First post, by Jed118
For me, it was in September of 1996 when we moved to a new city and I had a box of parts left over from my middle school project of repairing 3-4 skids worth of PCs (got around 3/4s of them working in one way or another). I looked up this place in the phonebook:
and gave them a call. Owner said he'll buy my parts (some old 386 mobos, RAM, whatever parts could not be made into full computers) and asked me where I got it all from, so I explained it to him. His hiring criteria was to go to the back and build him a system around as many parts as I had brought with me, filling in the gaps with his stock.
I was able to make a booting 386 in something like 45 minutes. I was hired.
Looking at some of the prices (1998 version), I wish 286/386 motherboards were still $5. SCSI controllers held their value (minus inflation) and I've sold P166 systems for about what the asking price is up on the site. Modems seem to have taken the worst hit, and I clearly recall the $15 used floppy drives, buying several myself.
What a trip back that was!