There has always been a small but dedicated market for vintage computers, with classic systems such as the Altair 8800 or the original Apple I going for thousands of dollars. The Apple II might be one of the more influential machines ever built, but it was fairly common and remains easy to find on eBay, with systems going for around $200 or less (a far cry from its original $1,200-plus price).
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After reading a recent article about places to sell unwanted consumer electronics online, I decided to look through my semivintage gear for items to recycle for some spare cash.
I located my original 16GB first-generation iPod Touch, purchased via Apple's Web site the week it was announced in 2007. Having barely been used in at least the past two years, it was in mint condition, and after carefully resetting it to the factory state (thereby wiping my apps and data), it was time to find a new home for my iPod Touch.
After checking out various resale sites such as Gazelle.com, which offered my $43 for my device, I snapped a couple of photos and put it up on eBay, with a minimum bid of around $95 and a Buy it Now price of $150. That seemed in line with what other similar units were selling for, which made sense, considering the least expensive current new model was an 8GB one for $199.
Until the last day of my auction, I had only a single bid, but I knew from previous experience most bidders jumped in at the last minute (as I did several years ago when purchasing my prized JVC Videosphere TVs). The hour before my auction ended, the bids started coming in, first past $100, then $125, to finally settle at $147.50.
Even though I was out socializing after work, I quickly dropped the winning bidder (who had a decent amount of positive feedback) a note, and directed him to my PayPal account. (Actually trying to get anything done through PayPal is an entire story by itself--if eBay looks like a Web site five years out of date, than sister company PayPal's Web site is like a medieval torture device.)
I quickly got a response from by winning bidder, and I was ready to declare this an almost entirely positive experience. But, several things about my winning bidder's response gave me pause. … Read more
Wall Street was predicting that tepid performance by eBay's auction business would offset strong gains by its PayPal division in its second-quarter earnings, but the e-commerce giant ended up beating expectations: It posted revenue of $2.2 billion, when $2.16 billion had been predicted.
That's a 6 percent gain from the second quarter of 2009, or a 15 percent gain if you consider that eBay sold off the majority of its ownership in telephony service Skype last November. PayPal performance was strong, as expected, posting record revenue for a second-quarter time frame.
"We delivered strong second … Read more
The Federal Communications Commission's plan to free up 500 megahertz of additional wireless spectrum got a significant boost from the White House.
On Monday, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum that commits the U.S. to making an additional 500MHz of government and commercial spectrum available for auction and for unlicensed use within the next 10 years. This goal of getting 500MHz more spectrum in the hands of wireless broadband providers over the next decade is a key part of the National Broadband Plan that the FCC presented to Congress earlier this year.
With the backing of Obama, the … Read more
Buying or selling used hi-fi--before the Internet--was a huge hassle. Expensive classified ads in newspapers and magazines were the only option for individual sellers and buyers; that, or trade your gear in to a hi-fi dealer.
Nowadays you can buy or sell hi-fi and pretty much everything else on eBay, but I've never used it. I've always sold my old gear on AudiogoN, which specializes in high-end audio components, such as preamplifiers, power amps, speakers, CD players, turntables, cables, etc.
If you're looking for great sounding bargains, you'll find plenty on AudiogoN. I saw a vacuum-tube Dynaco FM-3 radio offered for $139; a mint-condition Marantz 2220 stereo receiver for $245; an NAD 7100 receiver for $175; and a Dual 1019 turntable for $250. AudiogoN averages around 11,000 listings at any given time.
High-end gear that originally sold for big bucks is rarely cheap, because good, quality gear, even when it's decades old, retains its value. But even so, AudiogoN is a way to get the good stuff that would otherwise be out of range. I saw a Conrad-Johnson 16 LS vacuum-tube preamplifier that sold new for $8,000 listed for $3,500.
AudiogoN was founded in 1998 and now claims 295,000 registered members. Rates for sellers are just $6 for a classified ad (which runs 30 days); or $6 for an auction, that runs between 3 and 14 days. There's also a one percent surcharge on the sale price. Buyers pay nothing for the service. Best of all, almost everyone reading the listings is an audiophile, which certainly isn't the case for eBay. Here's a link to a mock ad, so you can get an idea of what they look like.
A blogger recently reported a replica Bugatti Veyron available on eBay for $620,000. For a fake!
Even for a $1.7 million automobile, it's hardly a deal. One buyer purchased a 2008 Bugatti Veyron with only 801 miles on it at an auction for "only" $858,000.
The bargain was a result of an IRS specialty auction of Ponzi-schemer Scott Rothstein's luxury automobile collection June 3. The Florida lawyer used other people's money to curate a large stable of specialty vehicles, including a 1967 Corvette and a 208 Ford Expedition Limousine.
But the piece … Read more
We start low this week with a sad story about Foxconn and more specifically, Foxconn's employees. We achieve a disposition that's definitely humorous, but respectful. I hope.
Keeping with the "big three" theme, Google shows some speed tests of Chrome; and Opera did a little testing of their own.
At least one of us 007 fans who have dreamed of driving James Bond's cool Aston Martin could get our wish--that is, those of us with $5 million handy.
Sporting its full arsenal of Q-inspired gadgets from the bulletproof shield to the revolving license plate to the oil slick sprayer, Bond's famed Aston Martin DB5 will rev up for auction in October in London. Available through automobile auction house RM Auctions and Sotheby's, the car is expected to drive away with a price tag of $5 million.
Known by its original U.K. registration number of FMP … Read more
Last week I did the unthinkable. I sold my iPad on eBay.
Was it a case of buyer's remorse? There was some of that, sure. But more than anything it was due to Apple's returns and exchanges policy, which gives buyers two weeks (instead of the more typical 30 days) to change their mind. And if it's been opened, you have to pay a fairly standard 10 percent restocking fee, which for the iPad can range from $60 to $83, depending on what model you got.
To be fair, I knew about these limitations upfront. So, being … Read more