Message #3 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 21 July 2003, 9:13 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Jennifer Seelye
Jennifer posted:"Are there other good collectible brands to watch for?"
Indeed. You'd be well advised to be on the look for SHARP Pocket Computers. These are small handheld devices, some similar in size to the HP-12C you just acquired (other are a little larger but always pocketable), very good quality and extremely performant, which can be found at nearly throw-away prices, because people still haven't noticed its 'collectibility', to coin a word. They already command reasonably good prices on eBay, and are on the rising, look at these very recent auctions for example:
I've seen some models (such as the SHARP EL-5100, 5100S, and 5101) reach $200 and more, and other equally desirable models (SHARP PC-1350, PC-1360, PC-1600) can reach $100-150 and more. If you want to know just how they look like so that you can recognize them on sight, visit this site:
Sharp Pocket Computers
Taking into account that they can be found for $1-5 at most garage ('garbage') sales, you can see the chance for profit. Specially since they are on the rising and there are more and more people who recognize quality when they see it and are more than willing to collect them.
Best regards from V.