something sells for there. You could have two of exactly the same thing and they would sell for wildly different prices.

As an example there were these three Sun servers for sale from the same seller. All ending one minute after the next. All identical. First one went for $519. The second one went $420 and I got the third one for $132.

Between sellers bidding up their own items and who just happens to be around when an auction ends you get wild fluctuations. An auction ending late at night or on the weekend will usually go for much lower then during the work week.

Your best deals are always on Craigslist, Freecycle, or your local thrift store. When anyone tells you, "but, they sell for $X on ebay." just ignore it and make them an offer. They almost always take it.

facattack
September 7th, 2008, 01:29 PM
I was extremely lucky (and a tad obsessive) enough to score the system that I showcase in another thread. The more popular version seems to be the "Woz" models. Just now Ebay there's an empty Woz case (no innards) & in another auction a complete set is selling for BIN $190.

Not too long ago typing in "Apple II" brought up listings for Ipods. :D

leaknoil
September 7th, 2008, 07:32 PM
I was extremely lucky (and a tad obsessive) enough to score the system that I showcase in another thread. The more popular version seems to be the "Woz" models. Just now Ebay there's an empty Woz case (no innards) & in another auction a complete set is selling for BIN $190.

Not too long ago typing in "Apple II" brought up listings for Ipods. :D

Thing about Buy It Now is if it isn't bought quick they are asking too much. Actual deals are snapped up instantly. Thats where people usually mess up with valuing anything by ebay. They just search the buy it now prices not by what auctions actually end at.

Go thru and add a few auctions for similar items you interested in to your watched list. After they end you can see what they usually sell for. It's often pretty close for common items. Apple II stuff is actually pretty common. Apple sold a ton of the stuff, there is no scrap value in them, and most people didn't throw them away.

I'm sure I'll have plenty that disagree with me but, the Apple II stuff isn't really collectible other then for personal reason. Sure the rare Lisa or such is valuable but, there is just too much of the normal stuff out there and more seems to be found every day in storage lockers and garages around the world. That and the stuff rarely broke.

Unknown_K
September 7th, 2008, 09:20 PM
All IIgs systems are not the same. ROM 3 seems to be worth a little more then ROM 1. SCSI cards add $75-200 to the price, Accelerators can add $100-200+ to the price, 4MB or 8MB RAM cards can add $50-$150 to the price.

Currently I have 3 systems. IIgs ROM 1 with 1MB RAM card, IIgs ROM 3 with 1MB RAM card (can do up to 6MB onboard with the correct RAM chips installed), and a IIgs ROM 3, 8MB RAM card, Apple Rev C SCSI card, Transwarp GS accelerator. I would say the 3rd system is worth much more then the other 2 combined.