Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: How was Trenton?
Bill Degnan wrote:
The problem is that computer shows can't compete with the internet. A classic of economic game theory. Why schlub a bunch of stuff onto a table many miles from your house if you can take a picture and sell online instead?
Add to this the problem of all the other events surrounding TCF during the year which also attract many people, more in some respect, such as Too Many Games[PA], MagFest[VA], and some more Northeast
I think TCF may have to evolve into some higher than rely on the same ol' warehouse computer retailers to attract people. There ought be a smaller area set aside for this. Perhaps some more attractions could be added -- I think the robot competition was a good way to start attracting people. They have to diversify some more.
- On the other hand, at Trenton, you can test the damned thing and see if it
works instead of accepting delivery on something that turns out to be a
Quoting Bill Degnan <billdeg@...>:
> The problem is that computer shows can't compete with the internet. A
> classic of economic game theory. Why schlub a bunch of stuff onto a table
> many miles from your house if you can take a picture and sell online
> instead? If you had a nice ADM 3A terminal to sell would you expect to get
> more at a flea market or on Ebay? Sellers will on average always get more
> $$ selling online because there are more potential buyers, a seller can
> take pictures of the item in action, and there is no load/unload until
> after the sale. If you have home pickup from UPS, even easier. Despite
> the high shipping costs for heavy items it's a wash as far as comparing to
> flea markets. If you live near enough to visit a flea market, you would
> also be able to offer pick up of your expensive-to-ship items from an
> internet sale. I am not saying flea markets are dead or that I don't like
> to go to them (I do!)...I am just saying that unless you have 3000+ people
> going to Trenton's flea market, no sellers are going to show up with good
> I would not be depressed, everything has it's day. As I understand it,
> vintage computers are defined generally as being pre-1990 produced. The
> days of finding any pre 1990's stuff of any value at a flea market, even
> Trenton, are numbered.
> We've entered a new era. Vintage computers as we define them are going to
> start getting too rare to pick up casually, and that's what's so great
> about the MARCH collection at InfoAge.
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> > Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: How was Trenton?
> > A Sad Day at the Flea Market
> > I admit, I hadn't been to a computer flea market for awhile. So I was a
> little taken aback when I saw the small size of the market area at the 2009
> Trenton Computer Festival. I remembered the acres and acres of tables from
> previous years.
> > Yet, it wasn't the small size of the area that made me sad. It was the
> items which were being sold. I remember thinking, "Most of this stuff
> should have been thrown away years ago"!
> > In old dusty boxes were the "Woody, the cowboy" era laptops. Everyone was
> inside the exhibit halls playing with "Buzz Lightyear". I'm all for vintage
> computing, but most of this stuff had no historical value, and was totally
> useless for modern day computing. Yes, I guess you could put LINUX on some
> of it, and use it for word processing, but that was about it.
> > Old technology is a sorry state to think about, and seeing so much of it
> in one place, brought a tear to my eye.
> > Ron
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