Post by Andreas Eder Post by Andreas Kohlbach
Never seen it in Germany. But that might have been before "my
time". Wasn't until 1982 that I roamed electronic stores to see the new
computers and play with them. Suppose the Osborne wasn't even sold there
I think it was in 1982 that I bought my Osborne. It was in the local
Osborne office in Munich, Germany.
There was an Osborne Office?
Okay, Munich has roughly 10 times the number of citizens of the town I
grew up in. I cannot recall that we had any dedicated computer store
other than small repair shops which also sold new computers. But mainly
Commodores and Ataris.
I went to Neckermann and Quelle stores back in the early 80s. I also
recall they had an Epson HX-20 and some portables from Casio. In the mid
80s they also had Amstrad (Schneider in Germany) computers. Soon after
Atari STs and Commodore Amigas were added to their portfolio.
I bought all my C64 and later Amiga in a department store (Allkauf) when
they were on discount. If I recall correctly I paid 469 DM for the C64 in
late 1984 and 889 DM for an Amiga 500 in February 1989.
And all computers were broken. The C64 showed garbage when turning
on. The replacement then worked. The Amiga crashed on hardware demanding
scene demos. I had to replace it twice.