Question Why Are 5-1/4" Floppy Disk Drives So Expensive?

steve45

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I stopped at an estate sale yesterday. The guy had owned a computer business at one time and he had a bunch of new old stock PC stuff. I noticed a case of 5-1/4" floppy disk drives for sale at $50 each! What the...? I asked one of the guys working the sale and he said he knew nothing about it. One of the other customers piped up that they were selling for $100+ on Ebay.

When I got home, I looked on Ebay. Sure enough, there are a number of them in the $50-150 range.

Why???
 

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On ebay, you need to filter for Sold/Completed.

I see many that sold for for $30-$50.

Why so "expensive"? They are no longer made. People that actually want/need them will pay.
Basic supply and demand.
 
makes no sense, as they are completely useless..

Let everyone that wants one for $30-$100 have one, and, good luck to them finding media that actually works this many decades later, as most have corroded /oxidized/or molded by now...
 

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