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Jimmy
May 9th, 2012, 05:06 PM
How about this one is it verY veRY vERY VERY rare or what? http://www.ebay.com/itm/160793164521

DOS lives on!!
May 9th, 2012, 05:10 PM
Well, seems as if you've found someone selling it for the (sigh) normal price of what sellers think it's worth. The "Make Offer" button won't work for this auction., even if you attempt at it's feature.

tezza
May 9th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Egads. And to think I have one of these PC-DOS 2.1 disk and manual boxes out in the garage (actually I might have two). Who would have thought it would be worth more than my Lisa.!

Tez

marcoguy
May 9th, 2012, 05:50 PM
OMG. That is insane. I got IBM DOS 2.1, BASIC manual, Guide To Operations PC XT, and Hardware and Technical Reference PC XT all for $79 in original binder sleeves to go with my PC XT. God, my IBM XT must be worth a lot with all the documentation and a MACH 20 and the original InPort mouse and the original keyboard... I wouldn't sell it in a million years, though! :D

SpidersWeb
May 9th, 2012, 07:18 PM
As my boss says, "it only takes one" - usually in reference to quoting a million dollars for jobs as a joke, but still applies here. Guess that's what they're waiting for - that millionaire who doesn't do his research.

I found a company (can't remember it now, bugger it) that has these for normal people prices off the shelf - from PC DOS 1.1 to Windows 98. What they have available and quality varies but they specialised in it.

modem7
May 9th, 2012, 07:26 PM
Must be one of the ones that came off the printing press on 23OCT83. Only three were produced that day due to printing press failure. Extremely rare. This is probably the last surving one of the three. A steal at $4,000. The seller must be in a hurry to sell it. :)

marcoguy
May 9th, 2012, 07:29 PM
Well then, why doesn't the seller mention that? If I was browsing Ebay, I wouldn't even look at that. I would just pass it by uneventfully. If the seller had something like "Last of it's kind" in the title, I might at least stop to admire it.

MikeS
May 9th, 2012, 07:29 PM
...I found a company (can't remember it now, bugger it) that has these for normal people prices off the shelf - from PC DOS 1.1 to Windows 98. What they have available and quality varies but they specialised in it.
http://www.emsps.com/oldtools/ms.htm

tezza
May 9th, 2012, 07:31 PM
Must be one of the ones that came off the printing press on 23OCT83. Only three were produced that day due to printing press failure. Extremely rare. This is probably the last surving one of the three. A steal at $4,000. The seller must be in a hurry to sell it. :)
Not to mention that the same faulty printer also mislabelled the disks calling them MS-DOS not PC-DOS. Even rarer! Heck probably the only one! What an investment! :D

SpidersWeb
May 9th, 2012, 07:54 PM
http://www.emsps.com/oldtools/ms.htm

Cheers for a good link, but I found I'd bookmarked the one I was thinking of: http://magalan.co.uk/dos.html

Have not purchsaed from them yet, but once my wallet recovers I may just have to.

Edit: although when I visited last time, there were versions older than 3.1 I'm sure of it :/

Mark2000
May 9th, 2012, 08:02 PM
Meh. I don't think old software is worth even the sticker price. It's available for download from a number of sources for free and more powerful modern options are available for much less. It's nice to have documents and of course fogies like us are interested, but it's also used. Used stuff has already lived out it's sticker value. I wouldn't buy even high end software from 20 years ago for more than $10.

modem7
May 9th, 2012, 08:12 PM
I'm surprised that a moderator didn't move this thread to the HUMOR genre.

SpidersWeb
May 9th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Meh. I don't think old software is worth even the sticker price. It's available for download from a number of sources for free and more powerful modern options are available for much less. It's nice to have documents and of course fogies like us are interested, but it's also used. Used stuff has already lived out it's sticker value. I wouldn't buy even high end software from 20 years ago for more than $10.
Yeah you're not really buying whats on the disks, its about owning a piece of history.

In saying that, $4000 still feels rather insane for an item that was mass produced only ~25 years ago.

marcoguy
May 10th, 2012, 01:43 AM
I guess I agree with SpidersWeb. I think it's also good to buy older software if you have something that it will add to or make more valuable.

Le_Bear
May 10th, 2012, 06:15 PM
that free shipping is probably why

Mark2000
May 10th, 2012, 07:16 PM
"Yeah you're not really buying whats on the disks, its about owning a piece of history. "

I understand that. But considering the software is useless and the disks probably not working you're really just buying books. And old books usually aren't valuable just because they're old.

k2x4b524[
May 10th, 2012, 08:12 PM
But see mark2000, the thing is usually the disks are STILL good, and though, to a modern computer the code is useless, to an older pc dos 2.1 is the bees knees..

Stone
May 11th, 2012, 02:48 AM
DOS 2.1 is readily available and even though it's not on the original disks an older PC won't even know.

Mark2000
May 11th, 2012, 06:50 AM
I think it's a crap shoot as to whether those disks will work or not. I just bought a box of sealed Verbatim 5.25s and a few of them were bad. These things do go bad after awhile even when not in use.

What really kills me is that no one allows these items to go at actual market value. I've been looking around for a black floppy drive for a little while. They sit around with either a BIN or initial auction price of $30-$70. A quick "completed auction" search tells you they aren't worth more than $15 to anyone. Start an auction at a dollar. It'll sell for what it sells for.

Stone
May 11th, 2012, 08:20 AM
What size floppy?

Mark2000
May 11th, 2012, 04:55 PM
5.25" half height, black. Wouldn't mind a 3.25" with a full 5.25 black front as well. And if their lights matched so much the better.

Stone
May 11th, 2012, 05:00 PM
Hey, that's not enough... you gotta mention the density, too. :-)

Mark2000
May 11th, 2012, 05:09 PM
Oops, HD all.

bettablue
May 24th, 2012, 04:36 PM
OMG! I just bought one exactly like it for only $25.00 through E-Bay a couple of months ago! Man, I'm rich!!!



How about this one is it verY veRY vERY VERY rare or what? http://www.ebay.com/itm/160793164521

marcoguy
May 24th, 2012, 05:07 PM
I got that with all of the original IBM 5160 documentation for $50!