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First post, by eesz34

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This blows me away. Amazing that someone can collect so much. I bet someone could resell it individually and make some money.

I have one vintage computer, maybe 2 if you consider an Athlon X2 to be vintage. I could buy more but my better judgement overrides my urge. It's just cool to look at this listing.

Reply 1 of 35, by holdencars11

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I fear that when I die, someone will be faced with a similar situation to this.. hahahha.. 🙁

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Reply 2 of 35, by the3dfxdude

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Oh that guy. I was wondering when I saw your post. He collected all that, all from the same place, because he thought it'd be cool, and now doesn't want it, and selling all of it at once for around $100 bucks on average for each item. I warned people the way things were being done that it was attracting people that didn't really know what to do with it, but were just taking whatever they could fit. At least the last bit of the stuff at the warehouse went to a real computer rehabilitator. Finally...

If you do put together a collection and decide to be rid of it because times change, I fear the situation will frequently be, "I just want it gone together", and that will frequently be a hard sell, because how many museums and recyclers, or other people that have any memory of some of this stuff are there going to be in a few years? Then whoever has to handle the estate has to dump it quickly and will not hold your viewpoint, leading to more rare things disappearing. At least consider the consequence of holding onto a large range of vintage PCs, and have a plan 😉

Reply 3 of 35, by gerry

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the price is too high. I'm not saying that the same might be achieved selling one by one or in small batches, but for all at once untested etc it could just be mostly beyond rescue (beyond worthwhile rescue anyway) and is also likely too broad a collection to be of genuine lasting interest to any particular enthusiast

i'm guessing this the 'famous' computer reset stuff featured in lgr years ago?

Reply 4 of 35, by FioGermi

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Yeah, that is a little too much money IMO. Too much money to end up with a pallet of stuff that might die in transport or didn't even work to begin with. This is absolutely a wildcard purchase for rich collectors. I'd be more comfortable going through a collection this big and checking each computer over individually, selecting a few items and paying based off what was chosen. There is absolutely money here, just not necessarily that much for a pallet of unknowns. idk.

Hope it all finds a good home eventually though.

Reply 5 of 35, by eesz34

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the3dfxdude wrote on 2022-04-19, 13:33:

Oh that guy. I was wondering when I saw your post. He collected all that, all from the same place, because he thought it'd be cool, and now doesn't want it, and selling all of it at once for around $100 bucks on average for each item. I warned people the way things were being done that it was attracting people that didn't really know what to do with it, but were just taking whatever they could fit. At least the last bit of the stuff at the warehouse went to a real computer rehabilitator. Finally...

If you do put together a collection and decide to be rid of it because times change, I fear the situation will frequently be, "I just want it gone together", and that will frequently be a hard sell, because how many museums and recyclers, or other people that have any memory of some of this stuff are there going to be in a few years? Then whoever has to handle the estate has to dump it quickly and will not hold your viewpoint, leading to more rare things disappearing. At least consider the consequence of holding onto a large range of vintage PCs, and have a plan 😉

Oh, so this is all from the same place! Computer Reset I assume. I hate to say it but that's a little OCD. I would have picked a few good items and been happy. This is just crazy. I see multiple copies of the same system, at least from the outward appearance.

Reply 6 of 35, by Cuttoon

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That's not a collection.

THAT IS A HOARD!

Ten thousand is a bit more than nothing. Even with an optimistic estimate of content and condition, well... the average percent of it might be a good deal in the right hands, but that amound?

- you'd need some serious ride to transport it, dad's pickup won't quite do
- same for storage
- if you'd want to sell that in less than ten years, the financial authorities may want to have a word with you so you'd have to go pro and do all that by the book and over the books.

So, while you might be able to unload that with some effort for more money, I'm not sure that it would reflect a good hourly wage, to say the least.

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Reply 7 of 35, by Errius

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Need a proper warehouse with humidity/temperature/rodent control to store all of that, which is not going to be cheap.

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Reply 8 of 35, by FioGermi

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Since someone mentioned Computer Reset. So...did someone really just walk into CR one day and vacuum up the entirety of their inventory? Like, i get that there are collectors out there like LGR with shelves and bins full of stuff. But this many computers seems like too much for a single collector. This seems more like PC hoarding then collecting. If it where a variety of different types of computer (Amiga/Japanese stuff/whatever) and you where making a mini museum or something...i might understand.

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Reply 9 of 35, by the3dfxdude

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eesz34 wrote on 2022-04-19, 15:16:

Oh, so this is all from the same place! Computer Reset I assume. I hate to say it but that's a little OCD. I would have picked a few good items and been happy. This is just crazy. I see multiple copies of the same system, at least from the outward appearance.

