tezza wrote:Notwithstanding the Panasonic Exec Partner (which I think is an abberation), I do get the feeling that vintage computer prices have been rising in the last few months though. Is that your feeling?
psffssft: Everyone,I found a Panasonic Executive Partner 270 286 notebook lying around at home. Will sell at a fraction of the price of the older Panasonic selling on trademe. Do you a good deal. Not sure if it goes, but don't let that sully your opinion of it
The seller did well promoting the auction by taking the current value of it in dollar terms, if only he'd used some asset depreciation schedule also to adjust.
I've seen prices go up quite a bit in a few years as a whole, whereas I think the last few months are but local maxima prices. Business computers which never use to get a sniff at $30 now are around the $100+ mark and when I first started buying a rare computer was around the $60-$70 mark but is now $100+. But I do believe that as most collectors get to the point where they have the items they want of the common/uncommon variety it's only the rarer items that are fiercely contested.
Some calculators have gone for what seem like incredible prices (without knowing what they might be on the international scene), Milton Bradley Simon games never seem to sell for less than $50 a pop. The only thing I haven't seen appreciate in value are the pong and older cartridge consoles. One of my first auction buys was for a Tempest which I paid $45+postage for. Since then I have commonly only paid between $10-$20 (excl postage) for one.
What is inflationary is not factoring in postage. It's a luxury I don't have with the little supply of items where I am and if I factored post into the price I wouldn't have anything. Profits in the postage industry must be huge on the back on the trademe phenomenon and God forbid the day trademe bring in a buyer premium as another way to monetize their site.
The last minute bidding sniper strategy I find as being quite inflationary as that's where the emotion comes into play. As a personal code of ethic I will only bid at the end against someone else who bids at the end, or sometimes against an a handle I don't recognise, but not against a collector who bids early. Though I must say that sometimes it takes till the end of an auction to finally convince yourself that you want something.
I think the market mechanism may be a bit like free will - the moment you mess with it, you break it. I just paid too much for some C64 games where I thought I'd make an offer to buy just a few for what was the total worth of the lot so they seller could stand to make more, but my offer seemed to have been interpreted as 'if a few are worth that much, the lot must be worth more'. Well, I at least now have Little Computer People, an item I had always listed on this site in my wanted list, but alas on a bit of reading I found out the tape is a crippled version rather than the disc version (which I now see is fairly sort after on ebay) which actually brought the game to life.