Huge Collection of Apple Computers Up for Sale as Longtime Austrian Repairman Goes Out of Business

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Roland Borsky, an Apple computer repairman in Vienna, Austria, has amassed a private collection of 1,100 Apple computers that he's picked up over the years.

    At 1,100 machines, his collection dwarfs the collection of computers at the Apple Museum in Prague, which claims to have the world's biggest private collection of Apple products. "Just as others collect cars and live in a little box to afford them, so it is with me," he said.


    There's little detail on the full extent of his collection, but according to Reuters, Borsky is searching for a buyer as he can no longer afford the rent on the warehouse where the computers are held.

    Borsky told Reuters that his business has dried up after Apple opened its first store in Vienna in February, taking over repairs that used to be done by repair firms like his. Parts have also become harder to replace on Apple devices.

    Borsky is hoping to find a benefactor who will pay 20,000 to 30,000 euros ($23,000 to $35,000) for his collection and who will put it on display. "I would be pleased if it is simply put on display anywhere... so people can see it," Borsky told Reuters.

    Some of his computers are on display in temporary exhibits in Vienna, but he wants to find a permanent home for the equipment.

    If he's unable to find a buyer, Borsky fears that his collection could be discarded. "It'll be shredded. That is what bothers me the most because I can't currently rent a storage space that I can afford," he said.

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  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I’d buy that for a dollar!


    Seriously though, tough news about going out of business. Hope he finds a buyer soon.
  3. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    If it can’t be resold, perhaps recyclers would give him some money. There are some precious metals there. Heck, Apple might consider it a source of spare parts for cheap.

    Yep, people have hobbies that dominate their finances. There always comes a time to just let it go. Before coming to this point he could have sold it all through eBay or similar. I doubt someone would buy the whole batch just to display it.
  4. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
  5. now i see it, Oct 17, 2018
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    now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    If that's a repair shop and all of those were taken into his shop for repair- but were deemed unrepairable and left there- doesn't that make everything in his shop "junk"?
    Who on earth wants to see 1000 broken ancient Macs piled on a wall? And if they're all not broken- they might as well be because they're useless now.

    All it is is a testament to non-repairable "planned obsolescence".
    To the junkyard it should all go. It's depressing looking at all that junk..especially all those freaking iMacs. Get it out if my sight.
  6. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    You're going to see WAY MORE thanks to Apple soldering everything together and disrespecting the right to repair. Apple must be so proud.
  7. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    It's absurd to think someone will want the whole collection. Just open it up for sale to the Mac enthusiast community. I'm sure they'll come pouring in to sift through and buy choice models. Although he probably doesn't keep his best there. Recyclers can bid on the remainder/broken ones.

    Really all that's worth much are the Macs from the mid 90's and earlier. Also the Apple II lines and some of the old printers and parts.
  8. skitidetdu macrumors 6502


    Mar 7, 2013
    Got me thinking of my old graphite G4 and the se trough apple studio display in the attic. Not to mention my Performa 5200 from 1993 :D
  9. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    If that's the best picture of his "collection" he could come up with - he has a lot of old Apple junk (but not old enough).
  10. Unggoy Murderer macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
    Some people collect coins, stamps or cars. Who are we to judge if someone want's to collect old computer equipment?
  11. omihek macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I'd rather look at new Macs on display at the Apple Store. Not sure who in the world would buy all those old broken computers.
  12. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    If you look on the shelf close to the edge of the screen to the left, it looks like at least parts of an old Apple Lisa or Macintosh XL They sell pretty good on eBay when they pop up and there could be more of them or parts.
  13. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Professional hoarding. Sort of makes me curious what his living space must be like.

    He wants to apparently sell the entire lot as one sale. Good luck with that. While it would be logistically easier to do, it increases the risk of being stuck with all of it. He might be better off selling it by individual pieces, or in smaller lots.
  14. MrJeffreyGee macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2009
    He should donate it to the Computer Museum in California.
  15. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    He probably would - as long as they took everything - the trick is getting all that stuff transported from Austria to California.
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    NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    Actually, this looks clean and well organized.
  17. johncarync macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2005
    Cary, NC
    Mostly junk worth its weight in scrap metal. A lot of hoarders have pipe dreams that their stuff is worth a lot. I've seen more valuable things on episodes of "Hoarders" and "Hoarding: Buried Alive." Get a camera crew and some dumpsters to Austria. This would be a good episode to watch.

  18. 3gon macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2018
    Where is the exhibition in Vienna?

  19. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Probably worth it, just need to sell it for parts on the internet, he's probably not capable of doing this himself.
  20. rafark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2017
    That's definitely not junk, not in the right hands at least. He could assemble the post 2008 macs with working parts, sell each for $100-400, and sell the remaining components individually. You'd be surprised how many people shop for individual components, like the imac ram cover, for example. he has thousands of components from hundreds of macs he can sell online.
  21. Schnegg macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2017
    Kinda sad he has to close up. Those repair shops had a lot of knowledgable people.
  22. [AUT] Thomas macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2016
    Graz [Austria]
    There are probably a few units that would account for >90% of the sales. The rest isn't worth the effort putting on ebay. I'd just "open the doors" for interested people to stop by and buy what they want. No way someone buys all off that...
    Not sure about the exhibition, but according to the Reuters article the stuff is located in Korneuburg.
  23. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    What a sad thing for this man to lose his business and not be able to keep his collection. I hope he has some other job lined up for himself. And I hope he is able to find a buyer for the majority of his stuff. Sadly that doesn’t look likely according to what many of you are saying.

    I collect some things because I enjoy them, but I never expect to recoup any value from them. After awhile some collections do grow too large and become a burden rather than a joy, so it is time to re-home some things when that happens.
  24. Colonel Blimp macrumors regular

    Colonel Blimp

    Dec 1, 2016
    That is surely only a small part of his collection, most of which must be stored in the warehouse he can no longer afford.

    I doubt that even in Vienna, with all its old-world architectural elegance, do the warehouses have oiled wood floors.
  25. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    If there’s an apple store nearby they will recycle them for him

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