Thursday, July 31, 2008

Scored a few...

Well, I scored a couple Rainbow's last week from seller mkandrac36. I got Dec 1985, Jan 1988 and May 1988. Still waiting on them to arrive; should be early next week.

Not CoCo related, but, I scored a Tandy 1000 SX box at a flea market last weekend also. I figured it could be a really nice repack project. Took it home, cleaned it up and figured, what the hell... I plugged it's composite out into my 25" tv, hooked up a power cord and I was greeted by a message at the top of the screen that said 'System Memory 384k', the floppies did their seek and the machine went to a 'No operating system found' message. I couldn't believe the thing worked. So now I'm debating whether I want to part out the motherboard (the 5 1/4" & 3.5" are staying regardless) or try to restore it. I was looking on eVilBay yesterday and the hard drive cards this thing took were nowhere to be found (not a surprise). I've got a few ISA HDD controllers, but, I think they are all MFM or RLL and I know those drive are hard to come by and when you do, more often than not, they gave up the ghost long ago. Oh well, I have time to figure it out...

Oh yeah... I paid $5 for it...



Friday, July 25, 2008

Oh Christalmighty he's back...

I would be speaking of KP's Surplus. Few months ago I railed him big time on a few of his auctions being WWWAAAAAYYYY over priced. Well, check out this auction for a CoCo2 that I dare say is as yellow as my house. And he wants $149.99 + $20 shipping. If I had any use for it, I'd offer him $5.00 for it, but I'm afraid he might take it just to get some money out of me...


eVilBay seller firehoarse...

Has a TANDY COCO 3 + RARE MULTIPAK INTERFACE in BOXES listed for $649.00 Buy It Now or Best Offer (eVil gRin). So me being the smart ass I am, I bid $15.00. That expired without a response. So this morning I went back to bid $10.00. I was greeted with this:

Hello random_rodder! (Not you?)
Unfortunately, this seller has decided that you are not permitted to place best offer on their listings. You may contact the seller via the Ask Seller Questions feature if you want additional details.

Please note: You may not use other eBay accounts to place best offer on this seller's listings. Doing so may result in your indefinite suspension from eBay.

I thinks it's humorous. But I do think it's quite ridiculous to be asking the kind of money he is for these items. The MPI and CoCo3 in a box would be worth no more than $100, IMHO, and that depends on the condition. The CoCo3 looks pretty good, but without other pics it's hard to say for sure. The MPI looks okay, maybe a little yellowed, but again, it's hard to say from just one pic. Of the two items in this auction, only the MPI would be considered hard to get hold of. There are two other auctions on eVil Bay for Coco3's right now. And you can get a grade A fully tested and guaranteed CoCo3 from Mark at Cloud9 for $50 + shipping. Add another $40 and you've got a 512k CoCo3. So yeah, this auction gets my vBSOD for the day...


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What in the Blue Blazes is going on???!!!

Okay, I don't know what the deal is but Vintage Computer Museum Services has got a buttload of vintage computer stuff listed. It'll also take a buttload of cash to get the things he has listed; $70 for a CoCo Mouse? $116.00 for a Model III Clone Keyboard? Man I wish I had some of whatever he's smoking. Looking at a few of his past auctions, I'm pretty stunned. Someone actually paid $150 for Microsoft Windows 3.0 unopened NIB. Whatever.

There is a little CoCo goodness happening on EvilBay. EvilBay user crime420 has a few CoCo related items up for grabs.

That's about all that caught my interest for this round. Hopefully as the summertime wanes I'll be able to be a little more active.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Quick eBay update

I don't have time to do a full EvilBay update, but, they have re-added the categories under the Vintage Computer section, which includes the TRS-80 category. Hope to have some time to look through and do a proper 'Collector' update shortly...