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This forum has a private message feature that we want people to use for messages that are not of general interest to other members.

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We are here to discuss vintage computing, so discussing software, books, and other intellectual property that is on-topic is fine. We don't want people using these forums to discuss or enable copyright violations or other things that are against the law; whether you agree with the law or not is irrelevant. Do not use our resources for something that is legally or morally questionable.

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    PC Magazine collection available

    I have a collection of PC Magazines starting with the 1st issue thru current issue(may be missing a few). Any interest in some or all???? Make an offer.

    Where are you located?

    Magazines can be expensive to ship (especially PC Mag which broke 10 lbs on some issues! ) so a local buyer might be more interested.

    I'm sure there will be interest, though!

    The Vintage Computer and Gaming Marketplace
    The Vintage Computer



      For those locals that may be interested.... I am located in the Raleigh, NC rea


        What years are covered in that collection?

        I have a bunch of PC Computing magazines from 1990-93 I like looking at (especialy the esoteric hardware adds).

        How much are you asking, or are you just looking to get them a new home?
        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


          PC Magazine collection available

          My collection starts with the Charter Issue, Vol. 1 No. 1 thru vol.1 No. 12
          - Vol. 2 no. 1 - no. 7 (June 1983-dec. 1983)...that's all there is for that vol.
          - Vol. 3 no. 1 - 25 1984 all issues
          - Vol. 4 no. 1 - 25 1985 all issues
          - Vol. 5 no. 1 - 26 1986 all issues
          - Vol. 6 no. 1 - 17, 19-22 1987
          - Vol. 7 1988 thru Vol. 11 1992 all issues
          - Vol. 12 no. 1 - 7, 12-22 1993
          - Vol. 13 1994 - vol. 18 1999 all issues
          I hadn't thought about the problems and cost of shipping these when I put this post on... I think Erik is right, I need to find a local buyer.... or someone who wants to fill in their collection and only needs/wants a few issues. I was thinking that I would want $1.00 an issue when buying a quantity ( not just 1st 2 years and special issues) and would go lower and include 1st 2 years and special issues for buying all.


            I've had some good luck shipping magazines via USPS Media Mail.

            There is a restriction on advertising in that type of package but I've had some postal workers indicate that the restriction only applies to current advertising. Others think it applies to all.

            I just take my sealed brown box down to the PO and tell them I am sending a media mail parcel from here to there. When they ask about the contents I tell them it's "Media Mail" which usually works.

            Good luck!

            The Vintage Computer and Gaming Marketplace
            The Vintage Computer


              Hey hxk, I sent you a private message.


                Re cost of shipping magazines

                I have sold at least 500 vintage computer magazines via Ebay. This included the first year to the first three years of literally dozens of magazines. (I'm sorry I sold them now, but aint it always thus?) I shipped two thirds to three quarters of them via Media Mail and had nothing but praise from satisfied customers, primarily because I went to te trouble of packagineg them right. Some of those customers have become friends, and we communicate frequently. I see people pan Ebay constantly but in over 500 auctions I have had not a sinle problem that was not resolved happily and quickly, hd I have never had a dishonest bidder or seller.
                Pioneer Purveyor of Personal Processing Power


                  PC Magazine collection

                  These magazines are no longer available.
                  I want to thank everyone for their helpful comments.... they were very much appreciated.