It's mentioned in the listing. I was thinking initially your post was another horde, because they do come up from time to time. But of course, this one is a bit notable, because it really was one big impulse thing based on the opportunity, but now he's a bit stuck with all that, considering it's been up for weeks now.

FioGermi wrote:

Since someone mentioned Computer Reset. So...did someone really just walk into CR one day and vacuum up the entirety of their inventory? Like, i get that there are collectors out there like LGR with shelves and bins full of stuff. But this many computers seems like too much for a single collector. This seems more like PC hoarding then collecting.

There wasn't really much valuable things being offered up in the end, but ... thankfully the right people (a refurbishing business) showed up at the end and took the last of it.

Reply 10 of 35, by The Serpent Rider

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holdencars11 wrote:

I fear that when I die, someone will be faced with a similar situation to this.. hahahha..

The correct way is to be buried under pyramid with all you hardware collection and games.

I must be some kind of standard: the anonymous gangbanger of the 21st century.

Reply 11 of 35, by FioGermi

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The Serpent Rider wrote on 2022-04-19, 17:55:
holdencars11 wrote:

I fear that when I die, someone will be faced with a similar situation to this.. hahahha..

The correct way is to be buried under pyramid with all you hardware collection and games.

Imagine being the last person alive on earth, digging up a place you were told hid supplies for the end times.

....and it turns out to be someone's pile of Ramgang Collector Series shareware games. Oh and a can of diet coke.

Reply 12 of 35, by Shponglefan

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FioGermi wrote on 2022-04-19, 16:15:

This seems more like PC hoarding then collecting.

That's exactly what it is.

It's one thing to collect hardware that one can use and enjoy (or refurbish and sell). It's a whole different thing to hoard a stack of a computers that can't even be used.

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Reply 13 of 35, by Unknown_K

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There seems to be some decent older IBM and Compaq machines there plus a boxed PPro.

Looks to me like he filled a spare bedroom up with gear that his GF/WIFE now wants gone. Who knows if he tried to sell it piece by piece and didn't have the time to get rid of it all.

I spent 20 years collecting my hoard and would probably need 20 years to sell it off piece by piece.

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Reply 14 of 35, by FioGermi

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Could have been a binge buy. Saw a place filled with older computers cleaning out house and thought: "Hey, i wanna get into retro stuff! Let me dump a few paychecks into this entire lot and start my instant collection". Then realized it was way too much stuff and too much time needed to be spend on restoring things.

Not unheard of.

Reply 15 of 35, by CoffeeOne

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Unknown_K wrote on 2022-04-19, 20:23:

There seems to be some decent older IBM and Compaq machines there plus a boxed PPro.

Looks to me like he filled a spare bedroom up with gear that his GF/WIFE now wants gone. Who knows if he tried to sell it piece by piece and didn't have the time to get rid of it all.

I spent 20 years collecting my hoard and would probably need 20 years to sell it off piece by piece.

Hmm, the room is still (close to) empty, a lot more machines would have space.

Reply 16 of 35, by kixs

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I'd sell the most valuable stuff and put the rest for free pickup. I might do the same when my time comes as I don't see myself testing, selling, shipping several 100's of items...

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Reply 17 of 35, by davidrg

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the3dfxdude wrote on 2022-04-19, 16:18:

There wasn't really much valuable things being offered up in the end, but ... thankfully the right people (a refurbishing business) showed up at the end and took the last of it.

Even in LGRs last video I saw piles of stuff I would have gladly taken if there was some way to get it from the other side of the world. IIRC I saw a boxed copy of Banyan VINES which would have been neat to explore.

Reply 18 of 35, by Unknown_K

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kixs wrote on 2022-04-19, 20:45:

I'd sell the most valuable stuff and put the rest for free pickup. I might do the same when my time comes as I don't see myself testing, selling, shipping several 100's of items...

Yes, but assume you are going to sell in 10 to 20 years most items will be more valuable, and parted machines would be worth more than complete ones if the parts are tested.

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Reply 19 of 35, by the3dfxdude

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davidrg wrote on 2022-04-19, 21:56:
the3dfxdude wrote on 2022-04-19, 16:18:

There wasn't really much valuable things being offered up in the end, but ... thankfully the right people (a refurbishing business) showed up at the end and took the last of it.

Even in LGRs last video I saw piles of stuff I would have gladly taken if there was some way to get it from the other side of the world. IIRC I saw a boxed copy of Banyan VINES which would have been neat to explore.

Yes, and I would have glad to get mundane stuff too. But it's not worth any money to me and it wasn't worth traveling there. There are plenty of opportunities here that doesn't require traveling.