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    #31
    Oh man, myself and several people I know would love to have an IBM 5154. Still, as long as it's not in imminent danger of going to a landfill, I can't tear myself away from work and school here.

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      #32
      Originally posted by dkarguth View Post
      I've been to this place 4 or 5 times now, and was just there saturday. It's a great place to find CRT monitors, larger machines, and just rarer items in general, but it's getting picked clean of most of the better stuff. If you plan to make the trip, be prepared to spend most of your saturday searching for what you want. It is most likely there, but it's just buried. To give you an idea of what type of stuff is there, I'll list some of my finds:

      2 IBM 5175 Professional Graphics Displays
      1 IBM 5151 Monochrome Monitor
      1 IBM 5153 Color Graphics Display
      3 IBM 5154 Enhanced Graphics Displays
      1 IBM 5170 AT
      1 Brand new IBM AT Accessory kit
      1 Brand new sealed 5140 PC Convertible
      2 PC Convertible Backlit displays (brand new)
      1 boxed IBM Convertible Enhanced display
      1 brand new Convertible Printer
      1 Professional Graphics Controller (I didn't find it, but I bought it off someone who found it there)
      around 30-40 ISA cards of various functions
      1 Compaq Portable II
      1 Compaq Portable III
      a couple of Model M Keyboards
      3 Texas Instruments Color monitors (CGA)
      1 Texas Instruments Monochrome Monitor
      1 Texas Instruments Professional Computer
      1 Texas Instruments Portable Professional Computer
      1 Brand new 8" Floppy Drive
      7 or 8 MFM hard disks of various conditions, some brand new

      and many more.

      The selection of good IBM monitors is getting slim, but there are more found every day.
      Thank you for doing your part and saving this gear. At least, hopefully, it will now stay in circulation and not in a dumpster.
      LiqMatrix YouTube Channel

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        #33
        Awesome stuff. The last week or so I have seen a number of eBay auctions come up that I suspect were from things obtained there. Even if the place is getting picked dry, if someone wanted to give details of what is left that would be cool.

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          #34
          Originally posted by SomeGuy View Post
          Awesome stuff. The last week or so I have seen a number of eBay auctions come up that I suspect were from things obtained there. Even if the place is getting picked dry, if someone wanted to give details of what is left that would be cool.
          I'll list some of the stuff that I remember specifically being left:

          IBM PS/2 style monitors
          IBM PC, XT, AT, and PS/2 manuals (hardware maintenance, technical reference, guide to operations, etc) all still sealed
          Some IBM PC, XT, and AT systems, but a bunch of the remaining systems aren't in very good shape
          Various brand new IBM cards and accessories (CGA and EGA cards, printers and print buffers, serial cards, etc.)
          Various ISA cards (network, interface cards, video cards, drive controllers)
          Hundreds of MFM drives, some still brand new
          Lots of Compaq portable and deskpro systems
          Some Compaq monitors
          Lots of generic CRT monitors
          Literal pallets of Brand new PC Convertible accessories (screens, printers, cases, modems, memory expansions, etc)
          Lots of various PC Jr monitors, systems, and accessories
          Some IBM 5151 monitors, and the occasional 5153
          Lots of sealed software. Dos, OS/2, windows, and much more.
          Lots of IBM software binders

          The thing is, it's really impossible to know exactly what is there until a bunch of the other stuff is gone. I'll attach an imgur album to show what I mean.
          There is a lot of good stuff, but there is also a lot of broken stuff. You have to spend a while digging through stuff to find what you want.

          Imgur album:
          https://imgur.com/gallery/hw1FPvP

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            #35
            so... are all the 5175s gone? oh man i'd give my left testicle for a 5175 and the matching adapter card.

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              #36
              Originally posted by DaveJustDave View Post
              so... are all the 5175s gone? oh man i'd give my left testicle for a 5175 and the matching adapter card.
              You can't give up something your wife already owns. :P

              I honestly don't understand how that place got to be such a hoarding warehouse... like did he just never sell anything?
              -- 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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                #37
                Originally posted by DaveJustDave View Post
                so... are all the 5175s gone? oh man i'd give my left testicle for a 5175 and the matching adapter card.
                ... I may or may not have snagged both 5175s that were there along with the Pgc...

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                  #38
                  Originally posted by ngtwolf View Post

                  I honestly don't understand how that place got to be such a hoarding warehouse... like did he just never sell anything?
                  Basically the guy was an IBM dealer in the 80s,and he has a bunch of leftover stock from then. He also used to go and collect computers when school districts or businesses got new ones. The problem is that he wanted eBay prices for them, and nobody wants to pay for that if they have to dig out the system themselves.

