Reply 100 of 114, by Anders-
Tetrium wrote on 2023-01-20, 22:46:
Scalpers will scalp anything they can make a profit off. This includes retro hardware as well as modern hardware. Generally spea […]Anders- wrote on 2023-01-20, 22:21:
Prices are up, maybe we're looking at this from different time frames? What's the period over which you compare prices when you […]Mandrew wrote on 2023-01-20, 20:24:
For certain niché items for sure. Generally speaking not so much. I think you misunderstand Ebay BIN prices and sold prices. BIN doesn't mean they can actually sell those things at that price. Hell, I want to sell my house for $1m but nobody would actually pay that.
Scalpers don't just buy one item and leave some for collectors, they buy everything they can in bulk and sell it for profit. How is that less of a problem? The average collector simply doesn't have enough storage space to hoard that much so he has to sell things eventually. People also get bored of things so the hardware finds its way back to the market one way or the other. You also sold 50% of your stuff, right? People get older and get other priorities so piling up tons of stuff is almost never permanent when it actually takes up valuable space. Ask an average wife if she wants to live in a house full of computers or start a family when the cupboards are lined with e-waste from the 80's.
Prices are up, maybe we're looking at this from different time frames? What's the period over which you compare prices when you say they don't go up?
Compare a scalper trying to grab all the newest graphics cards with a hoarder obsessed with aquiring the umc486-40 - which one do you think will run out of storage space first? Not everything retro has to do with bulky printers or crts. While I agree that hoarders can sell some items back, I'm sure plenty hang on to things forever (part of the "hoarding" syndrome).
The stuff I got rid of I just dumped in the electronics container at the nearest recycling plant, selling wasn't on my mind (too much hassle). Maybe someone else picked up a few items, I don't know.
Scalpers will scalp anything they can make a profit off. This includes retro hardware as well as modern hardware.
Generally speaking they care less about what items they are scalping as long as it's in sellable condition.
Scalpers will tend to not handle hardware (especially non-boxed older hardware) with the care it needs and may end up tossing parts on piles where usually a collector will hoard items they want to use themselves one day.
Yes, hoarders will hang onto stuff that otherwise would have been destroyed anyway. So if anything, hoarders actually increase the amount of parts available on the market and thus lower prices, if anything at all.
So you dumped your stuff instead of keeping it? You mean you had retro hardware and got rid of it and then later on regretted it?
Of course, profit is what matters. Lately the focus seems to have been on high-end gfx cards.
Hoarders keeping things from getting scrapped is good, but as long as items stay in the garage it's not on the market.
Yep, I dumped stuff, no more room in the house. A few items I regret ditching, went from "keep everything" to "keep only things I like to play with". No ragrets.
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