mainframes and other stuff

Tothwolf tothwolf at
Fri Nov 21 11:58:43 CST 2014

On Fri, 21 Nov 2014, Al  Kossow wrote:
> On 11/21/14 7:21 AM, David Schmidt wrote:
>> if the scrapper teamed up with a curator, a lot of money could be made, 
>> and a lot of valuable stuff could be saved from actually being 
>> scrapped.  Shame.
> And from my dealing with scrappers for decades, as Will said, they won't 
> waste their time with the small-time collectors that hang out here. If 
> you aren't talking thousands of dollars, and big lots, you don't play. 
> Anything less is chump change that they may put some flunky on trying to 
> sell on eBay. Witness what happened with Sellam's collection for the 
> past two years. They screwed around with it trying to find someone to 
> buy the whole thing, spent six months with truckloads at the DeAnza flea 
> market, then dumped the rest.

Was that /after/ they tried selling items piecemeal with all those eBay 
accounts they created? IMO those guys were -way- over their heads with the 
ill-gotten gear they took from Sellam. Greed plan and simple, from the 
landlord's imagined riches to the to the scrap company he convinced to 
take take it on. I for one hope that particular scrapper lost their ass 
once the final numbers rolled around.

> What I'm seeing more of now is just collectors selling between each 
> other, with prices slowly ratcheting up on desirable pieces, and most of 
> the rest getting scrapped.

Collectors by and large just don't have room to take on large lots of 
gear. I've taken on a few large hauls over the years that were pretty much 
my limit as far as volume goes (all of it good stuff too). Even now I'm 
still nowhere near done going though that gear.

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