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HP 85 and accessories for sale
04-03-2017, 05:46 PM (This post was last modified: 04-27-2017 06:12 PM by alancleary.)
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HP 85 and accessories for sale
Hi there,

This is a cross-post from hackaday.io: https://hackaday.io/page/2980-whats-the-...uter-stuff

It was suggested to me that you all might be interested.

A friend of mine recently passed away and his wife put me in charge of selling his old computer stuff. Problem is I have no idea what it's worth. The machine relevant here is the HP 85 with owners manual, 4 linking cables, 7 cassettes (one still in packaging), and 2 expansion modules.

Let me know if you have any idea how much this stuff is worth or if you are interested in buying it. And please don't lowball me. All the proceeds are going to a memorial fund.

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04-03-2017, 08:51 PM
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(04-03-2017 05:46 PM)alancleary Wrote:  Hi there,

This is a cross-post from hackaday.io: https://hackaday.io/page/2980-whats-the-...uter-stuff

It was suggested to me that you all might be interested.

A friend of mine recently passed away and his wife put me in charge of selling his old computer stuff. Problem is I have no idea what it's worth. The machine relevant here is the HP 85 with owners manual, 4 linking cables, 7 cassettes, and 4 expansion modules.

Let me know if you have any idea how much this stuff is worth or if you are interested in buying it. And please don't lowball me. All the proceeds are going to a memorial fund.

The working conditions of the tape reader, printer, and keyboard are very important in assessing a price. I would say $1K for the whole thing, assuming everything functions.

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04-03-2017, 09:39 PM
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(04-03-2017 08:51 PM)Namir Wrote:  The working conditions of the tape reader, printer, and keyboard are very important in assessing a price. I would say $1K for the whole thing, assuming everything functions.

Namir

Even if everything works, IMHO $1k is quite high, unless everything is pristine, with all manuals, literature, etc. You may get that if you're willing to wait quite a while, but not if you want to move it quick (which is what it sounds like).

I strongly suggest you post photos of all items (I'm sure it's easier to post on the other site and add links here) as no one will even briefly consider spending even half that much without some objective assessment of condition.

HP-85s regularly go for anywhere from $100 to $700 on eBay, depending on condition and accessories, and on up to $1295 if professionally restored.

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04-04-2017, 12:25 AM
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(04-03-2017 08:51 PM)Namir Wrote:  The working conditions of the tape reader, printer, and keyboard are very important in assessing a price. I would say $1K for the whole thing, assuming everything functions.

Egads! I picked up a fully functional 87 with a 128KB RAM card, 9121D floppy disk, 82905B dot matrix printer, the FILE/80, WORD/80 and VisiCalc Plus software packages and the hardcopy manual sets for everything all in excellent condition, for less than that, including shipping.
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04-27-2017, 06:14 PM
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Hi all. Sorry for the very, very slow reply. I've added a few images of the HP and accessories to my original post. I plan on putting it all on Ebay as a bundle next week unless I receive a reasonable offer before then.

Cheers!
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04-27-2017, 08:39 PM
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A reasonable offer can't be made until the condition of the printer, tape drive, and display are known.

FYI, the drive bands in the tapes have certainly deteriorated and the cables belong to a different system.
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04-27-2017, 09:07 PM (This post was last modified: 04-27-2017 09:14 PM by Paul Berger (Canada).)
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Those adapters with attached cables are for 9825/31/35/45 I see at least one HPIB adapter in the pile and what is likely a GPIO. I would suggest selling them separate from the 85 stuff.

Update looking closer at least one of them is in fact an adapter for a Series 80 machine, following the cable on it, it would appear to be a 82937A HP-IB Interface, but the other three are not series 80 adapters. Depending on what they are I might be interested in them.
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