Well @AlexDrito, I don’t think I would recoup the money spent on this Atari XE, with the 512KB RAM, SIDE3 and FujiNet I am already into three figures and so If I decided I wanted to sell it, which is not going to happen. I would loose money on it. Some people ask for ridiculous sums of money on eBay for expanded Atari computers but they are often listed several times.
I think you refer to the price of the extra expansions and cartridges? I suppose if you only wanted to play games a RAM expansion to 128KB and either a SIO2PC or a SD DriveMax would be enough so would only cost £50 or less. I want to get to grips with Display lists and PMG’s and programming in general plus the fujiconvert software interests me as well. So adding more powerful expansions was more attractive to me.
I did plan to get a SIDE2 for a long time but then the SIDE3 came out so it seemed to make sense to get the newer model. I think part of the price difference is down to the royalties paid to FJC for his firmware, which you have no choice in paying compared to the older products where he wrote new firmware after they had been released. I don’t mind paying it either as it’s a lot of work and he should get something back for the effort.
Not old. Vintage. :)