19112vintage computer pricing - retial vs. hobbyist prices
- Dec 5, 2010
> > I don't agree. Charge a price people are willing to pay. In a shop
> > hundreds of customers ? You could find someone willing to pay$ 100.Also
> > a working c64 is not so easy to find. Does MARCH have more than 1 ?a
> I call shennanigans. You can't swing a dead cat on eBay without hitting
> pile of 64's. A nice mix of breadbox & 64Cs, often times with books,:)
> disks and a drive for under $60. A 128 will fetch $60+ and the SX-64 is
> normal to see in the $100+ range.
> Craigslist can be a good source too.
> If $60 is the _local_ going price for a machine with no drives, then
> you've got a customer base not so familiar with this "internet" thingy.
>I personally would not pay more than $10 for a C64, so I agree with Gene
> (now by all means, if you can get $60 for a stand-alone breadbin, by all
> means take it! :) )
that a person in the know can do better than $60 for a C64, yes.
First of all I think you're not counting the risk of Ebay quality, shipping
cost, and your time. If a C64 is sitting there in the store all you have
to do is pick it up, pay and go. That has a value. I sell vintage
computers at my computer repair store and I get full retail prices for
them. The type of customer who pays $60 for a C64 is different than the
hobbyist in MARCH who is in the know and has access to many sources and
built-in knowledge of the product. I charge insider pricing for friends
and collectors because of the whole karma thing. Pricing is subjective.
The potential market of non-expert hobbyists who just want a working system
and no hassle is way bigger than the tech hobbyist.
Allow me to illustrate
I bought three TRS 80 model 4 computers recently to resell. I sold one
for $125, one for $260, and I gave one away. The computer I gave away was
to a fellow hobbyist. Everyone got what they wanted, all were satisfied
with the result.
Good points all around.
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