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Is there any demand on ebay for NOS 8bit components?

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RoGeorge:
Is there any practice to list at inflated price on ebay, so to manipulate the market?  O the items usually sell for the prices they are listed?

Asking because I never use ebay, and some prices seem rather big.  For example:  $20-30 for an MC6803, $10-15 for a 4x1kbit static RAM (UL224 or 2114), etc.  If it were to be so, I wouldn't mind selling some NOS chips from the scrap boxes in order to buy something else for the lab.

Rick Law:

--- Quote from: RoGeorge on March 02, 2024, 06:48:12 pm ---Is there any practice to list at inflated price on ebay, so to manipulate the market?  O the items usually sell for the prices they are listed?

Asking because I never use ebay, and some prices seem rather big.  For example:  $20-30 for an MC6803, $10-15 for a 4x1kbit static RAM (UL224 or 2114), etc.  If it were to be so, I wouldn't mind selling some NOS chips from the scrap boxes in order to buy something else for the lab.

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If it is outrageously high, it is probably short cut trick to manage out of stock items.

When they are out of stock, they could set the price to some outrageously high price, such as $1000 for a pack of 2x 9V battery.  They will  lower the price back down when they have new stock.  This will allow them to carry on without having to create a new listing plus loose all the accumulated statistics for that item.

If someone should choose to order 2x 9V battery for $1000USD while the item is out of stock, I am sure they would not mind the extra work (to get the item immediately) to pocket that $990USD profit.

jpanhalt:
It varies.  Long ago, many items were used and the prices seems to be inflated only a little.  Today, eBay in infiltrated with new sellers.  If fact, just a few years it was not unusual to buy something on eBay and get a "gift" shipment from an Amazon account.   Of course, the seller profited from the arbitrage. 

Getting back to "vintage" new and used technical stuff, my opinion is that listed prices are often greatly exaggerated.  A spot check of NOS IC chips  seems to show that.  The prices for older scientific and technical stuff seem to be at least 2 to 3 times what they are worth. For example, I have been working on a project to repurpose an older (mid-90's), but seldom used  Mitutoyo digital readout.  A Mitutoyo "presetter" for those old scales is/was listed for over $300 by dealers.  I bought a new one for $25.

I used to check "completed" auctions/sales to estimate realistic prices.  Green meant it was sold.  That feature the last time I checked has been reduced in usefulness, perhaps by pressure from sellers.   



factory:
There are quite a few people repairing & building replicas of early computer boards, I'm sure you'll have no problem finding buyers for those parts.

David

SiliconWizard:
Yes, there's a solid market now for vintage computing, so certainly those parts find buyers.

With that said, prices for pretty much ALL semiconductors are overinflated lately anyway, recent and vintage all the same, and particularly on those platforms.
Even on Aliexpress, prices have gone completely crazy for anything that's not 100% chinese.

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