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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #301 on: Sun, 11 November 2018, 10:46:31 »

To be fair, why not give it a try


Most of my buy-low-sell-high ebay schemes have ended up in a lot of time and effort for little money, after fees, etc, but if there were a couple of hundred dollars to be made it would be different.
After Trump’s speech, Trump’s team sent out a mass email to his supporters (supposedly directly from Trump) soliciting half a million dollars in donations specifically for something named as the “Official Secure the Border Fund.”  The email asserted that the half a million needed to be raised in one day, and that there was a 9 PM Eastern “deadline" for the funds to be donated.  The email went on to say that Trump had directed his staff to bring him a list of “EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT” (all caps in the original, of course) who had donated.  (Never mind wondering how he would have time to read such a list after 9 pm, when his speech began.)
At the end of the email — my guess would be in smaller print — was a disclaimer that all donations would be given to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign fund.  That’s right — NOT to some alleged “Official Secure the Border Fund.”
After the speech, a second email went out to supporters who had not donated, asserting that when Trump reviewed the list of donations, “he noticed that your name was not on the list.”  (I kid you not.)  Therefore, the “deadline" was being extended so that the singled-out supporter could have a chance to donate to the “Official Secure the Border Fund" and get on the list.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #302 on: Tue, 13 November 2018, 09:49:38 »
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #303 on: Tue, 13 November 2018, 09:57:37 »
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<armin> i have the impression the only reason the mx red switch was invented was drunk people

       
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #304 on: Thu, 15 November 2018, 03:59:08 »
I always love this move:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/antique-vintage-computer-keyboard-Maxi-Switch-Co-630015-02-wooden-frame-Apple-/264003756334?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137

How about a few dollars more:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Maxi-Switch-1979-Wooden-Keyboard-like-Apple-inc-Line-Feed-Here-is-Rub-out-keys/382624062427?hash=item59162bdbdb:g:lDgAAOSwDDRb5Je2:sc:UPSGround!37803!US!-1:rk:2:pf:0

...To be fair, why not give it a try - I mean maybe I'm just jealous I didn't think of it.

Brilliant! Find an old junk keeb with sufficiently pre-Model-M keys, put it in a wood case, and offer it as a sacred relic from the Garage of Jobs and Wozniak!
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #305 on: Thu, 15 November 2018, 18:31:54 »
Welcome to Stamford, Connecticut. Now, the residents of Stamford always thought that their town was a nice place - a quiet place. But then one day a keyboard arrived. Not just any keyboard. It was a keyboard with a bad "READ" key. A keyboard worth $532.00 plus $29.00 shipping.

Submitted for your approval:

CHYRON HEGO KEYBOARD WITH BAD "READ" KEY MODEL CHYRON KYBD REV. K

https://www.ebay.com/itm/CHYRON-HEGO-KEYBOARD-WITH-BAD-READ-KEY-MODEL-CHYRON-KYBD-REV-K/232999003918?hash=item363fd2a70e:g:otgAAOSwFzZb2B3p:rk:1:pf:0

"This Is An Outstanding Value."

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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #306 on: Fri, 23 November 2018, 04:31:00 »
Heh, they've relisted it for $100 less. Well, can't blame 'em for fishing.

It looks like a Chyron Duet, probably with Cherry MX Clears. Quite a fun design:





Secret labs with staffs of nubile jumpsuited assistants come to mind. If it weren't so much, I'd get it just for that.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #307 on: Fri, 23 November 2018, 04:47:29 »
Sigh... Greed seems to have no bounds:

Leading Edge DC-2014 Blue Alps Mechanical Keyboard


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Sure, it's Alps Blues, and it's NIB, or like-new, or very lightly used (though the seller stops short of actually calling it any of those).

$799 for an 83-key board—that's darn near $10 per key. Prithee, givest thou me a break.

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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #308 on: Fri, 23 November 2018, 05:31:00 »
Talk about optimism, waiting for a sucker with more money than sense to come along.


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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #309 on: Fri, 23 November 2018, 05:36:15 »


$799 for an 83-key board—that's darn near $10 per key. Prithee, givest thou me a break.

True - I mean, Beamsprings are much more expensive, but they have 88 keys.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #310 on: Fri, 23 November 2018, 05:39:24 »
Then again, if I had the money I might be more of a sucker


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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #311 on: Sat, 24 November 2018, 21:21:32 »

Secret labs with staffs of nubile jumpsuited assistants come to mind. If it weren't so much, I'd get it just for that.


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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #312 on: Wed, 28 November 2018, 20:34:46 »
Yeah, but...



