On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 8:46 AM, Steven Hirsch <snhirsch at gmail.com> wrote:
essentially zero interest in my posting from last week
on the subject. I'm
trying to figure out why. ?Is it:
- My geographical location (Burlington, VT)?
Yes... I'm in Ohio. I get to New England once a year or less.
- No interest in these specific items?
Partially. If you were across town, the stuff you had was interesting
enough for a short drive, but you had nothing that was so stunning to
inspire a 1300-mile round-trip ($125 for gas, then there's food and/or
lodging on top of that).
I did do a road-trip to Ottowa once, for a PDP-8/S. Something of that
calibre *does* inspire road trip.
The more odd the gear, the longer of a trip becomes thinkable.
If I go to the trouble and expense of buying proper
boxes and InstaPak
cushioning, it's going to average about $35-40 per unit for packing - never
mind freight costs.
I usually use a rough estimate of $1-$2/lb for domestic freight. I
don't know that I would want to pay something for an Ultra-60 _and_
probably double the cost for the freight, but in my part of the
country, Sun equipment is not difficult to find either in town or
within a couple of hours for free. Those in parts where the equipment
is rare may have a different tipping point, but for the most part,
those same people are likely to be even further away.
As Will said, can you hang on until a Hamfest? Those often attract
both casual buyers and perhaps targeted buyers if you get the word out
far enough in advance that it could affect attendance. There are also
mailing lists like suns-at-home and the DEC-oriented groups on
Usenet/Google Groups that are a highly focused audience. Someone
there might be willing to pay $100 S&H for something they want and
don't already have.