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    FYI: Computer Reset liquidation (Dallas, TX)

    I've never been to this place, but TX Dj posted a 30 minute walkthrough of the location. It's about what you'd expect: overfull to the top with boxes and equipment piled everywhere. It's mostly PC stuff, but TX Dj did note a few things in passing that might be of interest to other sorts of collectors: terminals, some IBM mainframe gear. There's lots of Apple ][ stuff visible in the video.

    In the video I didn't spot any telltale signs of DEC minis, although TX Dj did note in passing various DEC terminals.

    If you're into IBM PC Jr., this place is loaded with new old stock PC Jr. stuff. Also lots of original IBM PC (5150, 5160, 5170) stuff in there.

    There wasn't enough in the video to get me interested in taking a trip because it's virtually all PC stuff.

    Anything that isn't sold off is going to be recycled/scrapped/hauled to the landfill. The building is going to be sold and the building will be emptied out before sale.

    Anyone nearby is encouraged to take a trip down there. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting covered in dirt. Stuff is piled high to the ceiling and everything is dusty/dirty, but many things are in original boxes from what I could tell in the video. Bring a headlamp as overhead lighting is spotty.

    Happy hunting!
    @LegalizeAdulthd | Computer Graphics Museum | Terminals Wiki | Manx Documentation Database

    #2
    I saw that video. I could go there, even though it's a bit of a drive. I'm willing to if noone buys the stuff, but so far I still believe someone will. Dallas is a big place.

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      #3
      It's one of those things where you really need to dig through the place to know what's really in there.

      When The Black Hole was liquidating its inventory, I made 4 trips down there with a trailer on my car and each time I thought I had scoured the whole place and on each subsequent visit, I found new things that were unearthed in the newly exposed layers.
      @LegalizeAdulthd | Computer Graphics Museum | Terminals Wiki | Manx Documentation Database

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        #4
        What are prices like? I would hate to see somebody go down there for lets say an IBM 5150 that might not even work and spend 30 minutes digging it out of a pile only to get pricing higher then ebay.

        The recycler I used to go to had things on skids that came and went pretty fast so there wasn't a mess, you could get to most things fairly easy (lighting did suck a bit) and prices were only a few times more then scrap.
        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
          The only example I've heard from this place was $10/CRT. There's a chance that they value the desktops at a higher price though, so I also want to know this. I would hate to drive 700 miles and find someone wanted $80 a desktop or something. I mean, there were dozens and dozens of them.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Unknown_K View Post
            What are prices like? I would hate to see somebody go down there for lets say an IBM 5150 that might not even work and spend 30 minutes digging it out of a pile only to get pricing higher then ebay.

            The recycler I used to go to had things on skids that came and went pretty fast so there wasn't a mess, you could get to most things fairly easy (lighting did suck a bit) and prices were only a few times more then scrap.
            From an acquaintance on Discord: "Today's haul: - 386 motherboard with battery damage for scavenging - Asante NuBus Ethernet card - VTech 8-bit ISA MDA/VGA video card - 2x IBM CGA cards - Cabletron NuBus Ethernet card - Apple Macintosh Display Card 1989/90 - Apple Macintosh Display Card 1990/91 - a couple Apple-branded Ethernet transceivers - unbranded SCSI CDROM & cable - SCSI cable - Mac 8-pin serial to DB25 cable - Sun 13W3 cable that I hope will work for my old Mac portrait display - a bunch of 30 pin SIMM connectors $10"

            I'm not sure about other prices, I'll see if he knows.
            Wanted: PDP-8/f panel, RK05 (or compatible), 16 Sector RK05 packs, Altair 8800 CPU card, KD11-A, memory for 11/40.
            Available for trade: ASR-33 Teletype, IBM 5150, XT, Intel MDS 230, Many PCs and parts from the 5150 era onwards, DEC Storageworks HDDs, misc DIP ICs, OMNIBUS/UNIBUS/QBUS cards, 6502/8080/85/86/88/Z80 CPUs, Misc radio valves (vacuum tubes), C64, Amiga 1200, Sinclair ZX81/Spectrum/+/.

