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So whats up with this DOS 3.3 auction?

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    So whats up with this DOS 3.3 auction?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221001646099
    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
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

    #2
    That picture of the shiny MS logo lures them to bid.

    Maybe it's because it is packaged by Microsoft and not sold with another manufacturer's computer and hold their logo. The originality must be pulling.
    ~Ian~

    Remember, wherever you go, there you are.

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      #3
      Dunno. Maybe two people typo'd their 25.00 bid? It's two people bidding only, could also be a friend or something faking interest.
      Looking to acquire: IBM 5100, Altair 8800

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        #4
        What, can't you see that it's RARE?
        Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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          #5
          It was only $100 when I noticed it (I search using DOS all the time) now it is stupidly high. Could be some clown with 30 of those from a garage sale trying to make it look rare so he can sell the rest at $50 a pop.
          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
          Boxed apps and games for the above systems
          Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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            #6
            Ended at $500, we are all rich!
            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
            Boxed apps and games for the above systems
            Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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              #7
              After looking at this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-MS...25658457221313

              I guess it was a bargin.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Jimmy View Post
                After looking at this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-MS...25658457221313

                I guess it was a bargin.
                I bought that one...

                P3040105-L.jpg P3040106.jpg

                ...and if ya' want it, I'll sell it to ya' cheap.
                PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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                  #9
                  If this is any kind of sign, then maybe we're in for one hell of a ride. These prices are really out there as far as I'm concerned. But you have to wonder, are they buying these to use, or are they buying them just to say, "Hey, lookie what I got?"

                  I see too much of that in any collecting forum. Someone will buy something only because of it's collector valus and vever open it. The contents could be a bunch of blank paper for all they know, but because they don't want to ruin the collector value, they'll never really know for sure.

                  Then too, what condition are the floppy disks? Have they been stored properly, or has someone placed them too close to the TV? Again, we'll never know for sure unless the buyer opens it up, and by doing that, they ruin the collector value. Double edged sword!
                  Wanted: - Complete SERIES ONE TRS-80, IBM 5170 AT, Original authentic IBM 5100 Portable, IBM 5151 Monitor. Also looking for Packard Bell 75Mhz computer, Commodore Pet w. Built-in cassette drive, amber 12 CRT, Mac SE-30 hard disk to replace the bad drive currently installed, TRS-80 Coco series 1 upgrades including memory, IBM PC 5160 compatible CD ROM.

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                    #10
                    HMM.... I have an un-opened copy of dos 5.0 and a Microsoft mouse. This auction makes me wonder if someone is dumb enough to over pay for them.

                    edit:

                    http://www.ebay.com/itm/150801176207 $99 I can certainly low-ball that price ^.^
                    It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

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                      #11
                      I open up boxes because I use the stuff, but who knows if something has been reshrunk unless there is wear on the box or something is missing.

                      Mostly for the old apps I want the boxes and the manuals so I know how to use the stuff (or with hardware how to setup the software). Most of the actuall apps can be found in warez archives (which is why I pay little for just used disks).

                      If enough people see crazy prices they will either start upping their prices or just keep the stuff in a "safe" place to rot and gain value. So eventually real prices will go up because the millions of copies are being hoarded, followed by a crash when people finally want to cash in (and then the stuff will get junked since it is "worthless").
                      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
                      Boxed apps and games for the above systems
                      Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by bettablue View Post
                        The contents could be a bunch of blank paper for all they know,
                        Good idea!

                        Originally posted by Unknown_K
                        So eventually real prices will go up because the millions of copies are being hoarded, followed by a crash when people finally want to cash in (and then the stuff will get junked since it is "worthless").
                        Ah yes, the Vintage Bubble.
                        WANTED: Cardinal 2450MNP modem.

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                          #13
                          so, next logical question; When the bubble pops, will we get a bailout?
                          It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

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                            #14
                            Maybe it was the free shipping? Guess I'd better put my windows 95 on 5 1/4" floppys in the safe.

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