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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #313 on: Thu, 29 November 2018, 10:28:14 »
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
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Model M—seller can't find p/n, so super rare!
« Reply #315 on: Sat, 01 December 2018, 02:52:09 »
RARE, Vintage White IBM Model M Clicky Keyboard PT NO 1386304


208138-0





208144-1


Okay, I don't think I have any magical Internet skills or anything, but:


208140-2


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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #316 on: Sat, 01 December 2018, 08:47:01 »
"Unit is clean"
After Trump’s speech, Trump’s team sent out a mass email to his supporters (supposedly directly from Trump) soliciting half a million dollars in donations specifically for something named as the “Official Secure the Border Fund.”  The email asserted that the half a million needed to be raised in one day, and that there was a 9 PM Eastern “deadline" for the funds to be donated.  The email went on to say that Trump had directed his staff to bring him a list of “EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT” (all caps in the original, of course) who had donated.  (Never mind wondering how he would have time to read such a list after 9 pm, when his speech began.)
At the end of the email — my guess would be in smaller print — was a disclaimer that all donations would be given to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign fund.  That’s right — NOT to some alleged “Official Secure the Border Fund.”
After the speech, a second email went out to supporters who had not donated, asserting that when Trump reviewed the list of donations, “he noticed that your name was not on the list.”  (I kid you not.)  Therefore, the “deadline" was being extended so that the singled-out supporter could have a chance to donate to the “Official Secure the Border Fund" and get on the list.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #317 on: Sun, 02 December 2018, 22:45:26 »
Yep, as in "cleaning someone out".
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #318 on: Tue, 04 December 2018, 23:25:22 »
IBM 1390131 MODEL M MECHANICAL SPRING KEYBOARD


208348-0


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Quote from: eBay seller
Just one of the best. a dream to use...

Hmm... Looks like a dirty dream to me.  :?P
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #319 on: Wed, 05 December 2018, 12:25:14 »
IBM 1390131 MODEL M MECHANICAL SPRING KEYBOARD


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Quote from: eBay seller
Just one of the best. a dream to use...

Hmm... Looks like a dirty dream to me.  :?P

Sweet!  This is the ultra-rare version with a bottom left delete key.  Better scoop  it up.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #320 on: Wed, 05 December 2018, 12:28:35 »
It's still a good find, but the price is too high in it's present state.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #321 on: Thu, 06 December 2018, 01:25:14 »
Sweet!  This is the ultra-rare version with a bottom left delete key.  Better scoop  it up.

LOL

It's still a good find, but the price is too high in it's present state.

I just thought it was funny that someone would refer to such a grimy keeb as "a dream to use". Maybe it's just as well we can't see the rest of their house, huh?
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F-XT Christmas edition!
« Reply #322 on: Thu, 06 December 2018, 01:27:28 »

Ladies 'n' gentlemen—the Model F-XT Christmas Edition!

IBM Keyboard P.N. 4584656














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Blue Cube bargain!
« Reply #323 on: Thu, 06 December 2018, 05:32:32 »
Also in time for the holidays—a terrific deal on one of those, like, $10 "blue cube" PS/2-to-USB converters!:


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« Reply #324 on: Thu, 06 December 2018, 13:17:52 »
Also in time for the holidays—a terrific deal on one of those, like, $10 "blue cube" PS/2-to-USB converters!:


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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #325 on: Thu, 06 December 2018, 13:23:43 »

the Model F-XT Christmas Edition!


Kudos to the seller for transparency and honesty. Also for fair pricing.

After Trump’s speech, Trump’s team sent out a mass email to his supporters (supposedly directly from Trump) soliciting half a million dollars in donations specifically for something named as the “Official Secure the Border Fund.”  The email asserted that the half a million needed to be raised in one day, and that there was a 9 PM Eastern “deadline" for the funds to be donated.  The email went on to say that Trump had directed his staff to bring him a list of “EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT” (all caps in the original, of course) who had donated.  (Never mind wondering how he would have time to read such a list after 9 pm, when his speech began.)
At the end of the email — my guess would be in smaller print — was a disclaimer that all donations would be given to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign fund.  That’s right — NOT to some alleged “Official Secure the Border Fund.”
After the speech, a second email went out to supporters who had not donated, asserting that when Trump reviewed the list of donations, “he noticed that your name was not on the list.”  (I kid you not.)  Therefore, the “deadline" was being extended so that the singled-out supporter could have a chance to donate to the “Official Secure the Border Fund" and get on the list.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #326 on: Thu, 06 December 2018, 13:47:09 »

the Model F-XT Christmas Edition!


