Atari's Junk is Another Man's Treasure
The history of Atari from 1972 through 1984 is littered with rumors and outlandish tales of Atari crushing, burying and outright destroying massive amounts of perfectly good technology. Why??? Well, apparently Atari was faced on many occasions with problems such as over-production, overstocking, space restraints, massive returns and other odd reasons.
The article mentions tales and rumors of ROM chips being poured into cement foundations, overstock being smashed by tractor trailers before being taken to dumpsters, and thousands upon thousands of unwanted trackballs being sold for a couple hundred dollars.
Check out the rest of the Atari Museum for all kinds of interesting Atari related info. The site is very lovingly put together, and has enough information to keep you occupied for quite a while.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew.