Little rant from me.
I've taken a break from hardware lately. Prices have gone ballistic locally, and I'm guessing that is in part due to COVID-19 and people having more free time to spend on their hobbies. Prices on new hardware is up too. Understandable, but still a bummer.
Instead I've been spending time on the software side of retro. Collecting and archiving. I've had good success finding copies of previously expensive commercial software that isn't archived online (or just old warez copies missing most of the content) at very reasonable prices (or free), and I am very thankful for that.
However, in the last couple of weeks I've ran into three different people with such software willing to let go of it with an ad on Gumtree, Facebook and similar. Upon messaging them and talking, they decide to jack up the price to stupid amounts. I don't want to lie to people - I tell them I collect and archive it for future generations and hobbyists to be able to access something that might otherwise be lost to time. As soon as they hear collect, it's like a switch goes off and something that was listed for $5-$30 is now worth $200+ in their eyes.
I've given up trying to reason with these people. Chances are they'll never sell it, I'll never buy it at that price and they will just hold onto it forever or it'll end up in landfill.
I try not to let it get to me, because the amount of people who have been overwhelmingly positive in wanting to have something they themselves likely have fond memories of and gone above anything I could have expected to get items to me has been incredible. But damn, the fact some people suddenly jack up the price 10x when they hear "collect" just frustrates me to no end.
Do I just have to make up bullshit to be able to buy items at their advertised price from some people? I hope not.