[rescue] Some thoughts on our hobby..

rescue rescue at hawkmountain.net
Fri Nov 8 21:55:53 CST 2013

On 2013-11-08 13:42, Christopher Purdy wrote:
> Have you folks been watching over the last year or two in regards to 
> prices
> on the major sites for retro gear?  I'm absoultely shocked!  Things 
> that
> sold for pennies on the dollar a few years ago are multiple hundreds 
> of
> dollars now.
> As most of you know I've been looking off and on for a PET for years, 
> and I
> think I have officially given up the search... even the most pitiful
> specimens are going for 2, 3, even $400!!

Be glad you don't want a PDP-8E, -8F, or -8M.  Think I missed the boat 
on an 8 and will be sticking with my SBC6120 and/or emulation :-(.

> I just was browsing today considering a TRS80 model4, and was again 
> shocked
> to see prices in the $250 to $300 range.
> I fear we are nearing the end of an era when affordable retro / 
> rescue
> computing is coming to a close.. the ebay crowd has descended and 
> snapped
> up many of the remaining stockpiles only to resell them - pushing the
> prices way up.

I don't pick much retro stuff up off ebay anymore....  what I do pick 
up is off lists or craigslist (but not much shows up there).

> I'm sure there are still deals to be had, but its just paitiful to 
> see.
>  Machines I told myself - "ohh I'll pick one up eventually, they are 
> only
> $50-$100", are now north of $200 or $300...  well out of my hobby-ist
> budget.
> anyways - sorry if this is too far OT for the list, but I had to get 
> it off
> my chest and thought you folks would appreciate where I'm coming 
> from.
> Regards,
> Chris

Best of luck finding a PET.

-- Curt

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