7413Re: Ebay and Vintage Comp Sales (to keep this on topic)
- Mar 6, 2008Christian Liendo <christian_liendo@...> wrote:
>The discussion in this thread seems to be either about eBay, or about
> I know. I went one year when MARCH did their thing and
> I thought that was cool. but it's not cool enough just
> to go all the way just for that. I'll go to VCF.
the TCF fleamarket. But it's all about selling "vintage" computer
items. Since I sell as a business, every day, these issues are
important to me. But I don't want to prolong a wide and long thread.
Maybe I'll post something in depth on my Website. I think what amounts
to editorials "work" better on a Web page than buried in a discussion
thread. But here's some bullet points.
Ebay is like the rest of the Web. The Web is going "corporate",
dominated by large corporate interests. Ebay is worse than that, as it
levels the "ground" with its common interface and rules for every
seller, and worse because it makes buyers and sellers anonommous, just
names and bids, and worse still because of competitive bidding.
There are other Web venues, like craigslist and freecycle. But they
have their own "rules" - some self-monitoring culture I don't
understand - and they are for one-off sales anyway.
So I don't use eBay. I have my own Web site, my own rules. But I also
have *my own good name and reputation*. My butt is on the line every
single day. That keeps me honest. And THAT, and other policies I have,
keep my customers happy.
The TCF flea market is no longer part of "TCF". It's run by a company
which runs those weekend computer shows. But it's more like a hamfest
than those shows, anyway - an expensive hamfest, which is one reason
it is small. The other reason is that ALL hamfests have shrunk.
In any event, even the recent computer sellers have fled the hamfests.
New computers are cheap, and computers a few years old are plentiful
and too cheap to resell - and too "slow" for today's users. There are
more reasons why "vintage" computers in particular don't show up at
hamfests, or TCF. Oh, and MARCH doesn't support sales at their VCF-
East. So non-Web venues for vintage computers are rare today.
Those are some thoughts. One comment: please keep this discussion
civil. I don't like the term "junk sellers", junk is a perjorative
term for most people. I don't sell junk. "Individual" sellers would
likely work as well.
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