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RE: [midatlanticretro] regarding Ebay and vintage computers

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  • Evan
    ... LOL, well that s more than I had in mind... actually I ve been pondering the idea of some kind of hobby association for a while, but for now it seemed like
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 4, 2005
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      >>>> This could itself turn into a business
       
      LOL, well that's more than I had in mind... actually I've been pondering the idea of some kind of hobby association for a while, but for now it seemed like an idea to keep on the shelf and refine.  I also hadn't thought of the certification idea until Bill's email.


      From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Richard A. Cini
      Sent: Monday, July 04, 2005 3:54 PM
      To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] regarding Ebay and vintage computers

      Bill:

            Interesting proposition. First order of business is to buy
      liability insurance :-)

            This sort of thing already exists in the form of "escrow sales"
      on eBay. Unfortunately, since there's a fee for using it, many people
      don't. I just buught an Altair for $650 from "fdbruce". I didn't use an
      escrow because (1) it's a pain, (2) it takes longer to get my item and
      (3) I knew the seller through his eBay history. The escrow agent is
      responsible for determining that what was listed was in fact the item
      and is in the condition as specified. If those conditions are met,
      escrow is broken and the money and item are exchanged.

            While writing this response I saw the note from Evan. I agree.
      This is a wider problem that should be also be addressed with the
      ClassicCmp list. This could itself turn into a business requiring the
      full-time commitment of a few individuals. You'd have to convince eBay
      to advertise our verification services, offer our credentials, and let
      them endorse it.

            Classic marketing...define and advertise the problem and offer a
      solution for a fee (natch). Build a business plan! Call the Venture
      Capitalists! The ticker symbol should be "MRCH"!


      Rich
      -----Original Message-----
      From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of billdeg@...
      Sent: Monday, July 04, 2005 3:17 PM
      To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [midatlanticretro] regarding Ebay and vintage computers


      The recent sale of a fake Apple I computer got me thinking.  I knew it
      was a
      fake because the keyboard layout differs from the original kit.  The
      fact that
      the auction ended at over $2000 tells me how uneducated and greedy
      people are.

      I sell and buy things on ebay regularly, and sometimes vintage
      computers.  I
      don't really have anything against it, you just have to be smart like
      any
      place else. 

      I believe that Ebay is simply a reflection of the world capitalist
      system.  
      You can argue back and forth, blah blah blah, but that's not my main
      point. 
      People are going to buy and sell vintage computers and parts on Ebay no
      matter
      what.  That said, what do you all think about some sort of "MARCH seal
      of
      authenticity" for vintage computer sellers to earn from our group?  I
      don't know
      exactly how it would work, but it might be a way to earn money for the
      group
      and build a the MARCH name in a positive way.  If a person wanted to
      sell a
      vintage computer or part, a representative of MARCH could somehow
      certify that
      "yes this computer/part works and is what the seller says it is"  There
      are
      organizations that do this sort of thing for coins and baseball cards.
      Why not
      computers?

      Just a thought.  People could send us pictures of their systems in
      operation,
      if there is no MARCH-certified person available locally.  I am not
      proposing
      that we actually do this now, but I am curious what others think of the
      concept in general. 

      Bill Degnan



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