Mike Richardson wrote:Most LC 5xx will be crushed. In 10 years I bet they're collectable.
Well, you are welcome to hold onto them until the. For your sake, I hope they don't turn into $10 pieces of junk that you offload at a garage sale because your family is screaming at you that they want a place to park the car.
This is bad logic. Commodity tools are virtually never collectible unless they are fairly antique. The reason people throw them away is because they are without value from the start. The same is NOT true of machines like the TAM and Apple I which were originally acknowledged to be in short supply or had other defining characteristics that gave them value beyond their mere utility. The Apple I was hardly a capable machine, and even though it was rare, it didn't have value because of the rareness. It had value because of it's novelty. The same is true of the Mac TV and the TAM. The same is true of most prototypes and pre-production Macs. Can you say this about the LC 575?
You have to draw the line somewhere lest you become a pack rat. The mentality you describe just results in needless hoarding. Why stop with the LC 580? Why not also include that vintage Sony WEGA Trinitron TV you've got in your living room? In thirty years time, they'll be plenty rare, too! And why stop even there?! What about that cordless phone you've got? No doubt that in one hundred years, you'll be the only person who has one! My, won't that be a hit on Antiques Roadshow!
Your point neglects the reality that most machines, no matter how much you wish it weren't true, will just never be collectibles. And besides, even if one simply defines something's value to a collector by it's rarity, then diminishing the supply by destroying surplus equipment, one automatically increases the value of the remainder of the supply. In that case, you should applaud the needless destruction of Macs in other people's collections. But that is a poor way to define a collector's item's value.
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