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re: [midatlanticretro] Re: How was Trenton?

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  • Bob Schwier
    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 paperweight.
    Message 1 of 9 , Apr 29 6:03 AM
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      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
      paperweight.
      bs





      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
      > stuff.
      >
      > 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.
      >
      >
      > Bill
      >
      > -------- Original Message --------
      > > From: "rkushnier" <rkushnier@...>
      > > Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 12:47 PM
      > > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > > 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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