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Kerosene
March 12th, 2010, 04:59 AM
Please tell me this is a crazy price to pay for a VIC-20 (AUD $192).
Item #220567805667 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220567805667)

Am I missing something here? There's nothing special about this VIC is there?
My search for an Australian PAL VIC-20 continues....

http://i43.tinypic.com/72t2r8.gif

carlsson
March 12th, 2010, 05:07 AM
Yes, that is insane. I would not go higher than 45-60 AUD for that setup.

cosam
March 12th, 2010, 05:10 AM
It seems high, but it only takes two bidders who really want something (and can't wait) to inflate the price like this. At least the seller got a good deal out of it!

Kerosene
March 12th, 2010, 05:12 AM
Aussie VICs only come up on eBay about once a month, but I've never seen one go for that much.
We're obviously getting pretty desperate for VIC-20s down here.

carlsson
March 12th, 2010, 05:21 AM
Two loose ones on Swedish Tradera right now. More than a week to go, so it is way too early to know where they'll end. Current bids equal 4-5 AUD each though.

Vint
March 12th, 2010, 10:19 AM
To give you a comparison of sorts -
In the past 2 weeks on eBay (U.S.) 10 Commodore VIC-20's have sold for an overall average price of $25.
So, basically they are dirt cheap hereabouts. Let's see, I bought my VIC-20 off eBay in April of 2008 with a like new 1530 (CN2) cassette deck for the price of $10.50 - also included was a like new 1541 disk drive, (not pictured.)

http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2527

I guess it's just - supply and demand that regulates prices. Commodore must have sold millions of the VIC-20's in the U.S.A.

carlsson
March 12th, 2010, 11:31 AM
They sold a lot of them in Europe too, so not a matter of the computer being uncommon or anything like that. Not sure about Australia but since we share TV system, it is only a matter of shipping costs.

tezza
March 12th, 2010, 04:37 PM
Four Vic 20s on Sale in New Zealand in the last 6 months. One sold for $NZ 36, another for $NZ 26, one for NZ$10.50 and the other was passed in at $80 (i.e. no one bidded).

1 NZ$ = 0.70 US approx

Tez

Chuck(G)
March 12th, 2010, 04:58 PM
Weird. I can recall when nobody wanted the things. One of the local surplus places couldn't get rid of them for $1 each.

What next? Plus/4s for $100?

tezza
March 13th, 2010, 01:29 AM
I guess the Vic-20s do have historic value.

They were the first of the "home"-"sound and graphics"-plug-into-your-TV colour computers aimed at the low-price mass consumer market.

Tez

carlsson
March 13th, 2010, 05:58 AM
A guaranteed working Plus/4 in box might soon be worth $100, as they tend to permanently break down one after another.

Chuckster_in_Jax
March 13th, 2010, 06:44 AM
A couple of months ago someone from Amelia Island was offering one on Craigs List for around $20-$25. I passed it up. Didn't think it was worth the cost in gasoline to get it.

dabone
March 14th, 2010, 02:34 PM
I sold a vic-20 and vic-1541 in the usa for 50.00 plus shipping. The main difference compared to all the others listed at the time was that I actually hooked it up and tested it.
Photographed it working, and included a floppy disk of games I downloaded off zimmers. I put 50 as a buy it now and it sold in a day or so.
For an untested vic, I won't pay more than 15.00. (Parts machine)

later,
dabone

Kerosene
February 12th, 2011, 03:56 AM
Sorry to bring back an old thread, but I thought you guys in Europe would like to know that the crazy prices are still going strong in AU.
You're sitting on a potential gold mine over there :D

I'm still trying to find a local "basher/daily driver" VIC-20, but the prices are just silly!

This one just sold for $90, with NO cables, no box, no nothing.
Item #260732801049

http://i56.tinypic.com/o6057t.jpg

A4000Bear
February 16th, 2011, 12:39 AM
I saw that one on Ebay. I even tossed in a half-hearted bid, but was not the winner. I was after another early model VIC like this one.
There are one or two CR version VICs on ebay right now. Current bid is 99c. I think its in Melbourne too.