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2012-08-09 09:34:30 PM  
Does it come with the lamp? Because that's a damned fine lamp. I think I love lamp.
 
2012-08-09 10:19:49 PM  
Worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
 
2012-08-09 10:39:31 PM  
I have an industrial-green rotary dial telephone that some sucker would buy.

/Any bids?
 
2012-08-09 10:50:29 PM  

dstanley: I have an industrial-green rotary dial telephone that some sucker would buy.

/Any bids?


Can it be used ironically?
 
2012-08-09 10:53:29 PM  
Smarter than playing the lottery.
 
2012-08-09 10:55:23 PM  
If only not hitting the "view all" link before you submit were considered vintage tech.
 
2012-08-09 10:55:30 PM  
It's called Money Laundering.

You have illicit funds stashed in an account under someone else's name or a shell corporation. You sell something at an outrageous price to the shell. Viola, nice and shiny money.

It's also why you see some stupid high prices on things on Amazon, but they tend to limit sellers and buyers to about $3000 a month until you can prove you're sticking around.
 
2012-08-09 10:58:46 PM  

wildcardjack: It's called Money Laundering.

You have illicit funds stashed in an account under someone else's name or a shell corporation. You sell something at an outrageous price to the shell. Viola, nice and shiny money.

It's also why you see some stupid high prices on things on Amazon, but they tend to limit sellers and buyers to about $3000 a month until you can prove you're sticking around.


I see you've been to Key West and visited a t-shirt shop.
 
2012-08-09 11:04:30 PM  
Obvious tag busy browsing porn to show up for work.
 
2012-08-09 11:13:26 PM  
a fool & his money something something....
 
2012-08-09 11:15:34 PM  
Off topic..

Is anyone else seeing this BS 'text enhance' links all over Fark?
This is worse than FarkTV.
 
2012-08-09 11:31:48 PM  
I still need to unload a shipping container full of AOL disks. Only 1.45 billion dollars!
 
2012-08-09 11:34:34 PM  
Free listings. People can just throw their junk on eBay now with any stupid price they want and no fees to worry about. If it doesn't sell no big deal, and if it does jackpot. I've stopped even looking for stuff on that site, the prices are just idiotic.
 
2012-08-09 11:35:53 PM  

braedan: Off topic..

Is anyone else seeing this BS 'text enhance' links all over Fark?
This is worse than FarkTV.


Email the fark ad team. They'll kill it with fire. That's what they do when someone reports something like that.
 
2012-08-09 11:36:30 PM  
I bet it's some apple crap... I bet it's some apple crap...

/looks at link

Yep.
 
2012-08-09 11:41:30 PM  
So I had this idea a while back to buy an old sealed copy of my all-time favorite NES game on ebay and like frame it and hang it in my game room. I figured it would be like $100. I was way off...
 
2012-08-09 11:41:40 PM  

2wolves: wildcardjack: It's called Money Laundering.

You have illicit funds stashed in an account under someone else's name or a shell corporation. You sell something at an outrageous price to the shell. Viola, nice and shiny money.

It's also why you see some stupid high prices on things on Amazon, but they tend to limit sellers and buyers to about $3000 a month until you can prove you're sticking around.

I see you've been to Key West and visited a t-shirt shop.


The shirt shop is the other end of laundering. That's how you get cash into bank accounts. Then you forward it to the person you're laundering money for.
 
2012-08-09 11:45:11 PM  
www.barrytech.com

LOL I have a 3.9GHz oscilloscope from 1969. There's a market for usable vintage tech and the prices fluctuate wildly, but nothing like the article. You can get a 1S2 for 50-300$. Patience is the key.
 
2012-08-09 11:45:51 PM  
oooohhh and FWIW I have a complete Intel bubble memory kit. Too bad it's not worth much.
 
2012-08-09 11:50:45 PM  

braedan: Off topic..

Is anyone else seeing this BS 'text enhance' links all over Fark?
This is worse than FarkTV.


Youve probably got malware.


And $15k doesnt seem crazy outrageous for a working original pong arcade machine. Thats a piece of human history.
 
2012-08-09 11:57:58 PM  
And what am I bid for this fine pair of Vic-20 computers?

/complete with cassette drive and tutorials, 8K memory expansion cartridge, and programming manual
//anything?
///is this thing on?
 
2012-08-10 12:06:19 AM  
Bleah. I am underpriced, am auctioning off my prototype Ghosts & Goblins motherboard for 5 grand only. I should quadruple it at least...
 
2012-08-10 12:13:32 AM  
Thank goodness for RE-PC. About 10 minutes from my house, and it's both a shopping trip and a walk through Memory Lane. Their online store is NOT representative of what they carry, because they turn over stock too damned fast. Lovely place if you're not looking for SOTA hardware.
 
2012-08-10 12:17:35 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: And what am I bid for this fine pair of Vic-20 computers?


www.floodgap.com

If it's the mythical gold VIC-20, probably a lot.
 
