We just wanna make the world dance, Forget about the price tag

Money is awful, nasty stuff, the root of all evil in fact …except when it comes to buying Amiga kit. Then it comes in rather handy. It’s true, you too can exchange notes and coins – known around the globe as ‘currency’ – for retro goodies people no longer want. I know, it’s a crazy world!

I was accused of being patronising once if you can believe that. In retort I ruffled her hair playfully and called her a “cheeky monkey”, though I don’t think my boss appreciated the sentiment. *ba-dum tshh*

The question is, how much should you expect to have to spend to get your grubby mitts on the various Amiga models and its accessories? Can you tell what it is yet kids? (what do you mean it’s no longer appropriate to quote Rolf’s Cartoon Club?). Pfft.

Below you’ll find the eBay final sale values for the last ten items in each category (where the data exists), along with the average price paid (all figures cited are in GBP). They’re listed in order of recency and sampled from auctions completed during the previous three months, like a proper thesis and everyfink. That’s science folks!

I’ve also noted the whereabouts of the items sold, and the prices paid for similar kit designated as being “for spares or repair” in case you’re curious about the parts or fixer-up-er market. In the process I came across lots of auctions listed as “untested”, though have excluded these so as not to skew the results. Often these sell for as much as fully tested items, I suppose because plenty of people assume they won’t be the ones to get stung. Then there are those who have the engineering nous to take care of their own repairs so it doesn’t matter if there is work to do in order to resuscitate a system.

You’ll find some wacky outliers amongst the data, that’s just the luck of the draw. Where there are price spikes it’s usually because a system has a USP or two, such as the inclusion of an accelerator board, or it’s in exceptional condition, new-old stock even. These aren’t typical, though have been included to give you a more accurate overview.

What we can discern from conscientious, exhaustive analysis of this data is that you want to buy stuff, while others want to sell it. When more people want to buy the same stuff, the price goes up, and when no-one cares, it remains low.

Furthermore, the country where these items reside varies depending on the location of the seller.

They don’t call me The Tefal Man for nuffink you know. 😐

Model 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Avg
A500 63.25 76.00 68.97 31.00 89.00 82.01 56.00 73.23 62.00 43.00 64.45
country UK UK DE UK UK UK UK IT UK UK
spares 31.00 47.78 36.00 27.66 34.06 26.11 27.66 42.56 31.00 11.01 31.48
country UK UK UK UK BE UK UK IT UK UK
A600 20.00 79.99 73.99 147.00 102.00 70.78 120.26 80.00 105.00 67.00 86.60
country UK UK UK UK UK UK NZ UK UK UK
spares 62.01 58.00 58.00 38.99 47.99 29.79 41.00 33.00 41.65 45.60
country UK UK UK UK UK IT UK UK UK
A1000 145.32 224.78 339.76 290.26 232.88 246.60
country CA DE US FR US
spares
country
A1200 166.03 128.00 146.00 111.00 115.99 382.00 139.00 155.00 122.00 118.00 158.30
country DE UK UK UK UK UK UK UK UK UK
spares 114.00 128.00 102.17 133.00 87.00 87.00 35.00 98.02
country UK UK IT UK UK UK UK
A2000 142.19 101.32 212.86 186.47 223.72 225.64 351.23 200.00 205.00 185.00 203.34
country DE DE DE IT US UK US UK UK UK
spares 41.72 80.00 60.86
country NL UK
A3000 681.07 465.76 390.00 565.01 798.00 579.97
country US US UK US UK
spares 114.53 114.53
country US
A4000 549.19 596.00 435.00 763.53 209.97 360.00 485.62
country IT UK UK US US UK
spares 248.03 248.03
country CA
CD32 216.00 195.00 136.00 80.10 108.00 250.00 73.00 85.15 138.00 172.00 145.33
country UK UK UK UK UK UK UK FR UK UK
spares 26.00 33.00 42.00 68.00 42.25
country UK UK UK UK
Zipstick 16.00 15.17 14.50 9.99 11.17 13.37
country UK UK UK UK UK
spares
country
Comp Pro 30.27 26.69 25.12 19.00 21.29 19.99 18.50 17.21 17.03 17.00 21.21
country DE US DE DE NL UK UK UK NL UK
spares 8.72 5.64 7.18
country UK DE
1084 monitor 53.64 112.39 59.73 64.71 39.99 90.00 39.59 68.12 136.23 55.00 71.94
country IT IT DE DE UK PT IT IT IT UK
spares
country
tank mouse 19.08 13.25 12.60 10.50 8.11 6.50 3.53 17.87 7.50 10.99
country US UK UK UK UK UK UK FR UK
spares 0.99
country UK
ext. floppy drv 66.41 59.44 38.17 38.01 29.00 26.54 26.00 26.00 23.99 21.50 35.51
country BE DE US US UK UK UK UK UK UK
spares
country

8 thoughts on “We just wanna make the world dance, Forget about the price tag

  • September 3, 2016 at 5:27 am
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    Thanks. Infuriating how the retro gaming thing has become such a bandwagon jumping exercise isn't it.

    …and to think a few years back I went to a car boot sale and turned my nose up at an A600 for £15. It was loose in the box so I thought it would be in bad shape and didn't want to take the gamble. For fifteen quid! Duh.

  • September 5, 2016 at 11:12 pm
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    I wish stuff like that would show up at garage sales here in Canada. (Yeah that's what we call boot sales over here.) Little bits are showing up online here and there but it's pretty high-priced. 🙁

    This is great info if I'm looking to bring anything in from over seas. Thanks dreamkatcha!

  • September 6, 2016 at 7:08 am
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    We call them that here too, except hardly anyone arranges them. Great if you live on a busy main road I suppose, otherwise you're in for a long wait.

    Neighbours should get together and hold cul-de-sac sales in the middle of the road. You've got to make it worth people's travel time.

  • September 12, 2016 at 2:18 am
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    I haven't seen anything at prices as low as this chart on ebay. Am I looking in the wrong place? Everything is $250 and more for a basic system. Some without power supply. I'm looking to buy an A500 or A2000 but the prices are triple of that on the chart here. An pointers on where I should look would be greatly appreciated. I'm off mainalnd in Hawaii and talk about slim pickin's. Vintage is like unicorns in haystacks over here.

  • September 12, 2016 at 5:14 am
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    The prices quoted are all in GBP. Did you factor that in? $250 = £188.37.

    I searched for completed auctions located anywhere in the world, but that doesn't mean the sellers will be willing to ship worldwide. Maybe postage is more expensive to your neck of the woods so people are restricting what you can see? e.g. here it costs more to ship to Southern Ireland because it's not part of the UK, whereas Northern Ireland is.

    You could try waiting for a local collection-only deal to come up. You can pick up some real bargains that way due to lack of competition.

    You might also want to look into searching different regional sites and asking sellers if you can make the shipping arrangements yourself if they're reticent.

    Do you have any local newspapers with classifieds sections?

  • September 12, 2016 at 6:16 am
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    You're right Jonas–if you're looking in the United States, any kind of working Amiga is going to cost you a mint. Even the A500 we use we did all kinds of weird stuff to it just to be able to make it work (hacked AT power supply, GBS-8200 board for VGA display, etc). Truthfully, if you're in the US (and especially out of the lower 48 like you are) your least expensive option outside of emulation is a MiST FPGA, which will set you back $225 plus shipping. You can read more about it here: http://8-bit.info/2016/09/11/misty-journey-to-the-past/

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