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Keith McCord ReportingA lot of people are buying new computers this year for holiday giving. It's always a time for the newest, latest, fastest, and most powerful gadgets. But one computer store specializes in computers that are not new -- they're OLD and SLOW.

This is not one of those computer "superstores". You won't find CD burners, flat screens, or gigabytes. And Intel is definitely not inside. Welcome to the Computer Bargain Store.

Need a 20-year old computer? How about the Apple 2C, which was quite innovative for its time? It had a built-in five and a half inch floppy drive and no hard drive. Or, how about an old Atari 400? No hard drive in this one either, but with a floppy, it has 16 kilobytes of memory. Compared to today's systems, it's nothing.

Reid Swenson, Owner, Computer Bargain Store: "There were kids that woke up on Christmas morning with one of these under the Christmas tree that just went nuts. I mean, this was cool! "

Reid Swenson opened up this tiny computer store 20-years ago. And as computer technology progressed at lightning speeds, Swenson discovered that a lot of people hung on to their old systems. They love playing the old games. If they needed parts, they'd come to him.

Reid Swenson: "We have joy sticks for computers that haven't been made for 20 years."

For two decades he's filled a low-tech niche, both in the store, and on his web site.

Reid Swenson: "We're kind of a repository, kind of like a wine cellar for old software."

But he has quite a bit of old hardware too. For example, a Commodore-64. He calls it the Model T of computers.

Reid Swenson: "It was actually the first really nice computer that the average American could afford."

By today's standards, the Commodore's game graphics and sound are elementary, but in the '80's it was state of the art.

So, if you need a Windows 3.1 operating system, or still load programs in your computer using a cassette tape, Reid Swenson can probably help you out. He may be the only guy in the country who can.

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