2012-08-10 12:20:33 AM  
I had an Apple IIgs complete with 5.25", dual 3.5" floppies, the matching monitor, printer, mouse, KB, AND CD caddy drive... CD caddies, shiat ton of software... I dont think i could have gotten more than a few hundred for it all, if that, but still pissed that my parents tossed it. Easier to boot that up to play number munchers or carmen sandiago than try to get em working on win7.
 
2012-08-10 12:26:31 AM  
I had that watch. Loved it. Sure it was big and geeky, but then, so was I back then.

/Oh, uh, now too.
 
2012-08-10 12:31:08 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: And what am I bid for this fine pair of Vic-20 computers?

/complete with cassette drive and tutorials, 8K memory expansion cartridge, and programming manual
//anything?
///is this thing on?


I have every issue of Compute's Gazette (1983 through 1990) if anyone is interested. All I'm asking for is shipping. I won't sell my C=64s or my 128, tho. They're all in working order w/ a cannibalized 1541 drive & a 1702 monitor.
 
2012-08-10 12:38:35 AM  
Just what the hell are they smoking?

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-10 12:41:06 AM  

wildcardjack: It's called Money Laundering.

You have illicit funds stashed in an account under someone else's name or a shell corporation. You sell something at an outrageous price to the shell. Viola, nice and shiny money.

It's also why you see some stupid high prices on things on Amazon, but they tend to limit sellers and buyers to about $3000 a month until you can prove you're sticking around.


media.washtimes.com

Well, that explains the Casio watch.
 
2012-08-10 12:42:47 AM  
I suppose if you're really into early computers and have money to burn, some of that stuff would be cool.

The iPods and iPhone are just stupid.
 
2012-08-10 12:54:20 AM  
koti.mbnet.fi
I wonder if this is worth any inflated prices? I am pretty sure my dad still has this in storage... not sure why.
 
2012-08-10 12:55:16 AM  
I quit selling on Ebay. It's full of scammers and clowns.
 
2012-08-10 12:59:36 AM  

Cyno01:

And $15k doesnt seem crazy outrageous for a working original pong arcade machine. Thats a piece of human history.


That's just what I was thinking. Especially if the cabinet's original and in good condition.
 
2012-08-10 01:02:24 AM  

Farker Soze: I bet it's some apple crap... I bet it's some apple crap....


I wasn't aware that an Intel 4040, Atari Pong cabinet, a 1970's 'micro computer' or indeed a collection of AOL disks were also "Apple crap". Guess the company has a time machine and is expanding, that'll please the investors.

Wonder how the Apple time machine reacts to the one Sony used (according to one dunce on here) to go back in time and invent the Power arch.
 
2012-08-10 01:06:15 AM  

Burn_The_Plows: MaudlinMutantMollusk: And what am I bid for this fine pair of Vic-20 computers?

/complete with cassette drive and tutorials, 8K memory expansion cartridge, and programming manual
//anything?
///is this thing on?

I have every issue of Compute's Gazette (1983 through 1990) if anyone is interested. All I'm asking for is shipping. I won't sell my C=64s or my 128, tho. They're all in working order w/ a cannibalized 1541 drive & a 1702 monitor.


Paging Jason Scott, MR. Jason Scott to thread 7260339 please.

Seriously, throw him an email, it might be something he doesn't have.
 
2012-08-10 01:07:38 AM  

AbbeySomeone: I quit selling on Ebay. It's full of scammers and clowns.


eBay is great if you trade in goods with actual value and stay away from the Beanie Baby- and Franklin Mint-type stuff.
 
2012-08-10 01:16:27 AM  
I was recently shopping around to get an mp3 player with a larger drive. AFAIK that left me with either an iPod or Zune. Went to a local shop that has stacks of all sorts of old electronics and media. Old games, old game systems, vhs tapes that he sells for a quarter, movie posters and cardboard cutouts. Walking through there reminds me of memories that I had with various things in my childhood and he has a huge mass behind his counter and boxes/piles line the stairs up the loft above his business where he has even more stuff that won't fit on the floor to be sold. I would so love to rummage through everything behind the counter/upstairs and see what he has.

/Only guy in town that knew what I was asking for when I said Zune and sold it for a decent used price. The 2 pawnshops had no farking clue what it was
 
2012-08-10 01:22:36 AM  

Vaneshi: Farker Soze: I bet it's some apple crap... I bet it's some apple crap....

I wasn't aware that an Intel 4040, Atari Pong cabinet, a 1970's 'micro computer' or indeed a collection of AOL disks were also "Apple crap". Guess the company has a time machine and is expanding, that'll please the investors.

Wonder how the Apple time machine reacts to the one Sony used (according to one dunce on here) to go back in time and invent the Power arch.


