Anyone have an Apple IIe PDS card for the MAC they can sell me? Please send me a message
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Here is one on eBay with the "or best offer" option: https://www.ebay.com/itm/265880956372
Judging from the last 2 sales, you should offer somewhere between $350 and $450: click and click.
It is ridiculous how the prices on these have skyrocketed. I had 6 of them and sold three of them with cable, software, and a copy of the manual at Kfest five years ago for $200 each. Now it looks like I can get $400 each.
A lot of stuff is going up. 7 or 8 years ago you could buy a good, complete, working //e for $150-$200, notw they're usually around twice that. Part of it is just inflation, but there is more interest in retrocomputing than there used to be, and it isn't like they're making more of this stuff. Eventually the caches of units in storage will dry up and as long as there is still demand at that time, if there is no more supply the prices can only go one way. Things that were never made in massive quantities like the //e card are more susceptible. //e units themselves, Apple made millions and millions of them. I bet the //e card for the Mac was in the tens of thousands at most.
Another auction started today, let's see how much this one sells for: https://www.ebay.com/itm/255757846010
Based on the price it is already up to and having more than 6 days left I'd suspect it will go gfor $300+ and it does not even appear to include the Y cable, so there's another expense, although those at least are still being made (IEC and others).
An original Y-cable by itself will be nearly impossible to find. This card looks like it was a lucky find inside an old Macintosh.
The Y-cable can also be easily made from materials worth no more than $40, where the DB19 female connector is the rarest and most expensive item.
You can make them yourself, and as you note, DB19 is not readily available. However, RetroConnector still makes those cables. IEC used to, but I don't find them on their web site at the moment, although maybe I didn't do a thorough enough search. Also you can find them that people are reproducing on eBay. Occasionally you might even the elusive original Apple cable, albeit expect those to sell for a hefty price by themselves.
It didn't go that high. I guess the obvious inability of the seller to test it had an effect on the final price as well.
Untested can definitely have a negative impact on the sale. Still surprised it didn't hit $300, but it was fairly close.