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#1 ACML OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 7:36 PM

It's official, 1200XL prices on eBay have gone past "ludicrous" and straight to "plaid".  In the last hour someone bought out the four 1200XLs at insane prices.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...cIAAOSwIWVY~XEa

http://www.ebay.com/...foAAOSwOgdY0hUJ

http://www.ebay.com/...2oAAOSwB-1YyqpW

http://www.ebay.com/...kYAAOSwSypY-V~x

 

Ok, which one of you lucky geeks just won the PowerBall lottery?  That's the only way I can explain this.  What next, investment portfolios that have 1200XL commodity futures?  What am I missing here?  Just when I thought prices were getting out of hand last year when 1200XLs were selling north of $150, someone buys one for $430 plus shipping!!!  I'm not selling my two, but come on people, use some restraint and prices will come back to earth.    


Edited by ACML, Mon May 1, 2017 7:37 PM.


#2 tjlazer OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 7:46 PM

All Atari prices have gone up.  If you think this is bad, look up Falcon030 prices!  Glad I got all my gear 10 years ago!



#3 tschak909 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 8:19 PM

...and people wonder why I am so gung ho about emulation? .... *smfh*

 

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#4 David_P ONLINE  

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 8:31 PM

It's also dealers running out - Best has run out of 1200xls and 1200xl motherboards; B&C doesn't have any either.  I just bought Best's last SX212, and am now considering selling it instead of keeping it - since an unboxed one recently sold for double what I paid.

 

That said, I'm keeping enough hardware to keep hands on - emulation is fun, but the old style hardware still excites me and makes me happy in ways that emulation never will.



#5 Tempest ONLINE  

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 8:56 PM

Im going to sell my decked out one (heavily modified) as soon as I can get my hands on an Incognito for my 800.  With a memory upgrade, PBI mod, video mod, and compatibility mod, I wonder what it will go for?



#6 mytekcontrols OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 9:07 PM

Besides emulation, it's starting to make my XEL look pretty reasonable, especially when you consider that the 1200XL's have nothing 'extra', being pretty much the lowest common denominator (64K, no PBI, no built-in Basic).

 

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#7 David_P ONLINE  

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 9:27 PM

If you need a complete set of Atari ICs, you could do worse than ordering a populated 600xl motherboard from Best - $55 (https://www.best-ele...a.com/800xl.htm)



#8 Keatah ONLINE  

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Posted Mon May 1, 2017 9:48 PM

Bagghhh.. That's pocket change compared to Apple II stuff.
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#9 Mclaneinc ONLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 2:17 AM

I've always wanted two machines, a 1200XL and a 1450XLD, I once decided the 1200 was achievable but those days are long gone, this is just stupid money, like tschak909 I also shout emulation at every turn, soon it may be the only way...



#10 Stormtrooper of Death OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 3:01 AM

Last week, there was an Atari 1200XL for sale on the Dutch Marktplaats (sort of e-bay in Holland). about 175 euros or so. I wanted to buy it, but in the end it was sold for a bit more. Not often are 1200XL for sale in the Netherlands.



#11 Timothy Kline OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 3:02 AM

It's official, 1200XL prices on eBay have gone past "ludicrous" and straight to "plaid".  In the last hour someone bought out the four 1200XLs at insane prices.

 

http://www.ebay.com/...cIAAOSwIWVY~XEa

http://www.ebay.com/...foAAOSwOgdY0hUJ

http://www.ebay.com/...2oAAOSwB-1YyqpW

http://www.ebay.com/...kYAAOSwSypY-V~x

 

Ok, which one of you lucky geeks just won the PowerBall lottery?  That's the only way I can explain this.  What next, investment portfolios that have 1200XL commodity futures?  What am I missing here?  Just when I thought prices were getting out of hand last year when 1200XLs were selling north of $150, someone buys one for $430 plus shipping!!!  I'm not selling my two, but come on people, use some restraint and prices will come back to earth.    

 

That was pretty insane to see when I woke up this morning and reviewed the GreedBay's goings-on overnight. Makes me VERY glad that I did my insane 1200XL adoptions last year; I can't imagine spending that amount per system. :o

 

If the buyer(s) are flippers, it'll be fascinating to see what they turn around and bump them up to next. :ponder:

 

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#12 hunter44102 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 3:24 AM

I got laughed at 15 years ago for paying $500 for a complete Falcon 030 system (including ethernet, many accessories, and SC1224 monitor).  



#13 DrVenkman ONLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 5:55 AM

I'm so glad I got most of my current A8 hardware 15 or 16 years ago before prices skyrocketed (including two 1200XL's!)

#14 orpheuswaking OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 7:05 AM

Looks like it is time to fix up the three I have that have various broken keyboards. I'm sure I can combine parts to get two working machines and then canibilize the third to repair the one I fried :D (I do have two others that are in perfect working order that I would never sell)



#15 MEtalGuy66 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 7:10 AM

Fiberwire is back..



#16 brenski OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 8:22 AM

$1300 + shipping for 4 ???

 

serious mis-counting going on



#17 Timothy Kline OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 8:48 AM

$1300 + shipping for 4 ???

 

serious mis-counting going on

 

Some of those offered Free Shipping, I think.

 

But I'd say someone got a really nice tax return back.... and they spent it.

 

--Tim



#18 zzip ONLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 9:10 AM

Who wants these 1200XLs? Those were the models nobody wanted BITD

#19 Timothy Kline OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 9:13 AM

Who wants these 1200XLs? Those were the models nobody wanted BITD

 

I'm that "Nobody." :lust:

 

--Tim

 

PS. But this latest shopping spree wasn't mine.



#20 Tempest ONLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 9:25 AM

They've got the best keyboard of any 8-bit Atari system

#21 zzip ONLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 10:50 AM

They've got the best keyboard of any 8-bit Atari system


But the worst compatibility.

Too bad the 1400XL never saw the light of day. Might have been the best of both.

#22 ryanmercer OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 11:00 AM

To be fair there is a finite supply, perhaps someone just wanted them for future parts. I mean, I think I have a dozen 800xl's now and any time I have a little extra money to spend and see one for a reasonable price I buy it just to have another machine for parts in the future. 



#23 Timothy Kline OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 2, 2017 11:02 AM

But the worst compatibility.
 

 

Back in its original day, sure, compatibility was an issue.

 

But today, with mods like AtariMax's 32-in-1 OS and the Ultimate 1MB which both overcome the former OS-related incompatibilities surrounding the 1200XL, it's no longer an issue. :grin:

 

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#24 _The Doctor__ OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 3, 2017 3:39 PM

The number of times I have seen such 'winning' high bid numbers and then found out it was sold to oneself to bend the curve.... or the buyer simply doesn't complete the purchase has been astounding... but I have seen an awful amount of 'sucker' and 'stupid' in my day as well :)

 

Last 1200XL I bought was 3 weeks ago for 6.95 at American Family Services Thrift stores..... It appears to have come from one town away.... and it works... they also had a crap ton of tube tv's


Edited by _The Doctor__, Wed May 3, 2017 3:42 PM.


#25 DrVenkman ONLINE  

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Posted Wed May 3, 2017 3:43 PM

 

Last 1200XL I bought was 3 weeks ago for 6.95 at American Family Services Thrift stores..... It appears to have come from one town away.... and it works... they also had a crap ton of tube tv's

 

I'll triple your money and then some - $25! How's that sound? :)






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