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#401 Timothy Kline OFFLINE  

Timothy Kline

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Posted Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:15 PM

I've bid on quite a few 1200XLs in the past year, but as soon as I see Ebay ID t***h bidding, I usually just step back and watch the show.    :)   Seriously, if I had the funds and storage space for fifty 1200XLs then I would be buying them up also!  It is a beautiful machine.  I only have one working at the moment, and two that need some TLC, so one or two more is all I need.  Three days ago one sold for $89.99 with free shipping with a Buy it Now.  You have to be quick on those...

 

What's remarkable is that there are so many still "out in the wild." They're still showing up, even now. So, on the plus side, this little step of mine into madness may have helped bubble other 1200XLs that might never have seen the light of day again.

 

I'd asked the seller of this recent adoption whether they were their own collection, or just something they'd picked up along the way. They responded that they had purchased these particular 1200XLs at a sale being held at "a Montosseri High School here in St Louis that had been closed up since the late 1980 s , it was a real time capsule. The building was heated/ac for all that time!"

 

I've enjoyed hearing the backstories of some of the Atari hardware that I've adopted over the past year, when there's history to come with it. Great stuff!

 

But to see, even after I've adopted nearly 50 of them, so many 1200XLs as have popped up since January... that's great!

 

It'll be nice to watch the auctions from the sidelines again; but if I see a deal, I won't hesitate (and I only ever buy-it-now on condition that I can pay for it immediately, period) to pick it up. Same with auctions I win: I pay immediately. That principle's been important to me throughout the process of adopting this Atari collection by lots and pieces over this past year.

 

For those of you in the market, make sure to also visit the Goodwill online bidding site, because I picked up 2 or 3 1200XLs from there over the course of the year.

 

--Tim



#402 kheller2 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:21 AM

Updated.   Man, I need to find 3 more to put me in the top 3.  And half the ones I have aren't even complete anymore (one went through a fire, another was hacked to death). Tim, they may be popping up like wild flowers where you are, but around the Eastern US area (PA, NJ, DE, NY, etc.) I haven't seen one for sale in years.  The closest I found was a thrift store in southern VA that wouldn't even answer my calls to buy it!

 

PS.. I just realized that having this type of "registry" might be looked upon as personally invasive.  (You know who you are eBay seller, and you could also track who Tim has gotten a few from.)

 

However... it is such a small crowd of folks who own these units.



#403 Timothy Kline OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:07 PM

One more arrived today:

 

83S DA 77933 203

 

That should be all for me for a little while as I work my way through these recent six to make sure they're fully functional.

 

--Tim



#404 Timothy Kline OFFLINE  

Timothy Kline

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Posted Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:20 PM

Updated.   Man, I need to find 3 more to put me in the top 3.  And half the ones I have aren't even complete anymore (one went through a fire, another was hacked to death). Tim, they may be popping up like wild flowers where you are, but around the Eastern US area (PA, NJ, DE, NY, etc.) I haven't seen one for sale in years.  The closest I found was a thrift store in southern VA that wouldn't even answer my calls to buy it!

 

PS.. I just realized that having this type of "registry" might be looked upon as personally invasive.  (You know who you are eBay seller, and you could also track who Tim has gotten a few from.)

 

However... it is such a small crowd of folks who own these units.

 

Actually, the vast majority of mine came from eBay, and I've never seen one near me (for example, Craigslist)-- although I think a couple of the 1200XLs came from here in Michigan, north of where I live; however, they were purchased through eBay.

 

The Goodwill online store that I mentioned previously is actually ShopGoodwill.com for those who may not be aware of this resource for Atari hardware. They currently have an XEGS system up for auction, in fact. I can't remember if it ends this evening or Friday evening, though. And they always have 2600/5200/7800 items, which probably get snatched up for resale on eBay with intent to profit.

 

They also have a Commodore 1702 monitor up for auction.

 

As for the invasive nature of a registry such as this, I'd wondered about that. But given that there are a limited number of 1200XLs remaining, it's still nice to know that many of them are in the hands of people who will take care of them, rather than out in the wild collecting dust. In my case, I use my real name here, so any hopes of maintaining anonymity has pretty much gone out the door. :-o

 

Besides, privacy has been on the wane for some time. Those that want to find out what-not about people already have the ability to do so anyhow.

 

And who knows...  maybe someone had a 1200XL at one point (in the case of this thread), and wondered what ever happened to it when they sold it off years ago. Better to know that someone here at AA has it now, than to wonder if it's dead and buried in some landfill. ^_^

 

--Tim



#405 TangentAudio ONLINE  

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Posted Thu May 18, 2017 6:57 AM

God please someone stop me..
My #4 is here No mods in this yet.

83S DA 008707 153 Made in USA.

 

I adopted this 1200XL from rdea6 - tested and still working after making the cross-country trek.

 

 

 

 

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