I just joined the AppleFritter.com Web site.
I don't know whether any of you collect Apple II or Macintosh computer systems, but I've been in the process of building an Apple IIgs System, component by component.
I'd welcome any of your thoughts on some questions that have come up for me while I've been working on building this Apple IIgs System.
(1) Is an Apple IIgs System really a financial investment/asset (that, even adjusting for inflation, likely will sell for more money than it cost to buy now, as a collector's item, (assuming that it's maintained well once it's purchased currently)? My impression is that, of all of the Apple II Systems, the Apple IIgs is the most sought after (and receives the highest monetary offers) by vintage Apple Computer buyers (I believe because, since it's the newest and last Apple II computer manufactured by Apple, it offers the greatest number of options for current expandability).
When I've read certain written descriptions accompanying Apple IIgs components or whole Systems on, for example, eBay, I've noted that some sellers have said that the Apple IIgs will continue only to become rarer and more difficult to find as the years go by, (I believe the implication being that therefore, if their supply/availability decreases, then demand [and the corresponding price offered by prospective buyers] will go up). However, I can't tell whether this is a marketing tactic. For example, in reality, at least currently, there seem to be a substantial number of Apple IIgs CPUs and other basic Apple IIgs System components coming onto eBay intermittently (with no short-term indication that I can see that the supply of these Apple IIgs CPUs and other basic Apple IIgs System components actually is diminishing). But, do you predict that, say, 10 years from now, it really will be substantially more difficult for a buyer to find Apple IIgs CPUs and other basic Apple IIgs System components, thereby actually raising the monetary value of an Apple IIgs System that I currently am in the process of purchasing?
(2) As I've found in many unrelated contexts as a common principle, the purchase of specific Apple IIgs components being offered for sale seems to follow the concept of "diminishing returns", especially with respect to the external condition in which any particular Apple IIgs component offered for sale looks to be in. That is, the difference in apparent external quality between a $40 Apple IIgs RGB Monitor and a $100 Apple IIgs Monitor seems often to be substantial and very noticeable - and therefore clearly worth making the greater ($100) investment to get an obviously better-maintained component. But, in accordance with the "diminishing returns" principle, in order to find an Apple IIgs RGB Monitor that's in A/A+ - "Mint Condition" (even with or without its box), versus one that's a little bit less than perfect, the cost might be $300 instead of $100 (just to have this Monitor without very slight yellowing, or a minor scratch or two on its plastic). Intuitively, it seems to me as though the highest (and most certain) monetary return-on-investment (or even net profit from their future sales) would be on Apple IIgs components that are purchased and subsequently maintained in A- condition - that is, very good-to-excellent condition, but just short of perfect condition - "Mint Condition".
(3) I've heard more than once that the final Apple IIgs CPU Revision - the ROM 3 - is not only the most powerful Apple IIgs CPU, but that it's also the rarest-to-find Apple IIgs CPU Revision (and, in part because of its comparative scarcity, that it's therefore currently the most expensive Apple IIgs CPU Revision). This comparative rareness of the Apple IIgs CPU Revision ROM 3 is surprising to me because both of the other 2 Apple IIgs CPU Revisions combined (the ROM 00 and the ROM 01) were sold for just over 2 years, whereas the ROM 3 CPU Revision was sold for over 3 years. But maybe there are other factors that I'm not considering (than the comparative time-on-sale by Apple of these Apple IIgs CPU Revisions). For example, maybe during the time when the Apple IIgs ROM 3 was sold - even though it was a longer amount of time than the 2 predecessor CPU Revisions combined - the Macintosh had become of much greater focus to Apple and to Apple Computer System buyers, and therefore had begun to comprise a greater and greater percentage of the total Apple Computers purchased by buyers from Apple who were going to buy either a new Apple IIgs CPU Revision ROM 3 or a new Macintosh.
(4) I've noticed several similarities between the similar-vintage Apple IIgs CPU Version ROM 3 and the Macintosh LC II computer systems. These 2 computer systems look to me to have a relatively similar external design (and the 6.0.1 GS/OS for the Apple IIgs, as a whole, I believe looks similar to the O.S. of the Macintosh LC II). I'm wondering whether the Macintosh LC II's CPU has a circuit board casing that opens easily, as the Apple IIgs CPU Revision ROM 3 circuit board's CPU casing does. Or, have all vintages of Macintosh CPUs always been "closed systems", requiring tools to open their CPUs' casings (and not containing circuit board card expansion slots, for which I believe that the Apple II computer model line was renowned).
(5) Are there any particular advantages that either the Apple IIgs CPU Revision ROM 3 and/or the similar-vintage Macintosh LC II have compared to one another? This question doesn't seem to have an obvious answer to me because, for example, although the Apple IIgs CPU Revision ROM 3 may be much more easily expandable, this benefit seems potentially largely to be offset by the higher processor and RAM specifications, as well as the greater number of built-in peripheral device connection ports included with the Macintosh LC II. (For example, based on these 2 computers' baseline CPU maximum processor speed specifications, it looks to me as though the [usually I've seen costing around $175] purchase of, and inclusion in a CPU slot of an Apple IIgs CPU Revision ROM 3, a TransWarp processor speed accelerator card, might not increase the Apple IIgs CPU Revision ROM 3's processing speed to a higher velocity than that which the similar-vintage Macintosh LC II came standard in the first place [without this need to purchase a relatively expensive additional TransWarp CPU processor accelerator card].)
Thanks. If Members would like to comment on any of these Apple IIgs Computer System issues, that would be great. I'd be very interested to hear what you might want to talk about, especially regarding these topics.