Startup: Optimistic Commercialism

Not actually plated in platinum, despite what the price may lead you to think.

Over on Hooniverse, we’ve damn near raised trolling eBay Motors to an art form. While partaking of this particular hobby this evening, I thought to expand my purview a bit, and discovered that trolling the electronics section can be equally as rewarding. I did stumble across a few items that made me tingly, some of which will likely show up here later, but this particular ad really caught my eye. Not so much because of what it was selling, but because of the price. They’re selling two NOS (New Old Stock, for those of you who haven’t had to deal with vintage parts before) vacuum tubes for $56 plus shipping. Now, that might seem a little pricey, but it’s all the worse when you put that in perspective.

These tubes are from 1962. In that year, $56 would have been roughly equivalent to between $400 and $600 today. That $56 is probably more than the price of whatever electronic gadget the tubes would have been installed in. I really don’t know what to make of this, other than to suspect that if I hold on to enough of my junk for long enough, I’ll probably be able to sell it for a tidy profit. I’ll be an eBay millionaire in 20 years or so!

  • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    We have a few of what boil down to being essentially huge water cooled vacuum tubes here at work. Each one is worth more than my house (unfortunately I paid for my house more than it's worth now, that's a different story, actually that's not true either, I have a mortgage, anyway I digress). That's mostly since they are '60s and earlier tech. They are so freakishly expensive that there is an enclosed cylindrical housing used to refurbish them here. Toshiba, Hitachi, or Mitsubishi make really sweat high power ones $60-100K, all because it's modern tech used in broadcasting. This old stuff because of economics gets expensive.

  • RahRahRecords

    when I got my record cutter ( a presto k-10) , it got dropped at some point in shipping and 2 type 45 triodes and a type 80 rectifier got broken. After pricing replacements and emailing photos of the damage and the shipping box to the ups store that shipped it, they sent me 167.50 to replace the 3 tubes. And I didn't even give them the most expensive prices. I used that money to buy a k-6 ( an earlier 78 only model). So I got the tubes and a whole spare parts machine ( which had a better cutter head than my k-10) for what the 3 tubes would have cost. And they're still going strong 4 years later.

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