Inspired by the 'This is laughable!' thread, I'm hoping this thread can be a guide to those Australian Apple ][ enthusiasts when it comes to valuation and purchase of vintage hardware and software.
I've had some frustration lately not just from exorbitantly high prices online in general, but from the disconnect between USA listings (where prices are generally lower) and those in Australia, where prices can be skewed higher due to distance or rarity.
I hope this thread can help other Apple enthusiasts in Australia to match their potential purchases against previous examples, to make sure they are not overpaying. Australians should feel free to add their bargains here.
While prices may be cheaper in the USA, the cruel reality is that basic vintage items are more expensive in Australia. But looking at eBay, it can be unclear how much markup is acceptable.
All prices in Australian dollars. All items below were purchased within Australia, or when indicated, purchased from overseas including shipping.
I recently purchased an Apple //c with software, //c monitor, manuals and an original ImageWriter printer for AU$160. It required minimal restoration to get working (isopropyl on the disk drive read head).
Previously I have purchased an Apple //e for AU$200, including monitor, Silentype printer (which was unrepairable), and Duodisk drive. This machine was not working, required a power supply repair (easy).
Subsequently I purchased an original Disk II for about $50, controller card for approx $30.
I purchased an ImageWriter II for $110 including interstate shipping.
I have purchased two Super Serial Cards for less than $50 each including international shipping.