Subject: Re: Off Topic? PDP 11 1134/1145's
To: joseph p bennardo <>
From: Chuck McManis <>
List: port-vax
Date: 04/02/2002 11:23:58
Is this a troll to see what you should set the opening bid for on Ebay?

11/34's and 11/45's are no longer made. Their value will continue to rise 
and it is already above scrap. A complete PDP-11 system can usually be sold 
for $300 - $1000 depending on options, but that requires lots of docs 
patience etc. Typically a boards reseller, of which one or more should have 
already contacted you, will buy all the boards for some price and then test 
and resell them. With 10 systems that's probably $1000 in wholesale boards.

Can you make a "profit" salvaging and reselling the boards, probably not, 
you will find you're working for minimum wage unless you've already got a 
test facility set up. Could you make a profit if you could keep the system 
chassis with the front panels? Much more likely since a complete system is 
an order of magnitude more valuable than a single set of boards (which are 
only valuable as "spares")

So what's your goal? Since you have an ebay account you can watch sales on 
ebay for a while to get a "feel" for their value. But there is no hard and 
fast rule.


At 11:51 AM 4/2/02, joseph p bennardo wrote:
>     To let all know I cannot get the cabinets. The company that posesses
>these items will not allow them to be sold. They MUST be destroyed. I
>know very little about these computers but I can find out specs. However,
>they won't miss most of the higher valued internals....What should I
>take? Are we talking real world value here or just "We don't want to see
>them hit with a sledge hammer"?
>Joe Bennardo
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