RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: OT: Angry Video Game Nerd in Clifton, NJ on December 4, 2010
- Evan: At last count we have three or four in working condition. And four or so not working.
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 14:26:14 +0000
Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: OT: Angry Video Game Nerd in Clifton, NJ on December 4, 2010
>>> When I left the store after getting the signature, the line of people waiting to get inside was four blocks long!I never heard of AVGN before last month. What has this guy done that makes his autograph so desirable?
>>> Slightly overpriced, though. They were charging $60 for a Commodore 64 - ridiculous!I agree with Bill + Justin. Sorry to gang up on you :) but your perspective is a tad spoiled by your "insider" status (as a hobbyist and due to your involvement in a club and museum) -- most people aren't that fortunate. Also consider the cost + time commitment of running a specialty retail store in northern NJ.
That being said, $60 for a known-working system (presumably boxed + cleaned) is fair to the store's customers (who for that product are likely to be the standard customers' parents -- and whom in the Clifton vicinity have plenty of money.)
Bill: yes, we have more than one in working condition. Jeff B., do you know how many?
I disagree. No shipping, seeing it in person (i.e., you know EXACTLY what you’re getting), and a working guarantee for $60 is reasonable. Not the best deal ever, but reasonable. Certainly the Digital Press store has/has had better deals than that (in fact, in some cases better than the going rate on eBay), but as a collector I’d have no issue in paying that if I needed one.
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On Sun, 5 Dec 2010, Bill Degnan wrote:
>I call shennanigans. You can't swing a dead cat on eBay without hitting a
> I don't agree. Charge a price people are willing to pay. In a shop with
> hundreds of customers ? You could find someone willing to pay$ 100. Also
> a working c64 is not so easy to find. Does MARCH have more than 1 ?
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. :)
(now by all means, if you can get $60 for a stand-alone breadbin, by all
means take it! :) )
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