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How Can We Spot Future Retro Classics?

Fritz Hohl

As a collector, we often wish we would have bought some retro classics devices when they were cheaply available. This is not possible retroactively, but we can try to guess what products we can buy now or tomorrow for a good price that we will want to have in the future. To that end we have to ask ourselves how the price of an electronic device looks over its lifetime and what the criteria are that turn undesirable junk today in a beloved rarity tomorrow. This presentation wants to explore these questions by looking at the retro computer market as an example. This presentation is complemented by an exhibition on "Future Retro Classics".