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Atari 400 parts new available

Postby WelshWizard on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:01 pm

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdi ... 200?blt=05
Was going around the AA site and found this link to Sears, seem they still have parts for the 400 Atari in stock even did a search for some 800XL parts ( by part number only) and bingo some are still in there warehouse.

With the 400 bits even the diagrams are handy.
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Re: Atari 400 parts new available

Postby lizardb0y on Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:05 pm

Well, holy crap!

Who'd a thunk? I have quite a lot to do before I get my 400s though :)
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Re: Atari 400 parts new available

Postby tezza on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:15 pm

Far out!

Some parts not available once you get down to the details but still...Incredible that it's even there!
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Re: Atari 400 parts new available

Postby recycled on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:30 pm

On a similar line, I'm guessing that the following site is probably going to come as a surprise too then?

http://zx81kit.zx80.com/index.html

Turns out new old stock for lots of retro stuff is turning up all the time. (Found this while researching the ZX80 - there's a pretty good site for a recreation of that system too).
I guess it just depends on what you plug into Yahoo/Google as to what comes up.
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Re: Atari 400 parts new available

Postby lizardb0y on Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:48 pm

recycled wrote:On a similar line, I'm guessing that the following site is probably going to come as a surprise too then?

http://zx81kit.zx80.com/index.html


Those are the Zebra Systems ones. When I first saw them come up he was flogging them at $49.95 USD (1999) each. When he started getting orders the price jumped up ($99 USD in 2000) every year ($200 USD in 2008) or so.

recycled wrote:Turns out new old stock for lots of retro stuff is turning up all the time.


I wouldn't say "all the time." I've been in this game for about 15 years now, and such finds are a rare but pleasant surprise. I first heard of Zebra in about 2000, so they've been doing it for while now.
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Re: Atari 400 parts new available

Postby recycled on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:37 pm

Those are the Zebra Systems ones. When I first saw them come up he was flogging them at $49.95 USD (1999) each. When he started getting orders the price jumped up ($99 USD in 2000) every year ($200 USD in 2008) or so.

Perhaps he's finally running out of stock :o) I was more interested in the support peripherals (memory packs), but I think he's priced himself out of the market. Website say's he's on holiday, but it's been a long holiday if the groups are anything to go by. Most of the links are gone in support. So I'm sure he's done his dash and run.
I wouldn't say "all the time."

Cor, I must have been drunk with joy and over enthused with the discovery. If we focus on one make, then it is very infrequently, but across all systems, a couple of great finds a year seem to get mention. It's getting harder to pick the true 'barn finds' vs the recreation projects, but I stand by my comment, there are still new old parts comming to light every so often. The useful things like cases or custom chips/programmed ULAs are almost non existant, but unpopulated circuit boards and chip packs are all over the place. It's the oportunists that get lucky like mr. ZX81 there, make a splash and scam, it hiding the good stuff out there.

I'll go crawl back under my rock again :o)
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Re: Atari 400 parts new available

Postby WelshWizard on Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:53 pm

tezza wrote:Far out!

Some parts not available once you get down to the details but still...Incredible that it's even there!

True but they do list a M/B for $132.49
Keyboard for $68.99
PCB Ram board for $91.49

and things like a door shield which are often broken or missing for $3.99 or the whole door for $5.99
even a brand new PSU available

what I found best was if you have the part number and search that it shows stock for other models even though when you search for that model Sears state no info.
I wonder if they would ship internationally?
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Re: Atari 400 parts new available

Postby lizardb0y on Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:12 pm

recycled wrote:
lizardb0y wrote:Those are the Zebra Systems ones. When I first saw them come up he was flogging them at $49.95 USD (1999) each. When he started getting orders the price jumped up ($99 USD in 2000) every year ($200 USD in 2008) or so.

Perhaps he's finally running out of stock :o)

Yeah, and he's not selling any at that price - he's had "42 left in stock" for a couple of years and an entire web site re-write :)
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lizardb0y wrote:I wouldn't say "all the time."

Cor, I must have been drunk with joy and over enthused with the discovery. If we focus on one make, then it is very infrequently, but across all systems, a couple of great finds a year seem to get mention.


I'd still say it has been a rare occurrence over the past 15 odd years. And nobody's ever accused me of focussing on one make ;)

recycled wrote:... but unpopulated circuit boards and chip packs are all over the place.


Do you have some pointers here? If spares are available at good prices I'm always interested.

recycled wrote:It's the oportunists that get lucky like mr. ZX81 there, make a splash and scam, it hiding the good stuff out there.


To be fair to Stewart, these were old stock he'd had since the 80s when he was a supplier to the US education market. He "rediscovered" them sitting in his warehouse a decade or so later. I'm aware of him selling them since '96 or '97.
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Re: Atari 400 parts new available

Postby lizardb0y on Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:22 pm

Jason Scott tried out the Sears parts, and has reported as follows:

From Sears PartsDirect: "The item(s) ordered is (are) discontinued. There is no authorized substitution for the item(s) at this time."
-- https://twitter.com/#!/textfiles/status ... 4123371521


So to summarize, I ordered all unique parts from http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdi ... t=&shdMod= and none are in stock and my money is to be refunded. EXPERIMENT OVER.
-- https://twitter.com/#!/textfiles/status ... 0242032640


It's a shame really, but not surprising.
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