Wait, Apple didn't make those Ipods? Sony or Atari did? I guess my psychic powers are bogus. You sure schooled me.
 
2012-08-10 01:47:48 AM  

Farker Soze: Vaneshi: Farker Soze: I bet it's some apple crap... I bet it's some apple crap....

I wasn't aware that an Intel 4040, Atari Pong cabinet, a 1970's 'micro computer' or indeed a collection of AOL disks were also "Apple crap". Guess the company has a time machine and is expanding, that'll please the investors.

Wonder how the Apple time machine reacts to the one Sony used (according to one dunce on here) to go back in time and invent the Power arch.

Wait, Apple didn't make those Ipods? Sony or Atari did? I guess my psychic powers are bogus. You sure schooled me.


I was thinking the same thing, that most of it would be some old useless Apple products that some hipster had to have. And we were mostly right. A fool and his money.
 
2012-08-10 02:01:49 AM  

braedan: Off topic..

Is anyone else seeing this BS 'text enhance' links all over Fark?
This is worse than FarkTV.


who the hell sees ads on fark anymore?

Download firefox and install the following plugins-

Ad Block Plus
Flash Block
Better Privacy
and then your choice of either Beef Taco or Ghostery

Those set of plug ins will protect you across the internet.
 
2012-08-10 02:05:43 AM  

Minus 1 Charisma: So I had this idea a while back to buy an old sealed copy of my all-time favorite NES game on ebay and like frame it and hang it in my game room. I figured it would be like $100. I was way off...


wtf they have a game package rating agency like they do for comics and baseball cards? wow that's crazy.
 
2012-08-10 02:09:36 AM  
I have a Webley-Vickers 50:80 for sale.
 
2012-08-10 02:13:50 AM  
I am sure my kids will make a killing on my old Atari hardware. I still have everything. And when I have time and room I actually use it (gasp)..
 
2012-08-10 02:17:21 AM  
Quantum Apostrophe

LOL I have a 3.9GHz oscilloscope from 1969. There's a market for usable vintage tech and the prices fluctuate wildly, but nothing like the article. You can get a 1S2 for 50-300$. Patience is the key.

And you'll get to learn how to fix whatever it is you're buying!
 
2012-08-10 02:19:13 AM  
The weird part about that article is, in some circles, that Pong cabinet would actually be worth what was quoted in the article....IF the thing was actually in pristine, fresh off the line condition. No way in hell is it going to fetch that much with it beat to hell the way it is.
 
2012-08-10 02:27:09 AM  
Man that takes me down memory lane, I actually had one of those Interact computers when I was a kid. With plenty of knockoff games for it too, like Pac-Rat, some shooter game, and man oh man did I write the BASIC programs back in the day.

/still not worth $8,000...
 
2012-08-10 02:35:52 AM  
There is a collectors market and people willing to pay a lot of money for just about anything. With that said there is most likely a market for special edition Ipods and this may be right around the asking price in those circles. The author of the article could have done more research to find out what was going on with these. It could have made for a pretty interesting story about a community of collectors and probably informed some people that didn't know that they were sitting on something that could fetch them a fist full of dollars.
 
2012-08-10 02:57:25 AM  

studebaker hoch: And you'll get to learn how to fix whatever it is you're buying!


It's a crap shoot. My slower 1GHz plugin from NASA was almost mint, it worked perfectly on arrival. Another one showed up with parts mangled in transit. Easy repairs. Not very easy to calibrate. Many interactive settings and the documentation is apparently wrong in certain steps.

Learning to repair the things is almost like ancestor worship.

http://www-smirc.stanford.edu/papers/chapter1.pdf

It's astonishing what you can do with a handful of parts.
 
2012-08-10 03:45:54 AM  

sumida sublight: Cyno01:

And $15k doesnt seem crazy outrageous for a working original pong arcade machine. Thats a piece of human history.

That's just what I was thinking. Especially if the cabinet's original and in good condition.


That is far too high. Here is one selling for $600.

That admittedly is a low price, but despite its age there were many produced and it isn't particularly rare. IIRC one could be expected to go for about $1000 working and in good condition. Of course, people selling something can charge whatever they wish. Finding someone to pay the asking price, or having any reasonable expectation of the buyer being able to resell in the future at a comparable price is another matter entirely.
 
2012-08-10 05:31:54 AM  
This may be a good place to ask. I recently got (as part of a gaming collection) 3 copy paper sized boxes filled with Win 95 era games (just the disks, no packaging or other inserts). Does anyone have any idea if there is a market for those games anywhere? I had a great trip down memory lane browsing through those boxes (lots of Microprose - X-Com, Master of Orion, Colonization, etc, lots of early D&D/RPG games, great stuff really) but as most run/ran in a DOS environment my current machine just acts confused when loaded (even into a DOS emulator).

So if anyone has any ideas of what to do with these, I'd certainly appreciate them (yes, even the typical snarky Fark ones....).
 
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