keenmaster486 wrote on 2023-10-18, 05:37:
younger people are continually being introduced to it.
Yes, and it's also surprising how many youngsters are into older stuff from the get go, I guess remembering what their parents used when they were children. My 25-ish daughter's bf runs a 1980/90s car. She uses a Fed 4 camera (as well as digital). My sons have their old GBs, GBAs, N64s from when they were children, and buy like things themselves now as well newer stuff.
What I haven't found though is any interest from them in old computer hardware, PC or Mac (despite having been faffing about with this stuff since they were tiny... but maybe that put them off). It's the games they are interested in.
It seems as though there's a glut at first when people are moving on (or are already a few generations on) - looking back I once bought a GUS ACE and a Voodoo 5 for £1 each... unbelievable.... - but that time is long past for pre-2000 stuff which I guess is mostly the interest here. Once that period is over, things get silly.
Personally I gave up buying PC stuff a long time back, I have some spares and some stuff i don't need but can't bring myself to sell (or in some cases chuck). With inflation, might as well hang onto it a while longer. If others are doing the same that will constrain supply. And the sillier buying prices are the more likely some of us will hang on to what we have.
It's weird how some fairly common things - and indeed quite old but fairly common things too - hold their price (ie regularly are exchanged at relatively high prices) whereas other functionally similar things exchange at much lower prices. And how some ancient devices that are rare have high asking prices but don't seem to sell sometimes for years; I guess some of that is the museum piece effect though. Can be quite frustrating when you just want to play with some old tat for cheap.