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Novag Sapphire I and II Raffle Proposal
« on: October 6, 2015, 09:31PM »
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I have some Novag Sapphire (I and II) computers and would like to raffle them away, but I figured that simply listing my inventory and my suggested price tags would constitute the quickest way to parting with absolutely nothing on my end.

[. . .] So I thought it a fun idea to raffle my computers away, one at a time.  Who would feel receptive to this?

In my idea, I would ask anyone who wishes to participate in the raffle to send me a paypal amount of no more than 15 USD.  Then, at a certain time that I will indicate beforehand, I will put up a few very easy chess trivia questions on this website.  The first person to email me with correct answers to the questions will receive the Novag computer.

Anyone who does not win this raffle will receive a digitized and text-searchable PDF scan of Fred Reinfeld's Book of the Warsaw 1935 International Chess Team Tournament (No. 5 in the Modern Chess Library Series).  Used book sellers currently offer this book at $253.99 (as of 7 October 2015) and up.  This sort of counts as a participation prize (and also to gently assure you that at least your fifteen dollars went somewhere productive, namely because the value of the book scanned exceeds your raffle price by a factor of about seventeen).

I figure that the low price of this raffle (15 USD) makes this a very attractive prospect because Novag Sapphire I and II units retail for prices much higher than 15 USD.  My units either have brand new conditions or minimal corrosion that hardly affects functionality (and in any case, any chess computer user worth his salt should know that one should only use adapters with these computers, since the Novag computers themselves senselessly hog battery life).

This raffle will probably not happen if too few takers exist.  I have sold computers through this website before (please see the <<Chess Computers for Sale>> thread dated 3 September 2009).
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