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                    #39
                    Ribbon Recycler in Williston has a lot less but seems to be moving it...
                    Daniel P. Cayea - The Lyon Mountain Company - Plattsburgh, New York 12901
                    Vintage Equipment: IBM 5150 * IBM 5161 * ThinkPad 770ED
                    Modern Equipment: MacBook Pro 13 * Alienware M15R3

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                      #40
                      Originally posted by dkarguth View Post
                      Basically the guy was an IBM dealer in the 80s,and he has a bunch of leftover stock from then. He also used to go and collect computers when school districts or businesses got new ones. The problem is that he wanted eBay prices for them, and nobody wants to pay for that if they have to dig out the system themselves.
                      Honestly, that's the thing that probably annoys me the most. When I see something locally and someone tells me (either in person or in the ad) about how much it's worth on eBay. First, in this hobby, anyone who might be interested in this stuff already knows what it sells for online. Second, if I'm going to pay online prices, i'd have already done it and had it shipped to my door long ago... i wouldn't driving all around the city to get one locally for the same price.

                      In the case of this place though, you'd think with the size of that warehouse and what rent must be, he would have needed to actually sell stuff and how many customers would want to wade through that and pay a premium for it.
                      -- 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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                        #41
                        Originally posted by ngtwolf View Post
                        Honestly, that's the thing that probably annoys me the most. When I see something locally and someone tells me (either in person or in the ad) about how much it's worth on eBay. First, in this hobby, anyone who might be interested in this stuff already knows what it sells for online. Second, if I'm going to pay online prices, i'd have already done it and had it shipped to my door long ago... i wouldn't driving all around the city to get one locally for the same price.

                        In the case of this place though, you'd think with the size of that warehouse and what rent must be, he would have needed to actually sell stuff and how many customers would want to wade through that and pay a premium for it.
                        Wasn't always like that. When I purchased from him prices were more reasonable. Eventually, as other sellers prices crept up he started jacking up his prices too. Or if he did not the S&H was wacked. So sales went down. I think the Uhaul business subsidized the warehouse and it is Texas so rent is cheap if he did not outright own the property.
                        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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                          #42
                          Said folks need to watch "Pawn Stars" re-runs to see the responses to "I saw it with a price of fifty-three jillion dollars on the Internet".

                          "Asking is not the same as getting".
                          Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                            #43
                            Silicon Valley's "Weirdstuff Warehouse" succumbed to the "we're gonna price it like it's on the Internet" urge in its last years. It might have been sort of forgivable if they'd actually cleaned up and properly "showroomed" the pieces they wanted collector's prices for, but instead they'd just plop a filthy 5160 on a wire rack alongside a random collection of other mangy specimens and stick a $300 price tag on it.
                            My Retro-computing YouTube Channel (updates... eventually?): Paleozoic PCs Also: Blogspot

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                              #44
                              Originally posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
                              Silicon Valley's "Weirdstuff Warehouse" succumbed to the "we're gonna price it like it's on the Internet" urge in its last years.
                              Only on a couple of racks they though were collectable, and you could haggle with Jimmy about it.

                              What bothered me more is when i'd dump something off there to get rid of (two logic analyzers in particular) and the cables would get separated from the units

                              I actually took the time once I saw what had happened to put the cables back ON the analyzers.

                              WS suffered from attacks by the "Knob Bandit" along with all the other surplus places here.
                              Someone would steal the knobs off of Tek and HP test equipment.
                              Bob at Halted took the knobs off his gear and put them behind the counter with a note on the gear saying where they were

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                                #45
                                Originally posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
                                Silicon Valley's "Weirdstuff Warehouse" succumbed to the "we're gonna price it like it's on the Internet" urge in its last years. It might have been sort of forgivable if they'd actually cleaned up and properly "showroomed" the pieces they wanted collector's prices for, but instead they'd just plop a filthy 5160 on a wire rack alongside a random collection of other mangy specimens and stick a $300 price tag on it.
                                And that is the general trend for these guys. They have had what hey considered trash all these years in a warehouse that now they this has turned into gold (well maybe copper ). However, if they actually spend time getting it cleaned out sorted then the profit margin would only be 300 or 400% not 3000%. And there are fools out there that will pay $300 for a rusted over XT.
                                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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