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

By - Source: Macnn | B 38 comments

This Apple II computer was one of the first 3,000 units made according to the eBay listing, and was never upgraded.

Macnn reports that an eBay seller from Lebanon, Ohio managed to sell an original and unmodified Apple II computer for $6,100. Naturally the listing has been removed from the auction site, but the computer was reportedly in full working condition and even included the original Integer ROMs at the time of sale.

The Apple II computer originally retailed for a minimum of $1,298 (with 4KB of RAM) back in 1977.

According to the report, the Apple II computer was from a very early production run of 3,000 units and featured a "revision 0" (original design) logic board, a serial number of #2812 and light green expansion slots. The antique computer was never upgraded to display six colors via the Applesoft ROMs in 1979, and was in "excellent cosmetic condition" despite its age.

The machine was largely designed by Steve Wozniak and represented one of the first "complete" pre-assembled computers consumers could buy at the time. As previously stated, this particular unit was believed to be in the early run that took place in Silicon Valley before Apple moved the assembly to Texas. The actual circuit boards were manufactured in Ireland and Singapore.

The auction came to an end on Sunday after a total of six bids. The original starting price was $2,499 USD, but the seller walked away with $6,100 plus the fees for shipping. The winning bid was close to the amount normally seen for original Apple I computers, Macnn said.

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    gmcizzle , November 15, 2011 9:09 PM
    Wow you can almost buy a macbook Pro for that price
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 15, 2011 9:28 PM
    Quote:
    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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    iam2thecrowe , November 15, 2011 11:35 PM
    wow, Apple is still overpriced even when its old.
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    gmcizzle , November 15, 2011 9:09 PM
    Wow you can almost buy a macbook Pro for that price
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    JasonAkkerman , November 15, 2011 9:21 PM
    I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
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    leandrodafontoura , November 15, 2011 9:25 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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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 15, 2011 9:28 PM
    Quote:
    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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    DSpider , November 15, 2011 9:36 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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    NapoleonDK , November 15, 2011 9:36 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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    Trashit , November 15, 2011 9:43 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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    SoiledBottom , November 15, 2011 9:46 PM
    I think of Steve Wozniak when I wanna turn that Apple frown upside down
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    ikyung , November 15, 2011 9:46 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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    jecho , November 15, 2011 11:04 PM
    Where can I buy 4KB of Ram right now!
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    iam2thecrowe , November 15, 2011 11:35 PM
    wow, Apple is still overpriced even when its old.
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    Anonymous , November 15, 2011 11:43 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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    dameon51 , November 16, 2011 12:08 AM
    freddy782But can it play Crysis?

    I gave a thumbs up. This will NEVER get old! :D 
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    COLGeek , November 16, 2011 12:17 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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    eddieroolz , November 16, 2011 12:37 AM
    Despite what Apple has become, this is still a legacy.
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    SmileyTPB1 , November 16, 2011 12:56 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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    lpedraja2002 , November 16, 2011 1:51 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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    husker , November 16, 2011 2:08 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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