re: [midatlanticretro] Re: How was Trenton?
- 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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> > From: "rkushnier" <rkushnier@...>
> > Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 12:47 PM
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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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