I have one of these things gathering dust at home:

Acorn System 1

I have the original manual (when I find it?) too.

It did work, the last time I powered it up, 35 years ago.

Should I throw it in the bin or sell it?

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    Oh, I could point you to a very specific bin - it would sit quite well next to a 380Z :)) Having said that, this question is not realy for RC, as it asks about opinion, which is explicit off topic.
    – Raffzahn
    Oct 9, 2018 at 1:00
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    We hacked the disk/disc on the 380Z and changed all the error messages.
    – birdwes
    Oct 9, 2018 at 1:01
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    Agree with Raffzahn re: suitability for the site. But if the choice is between binning it and selling it, definitely sell it. Without being confident enough to be more numerically specific, profit will outweigh effort.
    – Tommy
    Oct 9, 2018 at 3:02
  • Would it be more on topic if it asked where yo can find buyers for retro computers?
    – UncleBod
    Oct 9, 2018 at 7:37
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    What did eBay say when you searched?
    – Mawg
    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:12

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Ebay have a special category for retro computers There is also the UK based https://www.sellmyretro.com/ were you can try to sell it. I am sure that most countries also have their local sites where to sell things like this. Also, serach the web i your local area for Acorn user groups. Even if they probably are more into the slightly newer Acorn computers, there is a big chance at least some one there is interested in a Acorn System 1 to get a complete set on the shelf at home.

  • I don't understand why the OP did not look on eBay before posting here
    – Mawg
    Oct 16, 2018 at 12:12

Someone would most certainly be interested in this. Whether it's worth your while is the next question.

  • It's not going to be worth as much as en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_I
    – birdwes
    Oct 9, 2018 at 0:25
  • Well no, that's true, because Acorn isn't a trillion dollar company today. Oct 9, 2018 at 0:30
  • their ARM chips are in your mobile phone.... and Softbank sell the verilog design to Apple's chip manufacturers.
    – birdwes
    Oct 9, 2018 at 0:33
  • @birdwes It's anything between zero and maybe 60-100 quid. Ofc, you could always be lucky and hit some nostalgic fool paying more. Not likely but said to have happened. ... thinking of it, I may even know someone interested not far from you, living south of Swindon.
    – Raffzahn
    Oct 9, 2018 at 1:06
  • It's not for sale at the moment. This was just a "test"
    – birdwes
    Oct 9, 2018 at 1:10

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