I never was really interested in obtaining an A1000. The lack of a Kickstart ROM, convoluted upgrade path, 256K RAM, etc., made it less than appealing to me. However, I obtained an A1000, from of all places, a local Goodwill store, right here in the middle of Amiga Wasteland, south east Louisiana. I was dumbfounded. It was even in its original box, and looked to be in an immaculate state. No noticeable yellowing, perfect keyboard, AND, a 1MB Insider RAM expansion, as well as the front 256K expansion. The expansion port cover was even still present. The only thing missing were disks, manuals, and a mouse. And, unbelievably, it was priced at LESS THAN $100 USD! I nearly passed out!
After regaining my composure, and making sure there were no hidden cameras filming for some practical jokes show, I grabbed that sucker and practically RAN to the checkout.
Once I got home, I unpacked it completely. Afterwards, I opened it up and checked under the hood. The motherboard is the cleanest I have ever seen. The case basically only has a few minor cosmetic flaws from seemingly being barely used.
What did not impress me was just how cheaply made it feels -- all plastic-y like an A500. I can kind of see now why it may not have been taken seriously by those who were using a PC competitor at the time. It feels like a game console, and I was afraid I would break off the clips holding the case together, given how flimsy the plastic felt, and how difficult it was to unclip one of the sides (I never use anything metal to pry).
I do love the keyboard, with its nice compact size, and, the under-computer storage place.
Either way, I now basically have every member of the Amiga family of computers, except for the 3000T, 4000T, CDTV, and CD32 (all of which I will never own due to the ridiculous prices they are sold for) after having added this primo specimen to my collection.