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    500$ and it doesn't even work :(

    I really want to cry. At this point I'll never own one:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Ata...53.m1438.l2649

    Maybe we can get a group together to finagle up a Stacy style clone. It's really a pretty attractive unit as far as vintage stuff goes.

    #2
    Looks like display defect, nothing more. In atari-forum.com there is instruction how to swap the display for a better one. As Stacy is quite rare, this price is normal by today. Imagine what a ST-Book would cost today, only 1000 have been made... We now also see Atari TT in simple standard config for more than 800$, and Falcon 030 for more than 2000$.
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      #3
      Originally posted by tipc View Post
      I really want to cry. At this point I'll never own one:
      Why would you even want to own one? These are just for die-hard Atari collectors. You can transform any old PC laptop into a better ST by using emulation - especially since even the floppy disk format is compatible.

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        #4
        While you might not want to pay those prices I am sure you probably have some vintage gear (you paid little for but prices have gone up) you are bored of that you could trade for.
        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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          #5
          Originally posted by Timo W. View Post
          Why would you even want to own one? These are just for die-hard Atari collectors. You can transform any old PC laptop into a better ST by using emulation - especially since even the floppy disk format is compatible.
          why would anyone want to own anything? Because they like it maybe.

          I passed up a bunch of uber rare stuff years ago that was Atari related. I had so many other irons in the fire I said anything Atari related would have to wait. Some of the biggest mistakes I've made.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
            While you might not want to pay those prices I am sure you probably have some vintage gear (you paid little for but prices have gone up) you are bored of that you could trade for.
            I do, but I still wouldn't pay that much for a defective laptop. While I might spend 500-600$ for a working TT030 <<<< LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL, other items don't merit that sort of expenditure as far as I'm concerned.

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              #7
              Ill be honest. I love luggables with CRT screens, but old LCD screens are not worth the trouble. The unit is interesting, but that crap LCD screen is super off putting to me.

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                #8
                Working ones go for over $1000. $500 for a broken one isn't that bad.

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                  #9
                  Sure whatever you say. Maybe for people lots richer then I am.

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                    #10
                    What's the point anyway? It's a very rare system with only 1000 units made and people pay those prices. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. No one is forcing you.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Timo W. View Post
                      What's the point anyway? It's a very rare system with only 1000 units made and people pay those prices. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. No one is forcing you.
                      TIPC is a staunch enthusiast and is just relating some of his experiences. That what this is all about, right?

                      Surely not everyone was Kung-Fu fighting

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                        #12
                        yes it's so. People can pay what they want, it's their affair. It's stunning to me that people will buy anything dangled on a hook in front of them.

                        I have an acquaintance who was displayed a product at the Nuremberg toy show some years ago (in excess of 20). There was very little interest. As soon as they doubled the price, all the stock disappeared in an hour. This is some people's perspective. If it isn't expensive enough, it can't be any good. Some people are used to overpaying.

                        Thanks AO. You're a chum.

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                          #13
                          I tend to go with nostalgia as a good enough reason. I've been working on collecting every single computer/console item I've ever used personally in my lifetime that was not work related. No real reason other than I enjoy the collecting and the nostalgia of playing the same games I did as a kid on the same hardware. Waste of money? Perhaps. But like many old items, they tend to appreciate in value so long as the remain working and they make my man cave look retro cool. I just bought a lovely Apple IIgs to complete my Apple needs, and have but a single item left in order to call my collection done. Laughably, it is easy to buy but I've just not found the perfect unit for my needs... a C64. Tons available though, so I expect I'll find one that grabs me one of these days.

                          Not saying I won't collect a few other items as well, as an Amiga would be a nice addition but I never had one or used one. Same goes for a Tandy 1000. But you can't have everything, and I don't have enough room to setup and display everything I have now. Still, I enjoy the retro hardware too much to not consider more collecting. Or "preserving" as I like to think of it.

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                            #14
                            I've seen many new 'collectors' which are behaving like investors instead of collectors. Simply buying everything because prices are going up. My experience is that most of the collectors items will drop over time. Simply because of people getting old and want to get rid of their collection. Things like post stamps, old radio's for example. The biggest part of the collectors are old or dead by now, market becomes flooded and prices drop.

                            But the investors mentality is annoying for people who just like to play with the old stuff...
                            WTB: Case for Altair 8800 ...... Rolands Github projects

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                              #15
                              Aging is one thing that you have to contend with if your an investor-collector. Past about 45-50 years, there's very little popular interest, since the community has almost no recollection of the time. Is there a hot market for 082 sorters?
                              Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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