C65 pricing insanity - board and service manual on eBay sold - is the lucky buyer here??


It's actually kind of a sad story. Once upon a time there was an interesting individual who thought he could personally resurrect Commodore. He knew nothing about computers or business however, and instead lived upon a trust fund of cash, cotton candy and dreams. His name was Ryan Czerwinski. He founded Merlancia Industries with his mother and convinced many, many people to put up hundreds of thousands of dollars in a quest to revive the Amiga. That dream came crashing down hard of course because he had never done anything more complex than blend custom tobaccos (yep).

He lives in or near Phoenix Arizona but pretends to live in Las Vegas to avoid the IRS and other people who might be looking for him. He normally sells through a friend in the Phoenix area. He purchased the rubbish bin of C65 boards that Centsible acquired after Commodore was liquidated. He sells off two or three of them every year. I purchased two of his rev 2B boards. He seems to think they're worth tens of thousands of dollars each even though his eBay bids never quite reach those amounts. I paid a few hundred for each of mine because no one else bid. Maybe one day he'll wake up and realize he's just peddling rubbish.

I won't comment on his character. He may be a nice guy, his intentions may be honorable, but all I have to go on is several dozen emails full of extorted half truths that he's personally sent to me. If you'd like to know more feed the words "Merlancia Ryan Czerwinski Centsible Amiga Commodore" into Google and it'll start you on to a path to at least part of the story.


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