Apple I on eBay

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  1. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I never understood people who sell and buy stuff at $175,000+ on the ebay.
     
  2. Apple2 macrumors member

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  3. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Gotta be careful - some of this stuff are repros or fakes
     
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    Jiten macrumors 6502a

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    I always wanted to own one and put it in my office as a discussion piece. Too bad buying it is not practical. :)
     
  6. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I'm not up on Apple I values, but if I recall Apple Is have sold for a couple hundred thousand before - they came with all the original paperwork though.

    This one is almost certainly not worth as much as is being asked, though it's probably worth a low to mid-5-figure sum.

    I think collectibles in this value range should be purchased from a knowlegeable dealer or auction house - not ebay. You have no idea if this seller is on the level. The seller doesn't even include an appraisal letter or any other documentation that can prove its authenticity - if you're asking this much you ought to be offering some documentation with it.

    Finally, as pointed out above, an Apple I is probably not that hard to fake as it used conventional, off-the-shelf components. I'm sure it's been done.
     
  7. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    Build a replica! I've thought about doing that at one point.
     
  8. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    You can buy a Replica 1 either fully assembled or in kit form. Pretty neat.

    Or, if you have more resources, you could try to build an exact replica. Not sure if all of the ICs are still available new, but even vintage ones are probably cheap and plentiful.

    For a cheaper Apple experience, you can always buy a vintage Apple ][ series computer. They can be had for peanuts these days. I still have three stowed away somewhere.
     

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