Antiques and collectibles in the used IT equipment market

14-09-2018 at 09:33

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Asset Remarketing is the place to go for the ethical cash sale and recycling of your old business IT equipment, but there are times you may want to reconsider selling IT equipment, particularly if you feel it could have some antique or collector value. 

Here's our quick guide to some of the collectibles in the IT market at this current moment.

Current antiques and collectibles within the IT equipment sector

The world of information technology has come a long way since the first ever programmable computer (the Z1) was invented and built by Konrad Zuse in his parents' living room. There's now a lively market for some of the personal computers that were around in the 1970s and 80s. Vintage computer festivals are quite common events in the United States, and there's certainly a market for collectible IT equipment on sites like eBay.

But, before you start rooting around in your attic for your old Amstrad and contemplating a life of luxury, it's a good idea to do some research into current valuations.

Some of the most collectible antique PCs include:

Altair 8800

These machines originally sold for around $660 and have a current market value of at least $2,000. Although they weren't the first micro computers to hit the market, these machines were popular and spawned heaps of derivatives, and are also credited with the emergence of the lucrative software supply market.

Apple 1 

If you own an old Apple 1, collectors are prepared to pay up to $130,00 for these antiques on the open market. In 2014, an Apple 1 sold for over $900,000 at a New York auction, so if you happen to have one, don't hesitate to get it valued immediately!

While it's unlikely many people will own an Apple 1 - there were only 50 made and they were manufactured in Steve Wozniak's garage - some of the most collectible computers likely to be in lofts and garages in the UK include the ZX81, The Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore Vic 20, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga and the BBC Micro. You won't achieve a sale price of thousands of pounds for these machines, but you could well find they're worth between £200 and £1,000, and they are likely to go up in price over the next few years too. 

Of course, it's not always the case that IT equipment will achieve collectible status and does depend very much on popularity and numbers issued. Most businesses can't afford to simply hang onto old PCs, laptops, servers and tech equipment in the hope that they one day become antiques. 

Releasing the cash tied up in old IT equipment

There are ways to release the capital tied up in your old business IT equipment, however. Here at Asset Remarketing, we offer cash purchases for companies sourcing channels for hardware disposal. We are experts in the corporate surplus computers UK market, and have many years of experience in secure computer disposal for a number of public authorities, schools and educational establishments, as well as large corporations. 

We understand the very real importance of the confidential data on your old IT equipment and guarantee to securely wipe all of your old machines prior to recycling. We are British Security Industry Association (BSIA) certified and issue all of our clients with complete certification to prove the data on old IT equipment has been destroyed or wiped.

How does it work? 

It's easy to sell your old IT equipment using Asset Remarketing. You just need to upload a list of all your computers, servers, laptops, and any other associated devices, and we'll provide you with an instant cash price. Just so long as this is acceptable, we'll arrange for the free and secure collection of your equipment and transport it back to our Manchester HQ for recycling. 

It really is that simple to benefit from the sale of your redundant IT equipment and our recycling policies meet all waste disposal regulations in the UK and EU, so you can rest assured your old computers won't be making their way across the oceans to join the e-waste black market [insert link to the first article].

Get in touch today to find out more about this excellent opportunity to profit from old computers and IT equipment. It really does make good business sense.