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Old 17 October 2006, 22:58   #21
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Best deal
Bought all this:
A1200 with 1.3gb HDD
Squirrel SCSI interface
Power Computing External SCSI CDROM
Blizzard 1230 IV 50mhz with FPU and 32mb RAM
A500 v1.3
512k Expansion.
2 nice mice
Quickshot Joystick
Competition Pro game pad
Technoplus game pad
Amiga Format CD 11 to 45 missing 19, 27, 28, 30, 38 and 39 plus any later ones...
CUAmiga CDROM 5 9-20 22-27 and 45
Wordworth 6 CDROM
Almathera Video Creator
Epic Interactive Encyclopedia CDROM 1997
CD32 games Subwar 2050, DeepCore, Little Divil, Commodore Now thats what I call games
CD32 Network from weird science
all for 20

Worst Deal
I once swapped my A500 with GVP HD and my 1084s monitor with 500 disks for a nine year old beat up fiat panda! It was my first ever car and failed the MOT 7 seven times!! It never passed and cost me 70 to get towed away

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Old 17 October 2006, 23:17   #22
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an amiga for a car???
never thought of that.
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Old 17 October 2006, 23:32   #23
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Best deal:

A case with 2x A500, an a1200, a 1084S, several PSUs/mice/joysticks, an action replay for A500 and about 700 "blank" disks. Got it for about 45 euro from a collegue in 2001.

Worst deal: I sold my A600 with 40MB HDD and 1mb RAM Expansion for 500 guilders (+/- 250USD) cash in 1998. Sounds like a good deal, right? Well it wasn't: the money turned out to be counterfit. Filed a report with the police, but after questioning and handing over the counterfitted money I never heard from them again.
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Old 18 October 2006, 01:46   #24
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I bought worms the day it came out. Got mugged for it on the way home.

Dude!!! You got mugged for software????
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Old 18 October 2006, 09:52   #25
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Best: Bought a fully expanded A4000 (graphics cards, RAM, 2*HDs, unbilevable amount of original software including Word Processors and Development s/w) in 1997 for 200. Best of all was that it was delivered to my flat in Dunblane ebem though the owner drove up there from England (he was visiting his g/f in St Andrews.

Worst: Hmmm, I have been very cautious with it. Maybe buying a scandoubler for A4k for 30 euros 2 years ago (had a similar one bought for 5 euros).
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Old 18 October 2006, 18:07   #26
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Worst Deal:
I regret paying for RAM when it was very expensive. I had an 8MB SIMM back in 1996 and in retrospect I could have easily done with only 4MB.
Basically anyone buying RAM back then got ripped. A semiconductor factory had burned down and Windoze95 was fairly new, meaning demand was enourmous and supply was tiny. SIMMS were treated like sticks of gold. My university got broken into and all they took was the SIMMS out of the Macs. The staff said they had come in to find all the lids off the Macs but nothing else gone

Today I have piles and piles of 32 and 64 MB sticks unused.

Best deal:
None really, I've always paid the going rate for my amiga stuff it seems
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Old 18 October 2006, 18:35   #27
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my best deal was 2 years ago, got an RBM tower + 1200 inside + zorroII busboard + fastata + 1260 for a mere 220euro...
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Old 18 October 2006, 19:00   #28
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I regret to say I have not had a good deal on Amigas. I have always ended up paying the top amount for hardware.

Worst deals:

1) I needed money quite badly and sold my A3640 for R600 in SA. I was expecting cash, that's why I wasn't too fussy about the price. R600 is about 42. I was a bit cheesed off because the guy paid by cheque, but as he was an old dude I didn't have the heart to back out of that deal. By the time the cheque cleared, I didn't need the money so badly because it was pay day.

2) A guy on Amiga.Org was asking where he could get a SCSI CD-Rom for his amiga. He was based in New Zealand. I had a Toshiba SCSI CD-Rom that I wasn't using and I offered this dude the drive in exchange for a chocolate bar. That's right, all I wanted was a chocolate bar. I packed the drive with the manual, and even the original terminal resistor packs and mailed it to him. He got it and it worked fine. Do you think he sent me the chocolate bar? F**k no, he didn't. And as far as I am concerned that's just rude. I think my shipping costs alone were more than 8 IIRC.

3) My first A500, bought in Dorset in 1990, had a problem because the copy protection on F29 retaliator (included in the pack) meant that the game could not be played properly. There was an issue with the floppy. I took it back, and they tried to con me by putting the same Amiga in a different box and saying they had fixed it. Trouble is, I saw that the serial number was the same. I gave that dude a good piece of my mind. Got a brand new pack and the problem was cured. That A500 never gave me any problems.

