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    Ehh.. a few months ago you barely got $2 for a branded XT clone, now you get $2000?
    Anders Carlsson

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    Quote Originally Posted by linuxlove View Post
    While at the same time, causing the real vintage stuff to go sky high in price.

    Interesting note: I saw an average XT clone go for like $2,000 or something on ePay.
    Im not surprised, I just discovered a seller trying to pass of an Imac G3 233 as "Vintage" (I have one, not even close). I just found an IBM PCJr which is going for $221.95 (excluding shipping which is another $59.11). Prices are going up, and these new computers are part of the reason.

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    While I generally agree with you all that "vintage" should be reserved to special items (and please not THAT discussion again!), part of me cheers anyone who will retain these newer but today obsolete computers. Me and you probably won't care, but 20 years from now some may regret not keeping a complete Pentium III system. Besides there are few alternative words these sellers can use to classify their items. Words such as "old", "obsolete", "retired" probably will attract noone while "vintage" or "collectable" might get some eyebrows raised even we "know" these items are neither.
    Anders Carlsson

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlsson View Post
    While I generally agree with you all that "vintage" should be reserved to special items (and please not THAT discussion again!), part of me cheers anyone who will retain these newer but today obsolete computers. Me and you probably won't care, but 20 years from now some may regret not keeping a complete Pentium III system. Besides there are few alternative words these sellers can use to classify their items. Words such as "old", "obsolete", "retired" probably will attract noone while "vintage" or "collectable" might get some eyebrows raised even we "know" these items are neither.
    This is very true. Alot of the Core 2 and Sempron computers of today will end up being the Vintage computers of tomorrow. This is why my advice is not to throw any electronics away. Your Iphone will in 30 years be a "vintage item". As for the regard on the use of words like old, obsolete, and retired this is also true as many sellers want to market there stuff to gain the highest posibble profit. Placing them in the Vintage computer section wont help much though, alot of people that want a "used, but not vintage" machine will look in the non-vintage sections (atleast in my experience they have).

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    I rarely look in the vintage section because most things in there are over priced. So I just do general searches in the computer section and see what comes up (sorted by price and shipping lowest).

    Everything will be a collectable one day, the key is to pick a specific area to collect and stick with it. For my gaming hobby I have hardware from the Tandy1000/XT to P3/Athlon in the 1999 era. Anything after that is whatever I use as my main machine and the stuff in between gets passed on to others.

    Prices are going up for vintage gear, I guess it is the new bubble investment.
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
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    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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    I've stopped collecting largley due to the cost for parts and computers on E-bay.

    Back in 2002, when I started really using E-bay for this, things were stupid cheap. I could buy an XT clone for $40.00 at most, and when I sold computers, then prices went up, and I tried to sell honestly, only to get only $5.00, and I did not complain, because I made someone happy, and in some twisted way, the thought that I got someone a machine they might have had to comb the thrifts and dumpsters for for hours might really appreciate that.

    Now I'm holding onto what I've got. Someday, I'll have something worthy of being passed down or sold to the benefit of my heirs.

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    Things are getting kind of pricey on ebay, but you can still get a deal once in a while.

    If it wasn't for the local recycler I would not have added much to my collection last year.

    I think the money aspect of this hobby could be a bubble, you have no idea what the stuff will be worth in 20 years.
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    Things are getting kind of pricey on ebay, but you can still get a deal once in a while.

    If it wasn't for the local recycler I would not have added much to my collection last year.

    I think the money aspect of this hobby could be a bubble, you have no idea what the stuff will be worth in 20 years.
    Hi
    Some items will always go up in value while others will just float up and down.
    Most of the items we collect are the float up and down type. Do remember
    rare is not the same as valuable. I have several rare computers that would
    not have spectacular prices on eBay.
    Dwight

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    While that does cross my mind (and I'm horrible about getting things out of the house and letting go of stuff) but I'm at that troublesome time of being fairly out of room (making room but also close to out). I have some things I grabbed out of curiosity as younger and other things like dms said where I wonder "should I hold onto this? Should I keep this box? .. in 20 years it'd be worth something maybe?" but I really don't have time or space to do so and keep the stuff I'm interested in now. I'll have to ditch some networking and phone gear sometime soon probably (the things I'm least connected to right now). We had another thread with a similar comment but it was regarding collecting and not everything is worth something in the end. You can save all the baseball or basketball cards you want but far as I can tell they're close to worthless now and the players retired so they were hot while the players were hot. Same thing with your car.. sure you can keep it around when you buy a new one for 30 years but noone says it's going to be a collectible classic.
    Looking to acquire: IBM 5100, Altair 8800

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