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Working Apple II Computer Sold For $6,100 on eBay

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November 15, 2011 9:08:58 PM

OMG.....
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November 15, 2011 9:09:44 PM

Wow you can almost buy a macbook Pro for that price
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November 15, 2011 9:21:04 PM

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
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November 15, 2011 9:24:42 PM

But can it play Crysis?
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November 15, 2011 9:25:17 PM

I hope this shed some light of the insane prices that used apple products retail for. I dont care why, I just take advantage that it does.
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November 15, 2011 9:28:01 PM

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The machine was largely designed by Steve Wozniak and represented one of the first "complete" pre-assembled computers consumers could buy at the time.


That's right, Apple fans. Wozniak, not Jobs. Ever heard of the former? :)  Jobs was just a businessman.
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November 15, 2011 9:36:04 PM

Hold on to your 1st gen iPads, people. Put it in storage in a plastic bag for 34 years then auction it off. Some moron is guaranteed to buy it.
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November 15, 2011 9:36:31 PM

amk-aka-PhantomThat's right, Apple fans. Wozniak, not Jobs. Ever heard of the former? Jobs was just a businessman.
The Sheeple think you're lying. The very few Apple enthusiasts who have half a brain already knew this.

Inb4 is applefag
Inb4 can't inb4

Can't wait for ICS on my DX ~_~
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November 15, 2011 9:43:17 PM

Using a CPI calculator $1,298 in todays money comes to $4,859.77. A stock standard 12 Core Mac Pro will set u back $$4.999.00. So $1,298 in 1977 for the best Mac money could buy....bargain lol
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November 15, 2011 9:46:40 PM

I think of Steve Wozniak when I wanna turn that Apple frown upside down
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November 15, 2011 9:46:43 PM

Meh, should have passed it down to his family or something to keep for like another 100 years. $1300 in 1977 > $6000 in 2011.
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November 15, 2011 11:04:07 PM

Where can I buy 4KB of Ram right now!
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November 15, 2011 11:35:04 PM

wow, Apple is still overpriced even when its old.
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November 15, 2011 11:43:53 PM

No worries. That was from a NPB (if you don't know what that means, google it) so it was just for fun. The seller will have to relist it.
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November 16, 2011 12:08:16 AM

freddy782But can it play Crysis?

I gave a thumbs up. This will NEVER get old! :D 
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November 16, 2011 12:17:21 AM

dameon51I gave a thumbs up. This will NEVER get old!

Actually, it does get old and adds no value, whatsoever, to any discussion.

Regarding the topic of this thread, collectors value things well beyond any meaningful value except to collectors. Good for both the seller and the buyer.

Of note, personally, I taught high school computer science classes with these and old Tandy TRS-80s (I was a student how had the "knack" and picked up the BASIC class very quickly). Good to see some history like this from time to time.
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November 16, 2011 12:37:03 AM

Despite what Apple has become, this is still a legacy.
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November 16, 2011 12:56:12 AM

Hmmm, I'm a little surprised that Apple didn't sue to stop the auction claiming that they still owned it.
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November 16, 2011 1:51:59 AM

I can understand why it reaches that price. Some people like to collect old technology and they will pay up pretty hefty prices for hardware. Google cpu collection just to get an idea.
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November 16, 2011 2:08:00 AM

I first learned BASIC programming on one of these. For all the anti-apple comments being made, did any of you realize that, at one time, this was the only home computer available at any cost? It brings back a lot of memories. Anyone remember the original Wizardry game? Yeah, played it on this bad boy.
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November 16, 2011 4:01:44 AM

The original Apple goes for WAY over $6100. They start at around $50,000 and only if they're in completely crappy condition.

It's strange that all the kiddies that hate Apple and compare Jobs to the Devil never mention that the first Apple was priced at $666. That's no joke.

The TRS-80 was the first fully functional micro-computer released.
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November 16, 2011 4:34:56 AM

I bought my first computer for $1200 in 1981, TRS-80 Color Computer with a massive 32KB RAM and a C90 Cassette tape drive for loading/storing my programs. I was age 16. By age 18 I pioneered computer science classes in High School and had articles published in Hot CoCo magazine. By age 20 while working my way thru university and holding down a part time accounting job, I had released 3 fully functional games for free.

And what do I see at Tom's, a bunch of silver spooners full of broken facts, mis-information, and a fanatical attactment to whatever it is they bought because ONLY what they bought must be the best.

It's sad to see so many people with so little understanding of how Apple evolved and how Microsoft evolved and how Japanese companies evolved ... just endless Fanboys with no respect for anything that isn't free.

So much hate and so little justification.

Is this really the "readership" you want Tom's?
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November 16, 2011 6:23:09 AM

ta152hThe TRS-80 was the first fully functional micro-computer released.


According to wikipedia, the TRS-80 was released 2-3 months after the Apple II.

btw: ta152h as in the late WW2 German fighter plane?
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November 16, 2011 10:48:11 AM

molo9000According to wikipedia, the TRS-80 was released 2-3 months after the Apple II.btw: ta152h as in the late WW2 German fighter plane?



Kurt Tank's best design was the FW187. Love the 152 though.
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November 16, 2011 1:24:23 PM

V8VENOM just endless Fanboys with no respect for anything that isn't free.So much hate and so little justification.Is this really the "readership" you want Tom's?


