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.

Top Rated Comments

farewelwilliams Avatar
60 months ago
Oh, 1 Inifinite Loop? *cancels eBay auction and jacks up the price*.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
60 months ago
I guess the archives were incomplete.

Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thisisnotmyname Avatar
60 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.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cineplex Avatar
60 months ago
Maybe they are trying to see what a good OS looks like. The current OS is a bit....well.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Porco Avatar
60 months ago
Turns out physical media has its uses sometimes eh? :D
Nice story.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WarHeadz Avatar
60 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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