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 '18 at 1:00
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    We hacked the disk/disc on the 380Z and changed all the error messages. – birdwes Oct 9 '18 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 '18 at 3:02
  • Would it be more on topic if it asked where yo can find buyers for retro computers? – UncleBod Oct 9 '18 at 7:37
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    What did eBay say when you searched? – Mawg says reinstate Monica Oct 16 '18 at 12:12

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.


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 '18 at 0:25
  • Well no, that's true, because Acorn isn't a trillion dollar company today. – Greg Hewgill Oct 9 '18 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 '18 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 '18 at 1:06
  • It's not for sale at the moment. This was just a "test" – birdwes Oct 9 '18 at 1:10

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