Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

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Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby scottE » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:08 pm

This is the sort of thing that seems like it would be historically significant (even if it's just a DIY assembly clone), but I don't know how many were made or if clones like these are necessarily that significant.

Most of the computer museums didn't seem interested in giving me shipping for the thing (which, to be fair, might be high considering its size and weight in box coming from Alaska—just as well, as I now find myself in need of selling some stuff to make rent anyway).

It comes with its box, a manual, and seems complete. Don't know if it works, or if it needs work to work.

So. Ebay? Is there an ideal forum that I should approach collectors? What do you think?

Edited to add this: https://archive.org/stream/byte-magazine-1982-08/1982_08_BYTE_07-08_Logo#page/n321/mode/2up This is basically it.
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Re: Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:25 pm

Holy shit. I'm sure some people here would be interested. Definitely post it for sale here, Amibay.com and VC Federation
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Re: Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby scottE » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:33 pm

Ok. But that raises issues of pricing. What would be fair? I guess I should probably post more images. I'll try to do that later, since I've got a migraine at the moment, and that makes it hard to concentrate.

I literally cannot find any solid information for Pineapples. Near as I can tell, this thing is a ghost.

If it is, it's got a pretty nice badge on the chassis.
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Re: Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby guardian452 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:54 pm

I have a Unitron apple II clone (Taiwanese, not Brazilian) and unsuccessfully tried to unload it for a fair amount of time. I decided I'd rather hold onto it than trash it, but as the value of *real* Apple ]['s are fairly low... kind of a shame as I'm sure period clones are very rare now. I also don't have an original apple][ but a 2e, so it's neat to have an original even if it's a clone.

I also have just the board for my Unitron. You might have better luck with a complete machine.

Maybe we can start an apple2-clone fan club? :)

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Re: Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby scottE » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:09 pm

Since I can't be a member of the Crimson club any more, I'd certainly join the fans of clones club. In lieu of dues I could design the logo!

Have you considered just mounting the Unitron board onto plexiglass or something and hang it on the wall? It's a cool piece of history; it should be displayed. Obviously not a solution I can really explore with the Pineapple, since it weighs kind of a lot and is huge.

The only non-Mac Apple II I have ever actually used was the Apple IIGS (currently with a busted CRT—going to try to get it fixed), and I only started messing it with it last year. Neat machine, but I'm probably going to have to part with it and all of it's nifty 16-bit goodness, too. I have two villains I'm currently fighting with: a lack of space, and a serious lack of funds. So I need to unload a few of my old things.

Someone else out there has the resources to properly care for these things, even get use out of them.

Anyway, I'll post a few more photos tomorrow.
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Re: Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby scottE » Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:57 pm

Here are a few more of the photos I took before putting it back in the box. The exterior of the box is in rough shape (it was mailed out), but the styrofoam insets are good.

Hero (I should have put a scale bar in there, but I didn't have a meter stick handy):
pineapple-hero.jpg
My hero shot.


Papered work:
manual.jpg
Has the manual!


Box (bit tattered on the outside, but inside, she's got it where it counts):
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Shipping box. (Addresses digitally removed.)


Badge and Logo detail:
pineapple-badge.jpg
Badger.
pineapple-logo.jpg
Logo.


Some innards:
pineapple-innards.jpg
Guts.

pineapple-cpu.jpg
And as you can see, it _is_ a clone.

pineapple-drive-card.jpg
I believe this might be an extra. I don't know about Apples. But this is a clone, so I know really even less.

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I forget what this is. Oh, I kill me.
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Re: Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby vishnu » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:51 pm

Holy freakin' wow, socketed ICs! :shock:
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Re: Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby Hakimoto » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:08 am

Very nice kit. I have fond memories of Apple ][ clones. Had some myself back in the day. I hope you find a good home for it!
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Re: Advice Request: I need to sell a Pineapple (Apple II clone)

Unread postby scottE » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:10 pm

Me too!

Unfortunately, I'm probably not going to be too picky about where it ends up. We need the space/cash pretty badly.

vishnu wrote:Holy freakin' wow, socketed ICs! :shock:


Yep! It was apparently a kit.
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