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    Quote Originally Posted by sellam View Post
    Congratulations on your experiences. I once loaded the entire trunk and the backseat of my Honda Civic with an IMSAI 8080, (2) Vector Graphics 1, (2) PerSci dual 8" floppy drives (voicecoil) in mahogany enclosures, a dumb terminal, and some other miscellany, for $50. By my experience, you way overpaid.

    I can't even remember how many times I've hashed through this pointless discussion on the CC mailing list (that eventually erupted into major arguments). Bottom line: it's worth what the seller is willing to take and what the buyer is willing to pay (offer/acceptance) on any given sale, whether than's 1 penny or 50 gajillion 1ozt gold coins.

    But as someone who sells quite a bit, and who has been a collector and curator of fine vintage computers for about 30 years now, my assessment is not one that was drawn directly from a personal rectal cavity.

    Your input is acknowledged, thank you, but at the same time as you want to practice the privilege to proffer your own opinions about price, others want to retain their right to reckon and recite their appraisal as well.
    I have also loaded up a van full of NStar equitment , a KIM-1 and a bunch of other things, and I did not have to pay anything for it. I did however have to fly down to Miami and rent the van, and then drive over 300 miles to get back home, but it was worth it.

    But I can't imagine why any of your polite conversations would break out into a major argument??? Perhaps it is the vulgar way you speak to people.. It is completelely unnecessary.
    As I agree with you, with one minor addendum. I believe that it is the seller who sets the price, not the buyer. The buyer can either agree to that price or look for a better price somewhere else.
    I usually do not haggle with a seller, as I respect their right to set the price that they would like to get for the item, that they are selling.
    Anyway, please work on your people skills, I am sure you will find out, that you'll have a lot fewer arguments, that way.

    Good Luck with That !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novell2NT View Post
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    I can't imagine why any of your polite conversations would break out into a major argument??? Perhaps it is the vulgar way you speak to people.. It is completelely unnecessary.

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    I couldn't agree more. Your conversation is far too aggressive and arrogant.

    smp

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    Quote Originally Posted by smp View Post
    I couldn't agree more. Your conversation is far too aggressive and arrogant.

    smp
    Do you think my pointing out someone else's unnecessary vulgarity on this site, is being too aggressive?
    Have you read his posts???
    I was only pointing out that our friend Sellam might have less arguments if he used better language, when speaking to people on this site.
    I really don't think anyone here, wants to know what he is, or is not pulling out of his rectum.
    I am sorry, that just sounds too discussting to me, and again completly unnecessary, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novell2NT View Post
    Do you think my pointing out someone else's unnecessary vulgarity on this site, is being too aggressive?
    Have you read his posts???
    I was only pointing out that our friend Sellam might have less arguments if he used better language, when speaking to people on this site.
    I really don't think anyone here, wants to know what he is, or is not pulling out of his rectum.
    I am sorry, that just sounds too discussting to me, and again completly unnecessary, in my opinion.
    I'm *very* sorry - I was not aiming at you, I was agreeing with you. I think that Sellam is being far too aggressive, and quite arrogant.

    amp

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    Back to the point of the original post:

    Agree with Glitch and Sellam that the asking price for a loaded IMSAI including disk subsystem with single owner, documented provenance is pretty much in the right ballpark. "No way to test vintage electronics powers on" sales on e**y are consistently in the 1200-1800 range for the cpu only. Add a few S-100 cards ($50-100), drives, docs...

    Sounds like a lovely system. I'd be interested in seeing it and talking to the original poster about those hours they logged on it. (Contribute another thread to the forum! Document the experiences with those early microsystems and their users!)

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    I think we can all agree that e**y prices are way over inflated, most of the time. But on the other hand, anything can happen on e**y when bidding for any item.
    It depending on who is online and willing to raise the prices up to and or above $2500.

    The last IMSAI that just sold on ebay which included at least 12 S100 boards, went for $1273.00. Granted I have also seen the IMSAI go for a lot more then this from time to time.
    In my opinion, for $2500 it system should be fully loaded , working and in near mint condition, and possibly come with a drive system, to BOOT !!! LOL !!!
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    I'll add to the cacophony that $2500 for such a machine seems an entirely reasonable asking price. Whether it sells for that is up to the seller and buyer, but certainly not an unheard of price for this.

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    So the majority seems to agree the price is reasonable, while the minority seems to agree my language is aggressive, arrogant, and vulgar. So be it.


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    Hi jcwren: I read your for sale post with a tear in my eye as I walk the same path with my old 8080. I'm moving to new digs and doing major downsizing and the toys of my youth must go, sigh. I so like your post and seek your permission to plagiarize parts of your post in my IMSAI for sale ad. I too had hand wired stuff like I/O and real time clocks etc. and if I had a penny for all the hours put in wire wrapping and coding in assembler I'd be a rich man. Hope you found a good home for prize of your past. Let me know if okay to use some your prose in my ad, best of luck, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garycx View Post
    Hi jcwren: I read your for sale post with a tear in my eye as I walk the same path with my old 8080. I'm moving to new digs and doing major downsizing and the toys of my youth must go, sigh. I so like your post and seek your permission to plagiarize parts of your post in my IMSAI for sale ad. I too had hand wired stuff like I/O and real time clocks etc. and if I had a penny for all the hours put in wire wrapping and coding in assembler I'd be a rich man. Hope you found a good home for prize of your past. Let me know if okay to use some your prose in my ad, best of luck, thanks.
    I would love to add a working IMSAI to my collection. I have a beautiful Altair 8800a and a SOL-20, which I absolutely love. You can see most of my systems, on my YouTube channel
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbB...W7oM7Pz5lZgHOg

    I am currently working with the St. Augustine Historical Society, to setup a small museum of vintage computers and Video game systems. Although I love all my vintage computers, I found out, really
    quick, that kids under 40 do not care for machines that were created before they were ever born. So, I have collected a lot of vintage video game systems, so that everyone will be able to see something
    here, that they remember growing up with.

    However, I will not feel like I have a complete selection of vintage computers, without an IMSAI to share.

    Please let me know, what the working status is of your system, and what boards you have installed, and or any peripherals and or documentation or software, you may have. And I always enjoy hearing the history of the system. Please share as many pics as you can.

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