and seeing as US/UK exchange rates are confusing for me, please include a proper conversion for US dollars in your reply.
Zx spectrum: masterpiece that keeps on giving
(wish it weren't so expensive)
- Posts: 3003
- Joined: Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:56 am
- Location: Looking forward to summer in Somerset, UK...
Typical prices are around £20 to £40 for ZX81’s that are ‘untested’.
Here is a link to eBay.co.uk showing actual selling prices. As you can see, they range from £16 to £126 (not including postage). That’s from $20.75 to $163.34 (not including postage).
I got a pair off of Craigslist for $50 with some extra stuff (printers/16k pack) included.
They are out there... There are some decent ones on e-bay from time to time as well.
And don't forget to include the Timex Sinclair 1000 in your search. A ZX81 with 2k RAM.
There is also the Timex Sinclair 1500, which is a ZX81 with a Spectrum-like case/keyboard and 16k included, but it tends to be more expensive when I have seen them.
Now, the ZX80, that's a different story. The only ones I've see in the US have been 3 digits in cost.
Also, be prepared to do some work on them to get them working/happy.
There is probably a likelihood the keyboard will need to be repaired/replaced (you can get new replacements!!).
You will possibly/likely want to mod it for composite output if you intend to use it much.
However, if you get a good deal from the UK, having one from there would be neat also...
That said, fun machines! Worth it...
And also got a US version with a TS2068 purchase (needs video work...the TS2068 not the ZX81)
I am happy to get a postage quote for p&p on the linked zeddy if you are interested. It is a nice one with the famous maths bug. Funny how not quite working properly actually makes something more valuable.
Edit - sorry this was also advertised elsewhere as no one was interested after a few weeks and just sold.
ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal, rebuilt)
Iss 3 ZXVid
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB, ZX-KDLX & ChromaSCART
TS 1500 & 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 862)
Spectrum 48ks plus a DIVMMC future and SPECTRA