4) When I sold my first Amiga 500, I ordered an Amiga 600. This was in SA. The company that I ordered it from was really dodgy. The A600 was a US unit and the company sold it to me with a transformer hand-soldered between the PSU and the plug. To make matters worse, the ROMS had bent pins and were obviously second hand. There were missing manuals too. I complained about this, but they refused to help and in the end didn't take my calls. It took a personal visit (my father did all the talking because in those days I was a placid sort of fellow and I didn't want any fuss). Got a refund in the end, and got a B2000 from another dealer who also ripped me off by not supplying me the proper manuals. His company went bust and he was untouchable after that. That B2000 gave me no problems and I eventualy sold it for an A1200. In the same period, I desperately needed a monitor and a dude was selling an A500 & monitor. He wouldn't split the miggy and the monitor so I had to buy both. It wasn't a good deal, but I wasn't ripped off. Ive still got that A500, but the monitor was sold with the A1200. That A1200 worked flawlessly and I sold that after a few years (before my second visit to the UK) and then got an A4000T in 1996. Paid a boatload for that: 2000, including M1428s monitor.

5) The only trouble I had with that A4000T was when a douche-bag connected a badly-wired Parnet cable from my A4KT to his A1200 and fried my CIA chips. This was back in SA in 1998. I had to drive 40km to find a guy who could fix that in SA, and it was expensive. It was a messy job too. I recently had that redone by Amiga Center in France and those CIAs are currently socketed.

So yes, I get bad luck generally. But at least I haven't been ripped off like some people were with those PPC cards. (Remember the Berndt Binder scam?)
It's just as well because these days I'm likely to get a plane ticket and go looking for the arse-fez who rips me off if he is in Europe.
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Name the chocolate con man!!!!
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Old 18 October 2006, 20:33   #30
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Nah, it won't help. The last time he logged on was in November 2004. He has either left the scene or started again with a new nick. I doubt he'll use his real name, cos I complained about this in a thread on A.Org too.
He will be known as "The One Who got Away"
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Old 18 October 2006, 21:30   #31
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(quote DDNI name the chocolate con man)

as my brother inlaw is a sicalian living in australia

perhaps a visit is in order,
i mean a deals a deal right
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Ah X-ray name him anyway! We might know him!
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Old 19 October 2006, 13:26   #33
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Dude!!! You got mugged for software????
I lived in a crummy neighbourhood. They were really after my wallet, but when they found nothing in there, checked out the bag with this new game in with a 40 buck price tag and decided to have that too!
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Old 20 October 2006, 16:53   #34
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as my brother inlaw is a sicalian living in australia

perhaps a visit is in order,
i mean a deals a deal right

A short note for the foreigners:

New Zealand is NOT part of Australia. There's some water in between.
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Old 20 October 2006, 17:10   #35
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Hehe. I got into a spot of trouble with a young Kiwi lady who I had taken out for lunch. I played the dumb Saffer, and asked how much money Australia charges the Kiwis to rent their island. She wasn't impressed.

I guess I just lost the chance to show her my Amiga, eh?

Back on topic: I am a firm believer in the concept 'What goes around comes around.' These dudes that ripped me off will get ripped off at some stage, you can be sure of that. It might happen now, maybe only in 40 years time. You just never know. People move to other countries...
...and people have long memories
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Come on guys no hijacking what WAS a good thread
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Old 20 October 2006, 22:44   #37
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Best deal was probably the Blizzard 1230-IV I bought back in 96. Got 8 MB RAM for the price of 4 MB with it.

Worst deal was the flicker fixer I bought a coupla years ago. It heated up to the point that the components inside started to melt. What a pos.
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Old 21 October 2006, 18:41   #38
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I dont know about a GOOD deal, but I feel it was a reasonable deal.

Today I bought a mint condition A4000CR, 2Mbyte Chip + 16Meg Fast RAM, for 150 which I felt wasnt too bad.

I had to drive 30 miles to collect it though.

The CR is the rarest of the A4000 Desktops. It was the last revision, RevD with Buster11 as standard and the 68030 soldered on the motherboard. (It still has a Fast Slot for accelerators).

Now to whip out the 256Mbyte hard drive (damn that is small by todays standards) and put in a 10Gig one (from an XBOX) and fit some KS3.1 EPROMS and perhaps one of the A3640's I have lying around.
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it is a good deal for a CR 4000...
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It was sealed in plastic (although there was no box) and it has that "new" smell to it. No dust inside at all

The coin battery probably needs replacing though... bog standard CR2032, non of this barrel nonsense.

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