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bbcmicro
September 23rd, 2006, 12:03 PM
I think this is an IBM 5155, but are these that rare? I am curious as to what has driven up the price.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-IBM-PORTABLE-COMPUTER-VGC-WORKING_W0QQitemZ280028611806QQihZ018QQcategoryZ41 93QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

nige the hippy
September 23rd, 2006, 12:25 PM
God knows!

I think i paid about 15 for mine, cute beastie!

dongfeng
September 23rd, 2006, 12:33 PM
wor, I had that in my watch list, it was 15 then!!!

bbcmicro
September 23rd, 2006, 01:05 PM
So this is just another freak auction?
Damn you eBay!

Terry Yager
September 23rd, 2006, 01:16 PM
The ones I've seen on eBay US have been going around $100.00-or-so in the last couple of years.

--T

bbcmicro
September 23rd, 2006, 01:26 PM
Hmm, that would be about right, at 118 allowing for the fact that American computers in general are usually harder to get at over here. I like it, but not that much.

nige the hippy
September 23rd, 2006, 03:41 PM
It would be really interesting to be able to determine a "hype constant" for each type of computer sold on ebay. taking into account rarity, original price, software availability, features, age, originality, and final ebay price.

The sirius 1 must have a tiny hype constant, as there seem to be 6 of them, and the guy who copied me the system disks for mine can't get more than about 30 for his (complete with manuals etc).

The asr33 teletype must have a tiny one, as the one I was watching went for 40 even though it's a superb bit of hugely complex kit, and they don't come up for sale very often.

And the ZX80's must be huge, because they're still selling for 150 even though they're made of chocolate box liner, and the software is horrid, and there's at least one-a-week on ebay so they can't be that rare.

kb2syd
September 23rd, 2006, 03:51 PM
The CoCo floppy controllers are also a bit weird. I see them up all the time. Constantly going for around $50 US. This happens 2 or 3 times a week.

Just crazy prices.

bbcmicro
September 24th, 2006, 12:30 AM
Nice Spectrums are constantly going for more than I would pay for then (About 30) and consider there is always at least 5 or 6.