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Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 6:39 pm
by Chema
Still two days ahead, but only expensive and not insanely expensive yet :)
https://m.ebay.com/itm/LECTEUR-MICRODIS ... SwenlbBGI9

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 7:09 pm
by iss
Yep, it's nice. The price still acceptable but who knows how high it can jump...
One thing I really can recommend: the seller is very nice and correct!
I already bough from her lot Oric stuff and everything is perfect, well packaged and send on time.
Other interesting thing in her store is brand new pcb for microdisc controller (without chips) - I have one and it's so beautiful that I'll keep it as is :).

EDIT: Take look at the Oric Atmos. Its serial number is 000323A - I newer saw such low number :)

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 8:03 pm
by ibisum
Darn, now I've gotta take out all my machines and inventory their serial #'s, lol ..

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 8:52 pm
by Chema
I'd love to have a Microdisc case and, probably one of those 3" drives it includes just for collection purposes. And for testing too! But I am not willing to pay 100 EUR for it and even less if it is more expensive.

I have a Cumulus and a dual 3.5 drive working with Silicebit's clone. No need for a drive... maybe a slave unit with no controller inside (and check if my clone fits :) ) if it goes cheaper.

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:36 pm
by ibisum
I'm lusting for it. All you other guys can sod off! Its mine, I tell you! :). Even though I have Cumulus drives and a working Cumana-based drive, I still want an original micro disc for my collection.

(For me it'd be double useful, since I have an Amstrad now and could use the 3" disc collection for multiple systems.. but I doubt I'm going to win this auction, because I never do.. lets see..)

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 5:56 am
by NekoNoNiaow
ibisum wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 9:36 pm
I'm lusting for it. All you other guys can sod off! Its mine, I tell you! :). Even though I have Cumulus drives and a working Cumana-based drive, I still want an original micro disc for my collection.

(For me it'd be double useful, since I have an Amstrad now and could use the 3" disc collection for multiple systems.. but I doubt I'm going to win this auction, because I never do.. lets see..)
If you do participate in the auction, do not bid until the very last minute and use a snipping tool set to your maximum acceptable price.

This is the most efficient way to win auctions since it avoids forcing "active" bidders into stupid price wars. And moreover, it is stress free: set your maximum price and let the snipping tool bid for you at the last moment if your price has not been reached yet. No need to keep watching that auction every 10 minutes and lose a basket of hair each time. :D

If you look at the current bids list, the "e***a" eBay user is bidding in the worst possible way: he bids first and when people beat his bid, he adds a new one on top. This is the best way to end up with a silly price and actually losing the auction to someone even stupider than him.

By not showing your cards at all except at the last moment, the bidding price is not exaggeratedly inflated and it is possible to win over the idiots who engage into bid wars since they cannot beat the snipping tool during the last moments of the auction.

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 7:19 am
by ibisum
Thanks for explaining to me why I've lost every EBay, ever ... ;)

Any suggestions for a sniping tool?

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 5:01 am
by NekoNoNiaow
Well, I ended up paying big dollars for my first eBay acquisitions so I had to strategize seriously in order to not very quickly become poor. :D

If you take some time to analyze eBay's bidding system you will realize that it is made to encourage price escalation. Why would people reveal their maximum price in advance? Because that encourages others to beat them immediately! Which then immediately triggers people loss aversion and causes them to re-bid. Add just a few "active" bidders and prices will fly to very unreasonable levels.

Wait for the last moment to place your reasonable bid and it actually has very high odds of being the winning one. And moreover with this strategy you never end up paying more than the price you initially set for yourself.
There is actually a peer reviewed scientific paper which concludes that this is the optimal bidding strategy on eBay.

As for a sniping tool, I do not use one myself, I just set an alarm for auctions I am interested in and I bid in the last two seconds.
Usually that is sufficient and I got a lot of very nice catches this way.

Patience and sniping works wonders on eBay. ;)

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 7:43 pm
by Dbug
So, did anyone got it?

I was looking at the auction, it ended up at 182 euros, but 30 seconds before it was about 50 euros less expensive :)

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:19 pm
by iss
All auctions from the same seller:

Code: Select all

ORDINATEUR ORIC 1 EN BOITE                                  201.00
ORDINATEUR ORIC ATMOS                                        61.00
ALIMENTATION ORIC POUR ORDINATEUR ET LECTEUR MICRODISC       76.00
LECTEUR MICRODISC ORIC                                      182.00
INTERRUPTEUR ALIMENTATION ORIC                                9.90
ADAPTATEUR JOYSTICK POUR ORDINATEUR ORIC                     76.00
CARTE IMPRIMEE VIERGE CONTROLEUR DE LECTEUR MICRODISC ORIC   10.50
PLAQUE DE 10 AUTOCOLLANTS ORIC                                9.90
                                                          --------
                                                            626.30
Not bad. I feel tempted to start selling ... No way! I'll keep my "precioussss" :)

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 9:11 pm
by Silicebit.
Chema wrote:
Sun May 27, 2018 8:52 pm
I'd love to have a Microdisc case and, probably one of those 3" drives it includes just for collection purposes. And for testing too! But I am not willing to pay 100 EUR for it and even less if it is more expensive.

I have a Cumulus and a dual 3.5 drive working with Silicebit's clone. No need for a drive... maybe a slave unit with no controller inside (and check if my clone fits :) ) if it goes cheaper.
Hey Chema! Do you want to see an Oric Microdisc? Probably I'll carry mine to Cachopo's party. ;-) See you. :-)

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 11:05 pm
by Chema
Yes! Does it work? Any chance you can write a disk? Blake's 7 for instance?

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 1:45 pm
by ibisum
I bid on it in the 150's but I knew it was gonna go north, so I just sat back and cried. :-

Anyway, if anyone here ever wants to sell theirs .. I know its a long-shot .. I'm here in all fairness.

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 12:47 am
by retroric
... Skyrocketed to €182 + €12 shipping, gosh!!! This really is a mad world !! :o

Re: Microdisc in ebay

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 7:00 am
by Symoon
laurentd75 wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 12:47 am
... Skyrocketed to €182 + €12 shipping, gosh!!! This really is a mad world !! :o
Trying to see things in a different way: that's still less than a seat for a Ringo Starr show, and probably amusement for a longer time ;)