Old_System_ 80_User wrote:I'm looking at a C64 (not breadbox) with disk drive, centronics printer interface, quite a lot of software and books (no monitor, or printer) and have been asked to give it a price - suggestions please
I will instead try answer the question how much is this lot might sell for at auction.
The C64 is the most common vintage computer auction for sale on trademe and it is not uncommon to see a couple listed at the same time. Prices start at $35 upwards for an orphan, and $40-$70 is the most common range for ones in lots. The premium comes when original boxing for the computer is still present, and the specifics of peripherals and software. Not having a printer to pay postage on makes the auction more desirable.
I would say $50 is a good start, but the determinant for what you describe would be how many books there are (published ones,not just manuals for the tape and disc drives), and amount of original (boxed) software there is.
For some mental arithmetic, a fiver for each book and a couple of dollars for each bit of original software. Make it five for a cartridge. Some people don't care if they're originals and just want it for the games. A disc box of 50 copied games can be appealing to a non-collector.
Lowest prices are for pick up only auctions.
The best prices at auction actually go to the best described with hyperbole and best laid out for photographs. That is my top tip that many don't do as they lay out their clumps of "look what I pulled out of the shed, there's no reason why it should not work because it did 25 years ago" type auctions.