Apple Adds to Vintage Software Collection With eBay Purchase

An Apple collector who was selling his vintage Apple software collection on eBay received a surprise earlier this month when Apple itself bought out much of his software inventory for its software archives (via MacGeneration).

According to seller "Marcoguy," he made several listings of various Apple CDs and received a message from someone asking to buy a dozen discs. When he went to ship the package, he noticed it was going to 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, Apple's corporate address. Upon asking the buyer about the purchase, he was told that Apple maintains a lab at its headquarters containing archived materials. "We were missing some of the disks that you placed on eBay," wrote the buyer.

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So yeah, Apple bought some of their own software back from me. :) Feel free to post if you've had a similar experience, as I would love to hear about it. I knew Microsoft has a pretty robust archive of their history, but I wasn't aware Apple does too until this happened.

Just goes to show how necessary this community is. If is wasn't for collectors like us, so much software would just be lost, out of the grasp of even the companies that produced it.
It's not clear how much Apple paid to fill out its archives, but the seller lists his software at prices ranging from $9.95 to $19.95. It's also not known exactly what Apple purchased, but the seller is offering many rare CDs from the early 90s, including a beta version of Apple's System 7 operating system and a disc from WWDC in 1994.



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32 months ago
Oh, 1 Inifinite Loop? *cancels eBay auction and jacks up the price*.
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32 months ago
I guess the archives were incomplete.

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32 months ago
I misread the headline and thought Apple purchased EBay. I may have actually joined the anti-Tim Cook crowd had that been the case :p

edit: purchasing EBay being considered a "Vintage Software Purchase" didn't strike me as odd.
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32 months ago
Turns out physical media has its uses sometimes eh? :D
Nice story.
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32 months ago
Maybe they are trying to see what a good OS looks like. The current OS is a bit....well.
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32 months ago
I miss the good old days of Mac OS 7-9. Oscar the grouch trash can? I mean come on!
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32 months ago
Ahhh, I remember those days. 7.0 was the first MacOS I worked with. Freehand, Pagemaker, Quark; good times.
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32 months ago

Apple is the one forcing you to update flash by not allowing it to run on OS X. Adobe doesn't care. Way too big brother for my taste. Apple should not be allowed to control what software I run on my Mac. Period.

You honestly have no clue what you're talking about. Flash updates have nothing to do with Apple, you can run whatever you want on your Mac. I think your problem is you.
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32 months ago
Wow at some of the artwork on these "Apple Developer Group" CDs.
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32 months ago
The guy has only sold 4 items recently, two for >$200 and two for ~$20

bundle

$210 Best Offer
http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&item=252501715447
Apple Developer CDs

single discs

$224.50 Bidding Frenzy
http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&item=252499947177
Apple Rhapsody Developer Release 1 OS X Early Prototype Sept 97 For Power Mac

$19.95 Buy it Now
http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&item=252499907474
Apple Macintosh System Software 7.0 Golden Master May 1991

$17.95 Buy it Now
http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&item=252499452514
Apple Developer Group Vol II: Phil and Dave's Excellent CD Release Version
Rating: 2 Votes
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