What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

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Well, I thought it would die down by now. It still seems to me anyway that the Apple IIe systems are being listed for a mint on ebay. None of them are selling, but people have outrageous prices on them. I used to be able to buy them a few months ago for 25-40 dollars per unit and around 10 dollars shipping.

Look at these:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-IIe-Vintage-Computer-with-2-Disk-drives-Monitor-and-3-installed-cards-/140980520254?pt=US_Vintage_Computers_Mainframes&hash=item20d318053e

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-II-E-Computer-two-monitors-many-extras-/130929888946?pt=Apple_Desktops&hash=item1e7c078eb2

- and -

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-IIe-HUGE-LOT-Drives-Computers-Software-/350725522847?pt=US_Vintage_Computers_Mainframes&hash=item51a8dec59f

Just to name a few.

Well - If these sell at this price, I am going to sell all of mine. They don't seem to be moving at these prices, but a few are.

Like this one for $350.00 (Don't understand why, but could be missing something)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-IIe-computer-iie-2e-two-e-with-monitor-working-memory-expansion-/151018494769?pt=US_Vintage_Computers_Mainframes&hash=item2329675b31

One went for charity and was over $400.00. Okay I understand that.

Does anyone else see this phenomena?

THanks,Jay

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

because half of the people have below-average intelligence? Laughing out loud

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

Jay,

You are not the only one seeing this.
All the ones you have listed, and a few more.
As long as people are thinking about the fact that an original Apple II went for $23k, they are going to try and get what they think they can.

Will it die down? Maybe when they see the other three Apple II's go for less and less (as they are doing by the way), the bubble will burst and they will stop.

At least I hope so...

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

It is being caused by other sellers engaging in price gouging. You will typically see complete systems going for in excess of $400.00 depending on which parts are included and how much software it comes with. The original manuals and boxes also drive up the price but what is not commonly known is that the systems inside those boxes are usually not in mint condition. They have only been taken out of the environment and put back into the original box for the specific purpose of increasing the resale price. However, it is very difficult to now put a set price on any system due to the significantly large amount of variables that determine the final value of a given system.

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

Another big final value factor is if the computer has any desirable cards in it.

Also here is another apple IIe lot that truly belongs in the laughable thread:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-Of-Apple-IIe-Computers-with-5-25-Disk-II-Drives-And-2-Printers-/190859232975?pt=US_Vintage_Computers_Mainframes&hash=item2c7018c6cf

Feel free to add it to the laughable thread lol.

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

I omitted that fact since most of the auctions mentioned in this thread lack any valuable add on cards.

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

I was thinking of picking up a couple of systems like that for parts and utility and experiments and all that. What is a good price? $10, $20, $25? And that's going to have to include shipping because I'm not in the habit of paying high prices for crap.

I tend to observe that a ridiculously high price is set, with the hopes that there is "something" unique and one-of-a-kind that the inexperienced (he knows he is) seller is overlooking something.

And that a private & invisible bidding war will start. An invisible one because only the seller knows about the offers rolling in!

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

I seen the auction for the IIe that Transwarp referenced and about laughed my ass off.
Yes...I should have placed it and several others up on the "Laughable" thread.

These folks are A Number 1 members of the Timothy Leary Club.

(For those of you who are not old enough to understand the reference, Look Up Timothy Leary in Wikipedia)

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

transwarp II guy wrote:

Another big final value factor is if the computer has any desirable cards in it.

Also here is another apple IIe lot that truly belongs in the laughable thread:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-Of-Apple-IIe-Computers-with-5-25-Disk-II-Drives-And-2-Printers-/190859232975?pt=US_Vintage_Computers_Mainframes&hash=item2c7018c6cf

Feel free to add it to the laughable thread lol.

THis guy lives right by me and I asked to come take a look at it. Have not gotten a response yet, bur will keep everyone posted.

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Re: What is up with the Apple IIe systems on ebay

Jay and Transwarp,

You notice that he has dropped the price by half?
After looking closely at the pictures, I wrote this guy and told him in no uncertain terms that no one would spend $2,400.00 on this unit in the condition it's in.
He dropped it to $1,200.00.
I wrote him again saying the same thing.
Apparently, he, or his friend that he is selling it for, think this unit is worth what they want.
That's too bad.

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