You hit the nail on the head. Every Apple article is littered with kids trying be the first one to make a joke, so they can get plusses next to their names. Try the same thing in an Android article, and they lose their minds and rage hard. It is hilarious to see how worked up these kids get over toys, but I suppose that is an inherent quality of children with no responsibilities.
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November 16, 2011 1:42:18 PM

They would have to pay me almost that much to sport an Apple Logoed device. Sorry, but Apple *IS* the insignia of moronory and technological cluelessness.
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November 16, 2011 2:06:45 PM

WOW!! My old highschool must be rich by now!
They had tons of those!!
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November 16, 2011 2:35:33 PM

Because Mac is too mainstream.
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November 16, 2011 3:03:27 PM

huskerI first learned BASIC programming on one of these. For all the anti-apple comments being made, did any of you realize that, at one time, this was the only home computer available at any cost? It brings back a lot of memories. Anyone remember the original Wizardry game? Yeah, played it on this bad boy.


Husker, I'm right there with you. I learned BASIC myself on an Apple ][+ that had the integer ROM installed as well which gave me access to the mini assembler. Apple computers back then were great. Built well and built with open access to expand it with additional cards, etc. Then came the Lisa and then Mac and that's when things changed at Apple.

Woz is my hero. If it weren't for him, I probably wouldn't be where I am today doing what I love: programming.

As for Wizardy, oh yes. I had the first three on my Apple and beat them all. But I also loved Ultima and the Sierra Online graphical adventure games as well.

Lode Runner was another favorite of mine. And, for gore, Bilestoad was fun in a sick sort of way.

I also subscribed to two magazines: Nibble and inCider. But there were others I had as well. Ah, the days of getting code listings for games and other programs that you had to type in by hand. THOSE were the days. It's how I learned by reading other people's code and experimenting and debugging.

Awesome!
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November 16, 2011 3:04:10 PM

getreal said:
You hit the nail on the head. Every Apple article is littered with kids trying be the first one to make a joke, so they can get plusses next to their names. Try the same thing in an Android article, and they lose their minds and rage hard. It is hilarious to see how worked up these kids get over toys, but I suppose that is an inherent quality of children with no responsibilities.




It's so easy to accuse someone of "being a kid" it's hilarious. You know, I can pass as a "kid" but I know more about tech than 90 out of 100 "adults" I meet.

:kaola: 
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November 17, 2011 11:22:11 PM

Two Thumbs Up What a Bargain !!!!!!!!!!!
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November 18, 2011 12:00:13 PM

V8VENOMI bought my first computer for $1200 in 1981, ~~ And what do I see at Tom's, a bunch of silver spooners full of broken facts, mis-information, and a fanatical attactment to whatever it is they bought because ONLY what they bought must be the best.It's sad to see so many people with so little understanding of how Apple evolved and how Microsoft evolved and how Japanese companies evolved ... just endless Fanboys with no respect for anything that isn't free.So much hate and so little justification.Is this really the "readership" you want Tom's?

I understand where you are coming from. You're a few years older than me. We grew up at the beginning of the home computer era. We made things work ourselves, etc. when I was a kid I really wanted an 8 k ram expander... I knew I would be set for life with that! But went with a new computer with 128k with my C=128... Which still works, along with a 360k floppy drive I paid $280 working at $3.25 an hr.

But you can't expect the younger users to know this ( them saying things that aren't true is a no no too ). Today users can get a powerhouse for $500... That are more powerful than a multi-million dollar IBM mainframe from 1980. My $1 Samsung cell phone has better graphics with cam and camera, etc that does things I wouldn't have thought possible in 1990. My 1990 Amiga 3000 (msrp $2000 still works) has a 50mb hd and weighs 20 lbs. yet today we can spend $40 for a 32 gb flash memory that is smaller than a postage stamp - and use it as a hd. Yes it still amazes me. For today's people, whatever.

What my 7 year old son uses for his own computer: an AMD x4 core CPU at 3 ghz with 4 gb ram and 250gb hd... An ati 4670 video card. Wish I had that power 10 years ago... LOL.

Typed from my iPad - but not on the toilet
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November 19, 2011 5:05:51 AM

However, "The winning bid was close to the amount normally seen for original Apple I computers, Macnn said." is pure fiction! The most recent Apple 1 on eBay had a starting bid set at $50,000 which is well, er, not very close to $6,100.

http://www.cultofmac.com/21159/another-apple-1-for-sale...

AussieM
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Anonymous
November 20, 2011 12:50:21 AM

I had this same exact model with the gold ram chips and gold power supply, sold it on ebay for $220 back ten years ago, ouch!
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April 17, 2012 2:41:59 PM

Wow I think I seen several the other day for sale on Craigslist for sale.
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April 17, 2012 9:04:28 PM

SmileyTPB1Hmmm, I'm a little surprised that Apple didn't sue to stop the auction claiming that they still owned it.


Nooo only NASA does that :p , Apple could have stopped the auction for patent infringement #123452342 "we patent the possibility of having unused hardware and sell it for gazilions of money after 30+ years"
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April 17, 2012 9:07:05 PM


belardoWhat my 7 year old son uses for his own computer: an AMD x4 core CPU at 3 ghz with 4 gb ram and 250gb hd... An ati 4670 video card. Wish I had that power 10 years ago... LOL.Typed from my iPad - but not on the toilet

There were no computers at my town when i was 7 years old ...now my 4 year old daughter can use the mouse with left and right clicks and can play simple games..like plants vs zombies (LOL)..well with cheat trainer :p  but still!! she can...
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April 18, 2012 2:28:26 AM

super duper die hard fanboy..
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