This lovely 10MHz home computer, yours for only $3,240

Texas Instruments' TI-99/8 never made it to market in the 1980s, but that hasn't stopped a bidding frenzy on eBay.


Nostalgia for vintage PCs knows no bounds. I still have my Apple IIc in storage, and God knows why. But I don't think I'd spend thousands on a 30-year-old machine like one eBay buyer did.

A bidding war for the rare Texas Instruments TI-99/8 has turned heads among fans of these early PCs. The winning bid of $3,240 was also unusually high for a computer of that era that's sold on eBay.

The machine is an engineering prototype designed to bolster TI's precarious position in the brutal home computer wars of the early 1980s.

It was to be released at CES 1983 before TI ultimately withdrew from the market. Only about 150 prototypes were made, according to

The machine had Extended BASIC II onboard, and came with 64KB of RAM, extendable to 15MB. Talk about power.

But due to their rarity, like the Commodore 65, TI-99/8s have appreciated in value over the past three decades. They could apparently be had for some $500 in 1998, but the latest sale seems to be the second over $3,000 in six months.

And to think The Cos was getting so excited over $100 off a TI-99 back in the day.

(Thanks Jon)

Featured Video
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Details about Apple's 'spaceship' campus from the drone pilot who flies over it

MyithZ has one of the most popular aerial photography channels on YouTube. With the exception of revealing his identity, he is an open book as he shares with CNET's Brian Tong the drone hardware he uses to capture flyover shots of the construction of Apple's new campus, which looks remarkably like an alien craft.

by Brian Tong