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    Out of control or supply/demand? If no one’s making them anymore, $100 for a 30 yr old piece of electronics in good working condition seems totally plausible.

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      Just clickbaity article.

      Ipod classics had a much higher price spike for less meaningful reasons.

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        That’s $100 “as-is” or broken.

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          It still doesn’t strike me as a completely bonkers price for not just classic but iconic computing gear, even if it needs some repair.

          Once the domain of basement dwellers, retro computing and retro gaming really have gone mainstream over the last decade. It wasn’t all that long ago, you could pick up a dusty but working Apple II or classic Mac at a garage sale for $5 or free as long as you agreed to also take an armful of toddler clothes on your way out. Now, most of the surviving ones in are collections and you’re not going to get working system with all of the peripherals for under the cost of a brand-new computer.

          (I have direct experience with the retro gaming craze after having recently sold off my SNES games that I bought new when I was a teen. I never dreamed several of those games would be worth hundreds of bucks a piece on Ebay!)

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          Agreed. In my view, the price of C64 equipment reflects the availability of working machines and the community of buyers. Compare recent C64 auctions with recent Apple2 auctions on eBay. I find that the prices of Apple products sold in North America are consistently higher than any other “retro” brand.

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            I feel like retro gaming and retro computing are now their own style. Bought purely for the aesthetics of the period and false nostalgia. Like steampunk aficionados buying up old electronic analog meters and brass plumbing fixtures for several times the actual value on eBay, they don’t care if it actually works as long as it looks cool.

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              Tbf there are still people buying them who just want to hack on them, without the nostalgia filter, such as me. (I’m much younger than the C64, so I can’t exactly be doing it for nostalgia reasons.)

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                I am sure that this is true for some folks but there are many, many people who are looking for working gear. Also, I see nothing wrong with buying a broken computer because you enjoy the aesthetics. It’s better than seeing these materials tossed in the trash.

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            I have a Commodore 64 that’s in perfectly working order that I’ve been planning on gutting and stuffing a Raspberry Pi into… I had no idea they were worth anything now.

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              sell the board, or part out the chips at least! SID’s & VIC’s are getting scarce.

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                I’m surprised people haven’t designed open source compatible replacements. There are a ton of custom parts in the enthusiast space .. or at least what I can tell from 8-Bit Guy, LGR and visiting local retro shows.

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                  There are a lot of different aftermarket PLAs (as there are a lot of different types of PLA in use, some not compatible with others). The SID seems very hard to replicate as part of its unique sound is related (I heard) to the now-obsolete fabrication method.

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                My God, your comment reminded me of this relic from 2004.

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                  I thought about selling it, but my parents would be upset with me. After all, this was a very expensive gift and it meant a lot to them to give to me.


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                    To be fair, I have none of the accessories (including cartridges), and my intent was to run a C64 emulator on boot to get most of the same experience but with modern ports. The keyboard is garbage, and the C64 was discontinued 3 years before I was even born, so I don’t have any sense of nostalgia for it. I may be more inclined to sell it to someone who cares more about it though.

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                    Personally, as someone who lived in the 80s with no computer until I was old enough to have a job and make enough money to buy one myself, in the 90s, I desire a C64 to experience / learn about some of the software / games of the era, and I think many are in a similar boat.

                    However, with time, those devices are actually fully understandable. So, I think there is some demand just to learn about computer architecture basics, even if there has been 40 years of innovation beyond them.

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                    This is happening to all the most popular retro computers, including retro consoles. I have seen used NESes for sale for almost as many nominal dollars as they were new in the ‘80s! But uncommon / unloved systems are less expensive.

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                      The amount of NES/SNES stuff in Asia is overwhelming, but a megadrive however is a rare sight. They usually don’t go for that much, a system for 30-50 USD and one with the box & peripherals is about 100 USD.

                      I suspect things are much more expensive state side. Or will be soon.

                      I’ve been thinking about buying a bunch of these things and making them NTSC, although I wonder in the age of the ‘mini’ systems, is anyone really that interested in 30 year+ old hardware.