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is a windows 98 computer considered an antique?

how much can I get for it if I sell it at a pawn shop

10 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    Items normally must be over 50 years old to be considered antique. Old computers are about as useless as Ham/CB Radio, Buggy Whips, or Coonskin Hats. So your best option is to recycle. As for the pawn shop, you might be offended when you see the looks and hear the chuckles. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    nothing unless they are recycling it and get the gold out.. YOU MAY if LUCKY get 5 bucks for it.

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  • 1 month ago

    Although considered old, a lot of now-a-day music systems still use the FAT32 file system on SD cards.


       The IDE hardware might not support over an 8Gb SDCard though.

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  • 1 month ago

    They have no value.  A win 98 computer will have a really slow IDE hard drive, and probably has 1 3.5 and 5 inch floppy drives.

    These use FAT 32 for file systems which do not allow for large hard drives. Nothing in the system is usable, 

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  • Steven
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    No, that will not be considered antique, because most of persons still using window 98 system nowadays. 

    Most computers old enough to run Windows 98 are broken of were thrown away while still working because they were considered to be too slow. You might still be able to find one, but you have to look for them specifically, because you won't find them in any store.

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  • 1 month ago

       Hi. As these vids will demonstrate, even collectors aren't buying for more than $25or so, & the system is so old that people just create a VM of the Win98 hardware & run anything they need to on that.

       So having the actual hardware is no longer necessary to run that OS.

       And here's a little retro-Techie porn for You if You have some time to kill ...

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Windows 98 is not a type of computer, it's an outdated operating-system.

    A computer designed for windows 98 isn't worth anything nowadays

    • Actually, "isn't worth anything" is variable to the next potential owner, & a good salesperson can make anything useful. That system would be perfect for someone teaching a young teen how to become a Techie from the ground up with MS-DOS just like they did. And the free games available - WOW!!!

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  • Dick
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    By law, an antique is an item that's at least 100 years old. A collectible is just about anything that people collect. The age of a collectible is not important, except if an item is labeled a vintage collectible. A vintage collectible is an item that is at least 50 years old.

    • In My state vehicles that are 25 years old can qualify as an antique.

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  • 1 month ago

    i would call a pawnshop and ask them about it

    • Especially if it's a desktop system, a laptop You could just take there anyway.
      But a desktop requires an EGA (CRT) monitor & a PS/2 (or even an AT-connector) keyboard & mouse. Most pawn shopos won't have those on-hand for daily use.

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  • 1 month ago

    You would need to hang on to this computer for a long long time before it's regarded to be an antique. On top of that, supply versus demand plays a critical part in how much the computer would be worth. If enough people keep them for an extended time period, then it still won't be worth much in 50 years.

    If it's still working by then, that will increase the value of your computer.

    If you choose to store it for a few decades, then I recommend you wrap it in multiple layers of plastic so it's not impinged with additional dust. At startup, dust can create a track that short-circuits the computer, so it's not what you want inside your investment.

    Most people will send their old electronics to the recycler or rubbish tip. I'd say that's probably what you will do too. 

    If you choose to sell it now, someone might pay you $1.

    More effort than it's worth I should think.

    Hence either dump it or keep it for an extended period of time are your best options.

    By the way, if you do choose to keep it, then it's best to clean it out now before wrapping in plastic. You need to do this carefully though, so the circuitry isn't damaged.

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    • Agreed Steve, I'd also say to keep a spare brand new CMOS battery with it too, but You COULD jump out those connectors into a different size battery of the same voltage / amps if necessary if You absolutely had to for a good profit.

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