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              #7
              from a reddit post a friend sent me:

              "To get an idea of the prices, I picked up an SGI Indigo, a blueberry iMac, a big-ass Sun monitor, a Commodore 64, 1541 and 1802, two Compaq luggables, a third no-name luggable, a Toshiba T3100e laptop, a Pentium-era laptop, an Imagewriter II, a Mac SE FDHD, and two boxes full of ISA cards, hard drives, RAM and cables for $120. There are dozens of genuine IBM PCs and ATs, as well as Desqpros and generics from 8088 through 486 and low-end Pentium."

              Why on Earth he picked up an imagewriter, who knows..
              -- Brian

              Systems: Amstad PCW 8256, Apple IIe/II+/GS/Mac+/Mac 512k, Atari 800/520STFM, Commodore 64/128/Amiga 3000/PET 4032/SX-64, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, Kaypro II, Osborne 1, Tandy 1000 SX, TI-99/4A, Timex Sinclair 1000, TRS-80 Color Computer 3/Model 4 GA

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                #8
                Wow. I had to keep pausing the video to try to identify things. Very hard to make out the details, and lots of stuff in boxes.

                Lots of IBM, IBM PC Jr, and PS/2 stuff. Any collector of just these could easily fill up their car with just a fraction of the stuff. Some big boxes of IBM Software too. Various Compaq Portables, Compaq deskpros, I thought I saw what looked like a Zenith Z-150, and a box for a TI Professional Computer.

                Unfortunately, from a distance, many IBM PC clones look just like IBM PCs. And who knows what is installed inside any of these. I'd be tempted to grab anything with an MFM/RLL hard drive.

                It looks like most of these systems would need some serious love. Having spent all weekend and then some just fixing up ONE computer... imagine multiplying that by 100,000 and that would be this warehouse!

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                  #9
                  @ 3:44 off to the right, looks like a IBM 9595. @4:48 under the telephone an HP Nimitz keyboard.

                  All the camera shake made me seasick. Really, I'm nauseated after watching that video.

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                    #10
                    Posted on Vogons a while back. This guy went down there and had quite a good time for 400 bucks.

                    https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php...=28580#p755973
                    Liqmatrix YouTube Channel

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                      #11
                      I expected this day would come. I have shopped there for parts for many years, very sad to hear of Richard's illness. Richard also ran a U-HAUL business inside the warehouse and drove a wood-paneled station wagon. I remember the first time sifting through the "drive" room getting numerous bug bites, so I had to apply repellent for future visits. Also hand wipes were a good thing to have after a visit as well. I hope this gear finds a good home, I will be making a few visits in the coming days to see what is left.

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                        #12
                        DJ posted that, as of right now, they are closed. So I'm not sure if their stock is available any more.
                        Offering a bounty for:
                        - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                        - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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                          #13
                          Yeah, I have bought from him off of eBay and then directly. Good guy sorry to hear he is sick. That explains why he has not relisted on eBay for the past few months. Too bad its in texas or I would love to stop by. I always thought his "catalog" was only the tip of the iceberg.
                          Current Wish List: 1. IBM 7531 Industrial Series PC 2. NEC MultiSync XL (JC-2001) Monitor 3. MicroSolutions UniDOS card 4. Compaq 14" VGA CRT Monitor (the one that came with the SystemPro). 5. Stacker HW CoProcessor Board MCA BUS. If you have any of the above for sale please PM me. Thank you!

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                            #14
                            The video link appears to be not working now?

                            What eBay user was that? What did they have listed? To often I drool over some item just to see it disappear unsold. (But it's either that or my wallet disappearing :P )

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                              #15
                              I guess TX Dj took down the video because he didn't want to send people off on a fruitless mission....
                              @LegalizeAdulthd | Computer Graphics Museum | Terminals Wiki | Manx Documentation Database

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