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icon_cpwComputer Price Watch (CPW) – Since 1981: Providing Monthly Price Information of Used IBM (and other Mfr’s) Mainframe Processors, Peripheral devices Sub-Systems and related Features.

icon_serversServers, PC’s & Workstations (SPWS) – Since 1993: Provides Monthly Used-Market Price Information Most UNIX Based Servers, Intel Based Servers, PC’s, Workstations, Laptops on down to Printers and Monitors.


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For: “Computer Price Watch”, or “Servers, PC’s & Workstations (SPWS)”.


Date: November, 2016
By: Bob Zacuto, Publisher

Throughout the History of Computers and particularly since the 1960’s to the Present, it has been important to Corporate accounting , IT and Finance departments to know the current value(s) of the expensive Computers in which they have invested countless millions of dollars.

From finance to taxation, the accurate depreciation rate(s) and current valuations are of paramount importance. Unsupportable guesses of said values can be costly in the case of a Tax Audit, deficiencies in in “equilibrium”  of debt / value ratio or being under (or over) insured in the case of a catastrophe.

From the introduction by IBM of the historic System 360, (an architectural platform upon which we depend on to this day) there has been a consistent shortening of the lifecycle of the current generations of Mainframe Central Processing Units.

When the System 360 was first introduced in 1963, they were still selling in the used-equipment-marketplace well into the 1970’s. This was due in part to IBM’s Price List being monolithic to all with the only exceptions being that of “GSA” and “Education”; and the slower, planned evolution into the System 370 introduced in 1970. Even after that introduction, the 360’s still enjoyed a fluid market that persisted for many years because the 360 and 370 used the same basic Operating System along with the same “instruction set” for programming. Hence, the migration to the newer generations was (and still is) “transparent” to the user. All of this prolonged the lifecycle of the mainframe in those early decades.

From the 1970’s on, the average IBM Mainframe Generation enjoyed a production span of approximately 7 to 8 years, and the previous Generation continued to have desirability and sustained value after it was replaced by newer technology. Since that time the Production Cycles have shortened to about 2 Years between new-generation announcements. Not all New-Announcements became financially successful for IBM because the newly announced technology may not offer enough for customers to jump into; and the previous generations can enjoy a temporary increase in Market Value.

The Valuation and depreciation of an existing Mainframe, Mid-Range or AIX (UNIX) Based Servers is anything but Straight-Line, and CFO’s need some form of Guidance to prevent over or under valuing their extremely expensive hardware.

Hence, there is a need for a current monthly “guide” to the Current Fair “Market Value” of these IBM Mainframe Computers (and related peripheral equipment) and All IT equipment that any major sized business.

Our 2-Publications, the “Computer Price Watch”, and “Servers PC’s & Workstations” provide such a valuation “guide”. They cover the entire spectrum of IT Equipment from the aforementioned IBM Mainframe or current “Z Series” down to UNIX, Windows Servers and finally PC’s with Laptops.


Along with current Fair Market Values, here are some additional benefits of value.

  1. Comparative Analysis: Compare Cost/Performance Ratios of Models of similar performance, along with Maintenance and software costs.
  2. Examine “1st. Ship” dates to see where your machine(s) are in the production cycle(s).
  3. Compare Sample Lease Payment costs of each item in your portfolio.

The “Computer Price Watch”, and “Servers, PC’s & Workstations” can easily, conveniently and concisely provide ALL of this information on a Monthly Basis at a Modest Cost. They are easy to use and available in both pdf and Hard Copy.


Computer Information Resources can provide custom services in the form of independent appraisal, valuation and Future Value Predictions. We have served as an Expert Witness in legal matters with Taxation agencies, End-Of-Lease Fair-Market-Value assessments and a myriad of other services that fall under the heading of IT Equipment Valuation.

We look forward to hearing from you to answer any inquiries you may have.

Feel free to contact us at any time regarding any of these (or any other) categories, and we will quote you our rates. (818) 883-4614