On 09/26/2011 08:40 PM, B Degnan wrote:
>>>>> Ebay Item number: 270820579117 would hve been cheaper if it was
>>>>> in an IMSAI computer.
>>>>> Why is this so valuable?
>>>> Not a surprising price at all.
>>> What do you suppose MARCH's 6501 chip is worth?
>> I think, with stuff as rare as the 6501 and the aforementioned
>> C8080B, it's impossible to come up with a price without actually
>> it out for the market to decide.
> Not necessarily. there is a whole chip scene with very knowledgeable people.
Of course. But that doesn't mean they (or anyone else) can establish
a dollar value for something. Ultimately (the curmudgeons on classiccmp
notwithstanding) the value is established by the buyers in the market.
If there's only one buyer, that's not a whole lot of data points, and
there's no history.
Even in the heyday of the 8080 in the hotbed of CP/M activity in NJ
when I was growing up, with all of those hardcore hackers doing
everything they could to their systems, I've seen precisely ONE 8080B,
and never a 6501. There will never be enough data points to come up
with a "this is worth $X" number in any general sense.
Everything that is truly rare (not "eBay rare") has this problem,
which is one reason why auctions still exist.
Port Charlotte, FL