Vintage Computers – Antiques With a Purpose
There is a thriving market for vintage computers, which can be evidenced by the many vintage computers you can find by simply browsing Internet auction websites. Several reasons exist as to why some consumers are still interested in these classic machines.
Many people are interested in vintage computers simply for their nostalgic value. It brings back memories of simpler times and the start of something amazing. There are many computer enthusiasts who have become collectors of vintage computers simply because of the memories they invoke.
While the nostalgic significance of these computers likely apply to just about everyone who owns one, there are consumers who still find great use for these classic machines. One of the most popular of the older computers is the innovative Commodore 64, which became the best selling personal computer of all time. This computer is still sought after today by many people who enjoy playing games. In addition to playing various games, many still find this computer useful to make utility programs.
The Atari gaming system and the launch of the game Space Invaders spawned the dawn of the age of video games and consoles. The Atari 2600 gaming system and Atari 400/800 are still valued today by many old time gamers who love to play games like Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Pacman on the system that started the video game craze.
Another reason that consumers are interested in vintage computer systems is to use them as a type of “information center”. There are several websites that offer vintage desktop push services, which allow classic computers that have the ability to run terminal emulators to display things like weather, sports scores, and even news. Those who know about hardware programming can get great use out of these vintage computers.
Many vintage computer collectors, however, are now interested in these machines due to their value as a collector’s item. Much like stamp collecting or looking for old baseball card collections, many consumers seek out these machines because they are now considered “antiques” and are sometimes hard to find, which increases their value. One of the worst computers ever produced, the TRS-80, is now sought after by vintage computer collectors simply because of the limited number in existence. The Apple I and Apple II are also very popular vintage computers that are sought after. In some cases, these computers are now being bought by collectors and tech buffs at higher prices than they originally sold for.
Classic computers from the 90′s include Amiga, Atari, IBM, Compaq, and Apple. Two of the most popular models that many people still find useful today are the Apple Lisa and the Apple Newton. The Lisa was the most advanced computer of its kind, offering many features that could not be found in any other computer at the time, and was the first computer to enable users the ability to copy and paste. The Newton was the first ever handheld device, and is still a popular item today because it still works very well.
The popularity of vintage computers, especially in online auctions, is not only due to their value as collector’s items, but also because many of them can still be used as functional units. There is a big market for these classic machines because of the combination of nostalgia and the fact that many of them still serve a purpose for those who use them.