From what I've heard, there was a time in the 80's after the release of the DX7 that Mini Moogs and other now much sought after analog synths became affordable second-hand so many people at VSE would probably at least like it for that!
You are so right! I got my JX3P, JX8P, DW8000 for close to nothing. Anything that didn't have MIDI wasn't even worth considering back in the mid-80s and I happily sold on my immaculate Juno 60. I also passed on a JP6 and an early PPG for FF4000 - about UK£400 at the time - each and later swapped the JX8P+PG800 and
DW8000 for a Korg M1 at a shop in Watford. Having said that, I got my DX7 mark 1 for £27 from a guy in East London via eBay!!!
As for drum machines, anything that wasn't a Linn was a crappy toy, especially the Roland CR/DR/TR range, although the TR707 was found in many studios owing to its ability to output an FSK sync code ("tape sync") which could be recorded onto a track although it could only be used in conjunction with MIDI Clock; this allowed you to record sequenced parts from different physical instruments on separate tracks one by one. I am talking about multi-track analogue reel-to-reel recording here. Oh, I do miss the 80s!
Now this is nothing to do with synths but I see you're in Springfield, IL, Dano. I have a close friend in Jacksonville who works in Springfield. We visited the area back in 2005. My claim to fame is that my whole family managed to use the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives' personal toilet!