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Richard Erlacher
08/12/12 07:38
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Denver, Co
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#188051 - I've often been unable to understand priorities of others
Responding to: Michael Karas's previous message
I don't see the sense of collecting old IC's. That doesn't keep people from doing it. Likewise, I don't see the point in spending $100k on refitting a perfectly good car costing $30k or more just to make it into a different car costing $20k, yet they do it on TV every week.

Clearly some folks see value where I don't. Per once argued that a cellphone is an appropriate replacement for a Rolodex and a wristwatch, among other things, and, while I don't agree, I can, in a fashion, see why one might see things that way.

Inasmuch as I've discarded old cerdips that might otherwise have made interesting tie-tacks, or cuff links, or whatever, I certainly can't see any reason to pay $800 for one of them. I really can't justify paying much for any old computing hardware, unless it's complete and operational.

Old microcomputers, when operational, generally had quite a range of I/O capability. Those are capable of doing useful work, though they do require they be programmed to do that. That old i8008 chip requires a lot of hardware and firmware before it'll do anything.

I witnessed a relative purchasing the last-offered case of 1936 Chateau Montrachet at a price that was just ridiculous. It required the buyer build a wine-cellar costing millions just to preserve its value. Surely one wouldn't drink such a precious commodity! Why, then, would one buy it? ... and then, at least you could drink it ... but $800 for an old Intel cerdip?

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List of 26 messages in thread
TopicAuthorDate
Rare Intel Chip      Michael Karas      08/10/12 19:10      
   Makes me wonder      Per Westermark      08/10/12 19:59      
      You remember I mentioned this one?      Richard Erlacher      08/25/12 15:07      
   nice      Stefan KAnev      08/11/12 08:01      
      "free delivery"      Andy Neil      08/11/12 08:06      
      Consider this...      Michael Karas      08/11/12 09:08      
         fake ICs      Mahmood Elnasser      08/11/12 09:57      
   Gee ... maybe I should offer my "High-Tech Tie Tack"      Richard Erlacher      08/11/12 11:36      
   Absurdity        Michael Karas      08/11/12 16:25      
      Why amazed?      Per Westermark      08/11/12 17:22      
      I've often been unable to understand priorities of others      Richard Erlacher      08/12/12 07:38      
         $800,000.00      Per Westermark      08/12/12 08:08      
            Actual value...        David Brown      08/22/12 00:57      
               Vintage IC Collecting      John Culver      08/22/12 15:22      
      Amusing distraction      Oliver Sedlacek      08/13/12 03:31      
         Yes, we've got that show too.      Richard Erlacher      08/13/12 10:34      
            I think you missed the point, there, Richard        Andy Neil      08/13/12 14:05      
               Yes, but the rarity comes from the quality      Richard Erlacher      08/14/12 11:38      
                  Routes to rarity        Oliver Sedlacek      08/15/12 04:58      
                     true enough!      Richard Erlacher      08/15/12 18:05      
         tut, tut...      Andy Neil      08/13/12 14:02      
            Multiple with same name?      Per Westermark      08/13/12 16:57      
               It all-too-often seems that way      Andy Neil      08/13/12 17:17      
                  replication        Michael Karas      08/13/12 18:59      
            Mid atlantic      Oliver Sedlacek      08/14/12 03:28      
   Yes, even for a collector, it's 1000x what it might be      Richard Erlacher      08/12/12 11:28      

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