Much has been said before about ebay but even basic intelligence suggests
checking out new prices! A copy of PK's Stationary Engine Review currently
stands at £28 whilst Amazon have it new for £6. Durr!!
Cynicism, paranoia and disbelief comes with old age, you just seem to have
got there a little later than the rest of us. If somebody is daft enough to
pay over the odds then let him. All the better for us. :-))
your last comment suggests you still suffer because it hides in your mind
and festers as you get older, you may also have noticed that there are many
of us who also suffer in silence and to obtain a cure you must watch "Grumpy
Old Men" on a Friday night on BBC2 because this has brought the disease out
into the open and made it official. Come out and embrace the world you don't
have to hide any more :-))
The only thing festering is a bit of swarf under my thumbnail :-) and I
freely confess to being a grumpy old man. Having watched the programmes I
have not disagreed with a word but doubt that Tonee Blah will take any
Re History of Petter --
There was a copy on eBay a couple of days ago at around £14.
Not sure if it is still there -- I bought my copy at Sodbury
last year for £15.
BTW, I went to the London Book Fair in March this year, as I
was wondering whether to deal in books as semi-retirement
interest. Not much transport stuff about, so decided not to.
Was offered 400 copies of Stationary Engine Review to clear
the wholesalers stock. £2 a copy, or £750 in hard cash ....
Whilst we are on about books, my mate just found me a Stanley catalogue from
(I'd judge) the 1930-40's.
Theodolites, compasses, drawing office equipment.
A great loo book!
Off to the Anson now..............
If somebody is daft enough to
There is a story about this!
Everything on the pinball newsgroup used to be reasonably priced until
the days of EPAY madness came in. A not very rare game went for way, way
over the top. Soon more went that way, parts too.
People in the newsgroup laughed at the prices, much as we have in this
HOWEVER, the sensible people that would not pay the new high prices did not,
but eventually had to as the "cheap parts to be had" virtually dried up.
Now, I prefer to sell something to a friend for no profit, but if I was in
this for the
money would I sell it to you for £25, or put it on ebay as rare and possibly
As long as overpriced parts and engines do not sell, the hobby will stay
to us all (although there will always be somebody willing to pay over the
Sorry for the length of this post, but I have seen 3 or 4 Pinballs, the same
as one I bought for £120 in
good condition 3 years ago, go on ebay for $1500-$1600 and some parts go
through the roof! This has
put a lot off restoring them as the cost is so much now.
The same thing happened with classic car prices in early 1990's. Then the
stock market crashed and all those overpriced cars dropped to realistic
levels again. The "real" enthusiast watched it all with amusement as the
price of their cars rose and fell. The long term losers were the stockbroker
gamblers who had no interest in the commodity but only wanted a quick
profit. Lets hope that long term sense will prevail. Failing that, does
anyone want to buy a Petter A? Lets start at £1000 shall we.