Kudos to the seller for transparency and honesty. Also for fair pricing.

That XT could be a diamond in the rough. The corrosion on the plate can be addressed (sandblast/sand, primer, and paint) but the biggest unknown issue would be the condition of the springs. Some light surface rust is fine but if they are roached just replace them with Model M springs. This unit could be good if you wanted a project or wanted to experiment with further customizations, aka a resto-mod without destroying a prime specimen.
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« Reply #327 on: Sun, 09 December 2018, 02:27:00 »
You guys are braver than I am!
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #328 on: Tue, 18 December 2018, 21:04:06 »
...This is about the worst omnikey I have ever seen, wish they hadn't done this but they did.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Northgate-Omnikey-Ultra-Keyboard-Programmable-Clicky-White-Alps-Xwhatsit-Custom/183586246019


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« Reply #329 on: Tue, 18 December 2018, 23:59:28 »
...This is about the worst omnikey I have ever seen...

You probably had no way of knowing this, but these custom restores are done by a GH member who's a very talented and experienced guy. As for the esthetics, it's really just a matter of opinion—I happen to think they're quite cool. And if the original finish had become icky, why not redo it?
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #330 on: Wed, 19 December 2018, 02:49:21 »
I think that $310 was a bit too much.
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« Reply #331 on: Wed, 19 December 2018, 17:33:28 »
An "Ultra" can be ANSI-modded?

Holy mackerel that is a stunning revelation!
After Trump’s speech, Trump’s team sent out a mass email to his supporters (supposedly directly from Trump) soliciting half a million dollars in donations specifically for something named as the “Official Secure the Border Fund.”  The email asserted that the half a million needed to be raised in one day, and that there was a 9 PM Eastern “deadline" for the funds to be donated.  The email went on to say that Trump had directed his staff to bring him a list of “EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT” (all caps in the original, of course) who had donated.  (Never mind wondering how he would have time to read such a list after 9 pm, when his speech began.)
At the end of the email — my guess would be in smaller print — was a disclaimer that all donations would be given to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign fund.  That’s right — NOT to some alleged “Official Secure the Border Fund.”
After the speech, a second email went out to supporters who had not donated, asserting that when Trump reviewed the list of donations, “he noticed that your name was not on the list.”  (I kid you not.)  Therefore, the “deadline" was being extended so that the singled-out supporter could have a chance to donate to the “Official Secure the Border Fund" and get on the list.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #332 on: Wed, 19 December 2018, 17:49:26 »
...This is about the worst omnikey I have ever seen...

You probably had no way of knowing this, but these custom restores are done by a GH member who's a very talented and experienced guy. As for the esthetics, it's really just a matter of opinion—I happen to think they're quite cool. And if the original finish had become icky, why not redo it?

I think it's a great color choice. My only issue is the bottom case but that could be redone easy enough.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #333 on: Wed, 19 December 2018, 20:14:25 »
An "Ultra" can be ANSI-modded?

Holy mackerel that is a stunning revelation!


Hand-wired though.

You could probably ANSI-mod anything if you were prepared to hand-wire it or make your own PCB.
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #334 on: Fri, 21 December 2018, 05:01:26 »
I think that $310 was a bit too much.

I've seen clean Ultras go for up to $200. Considering this one isn't just clean but highly customized, some people may not see it as a stretch at all... Ultimately, though, the market determines what anything is "worth".
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IBM first aid kit!
« Reply #335 on: Sun, 23 December 2018, 04:36:31 »
IBM FIRST AID KIT 453693 for Model M 1392934 Keyboard SSK and 5150 computer


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It appears this actually is a legit IBM part number. However, I'm not sure what it'd be about SSKs that'd be particularly prone to cause injuries, or how you'd use the kit to treat finger cramps.
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$400 Selectric caps!
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Re: $400 Selectric caps!
« Reply #337 on: Wed, 26 December 2018, 17:20:38 »
Ultra rare blue IBM selectric keycaps for beamspring keyboards


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admittedly damaged keys from one of the most ubiquitous typewriters ever made? What a find!

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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #338 on: Thu, 27 December 2018, 20:53:56 »

Ultra rare blue IBM selectric keycaps for beamspring keyboards

admittedly damaged keys from one of the most ubiquitous typewriters ever made? What a find!

Yes it is! Each key is unique in its divots and dings. The endpapers are unusual (anyone recognize this quote? - come on admit it). I do find it interesting that when they made the Selectric, they recognized that people buying beam springs in the future,  for $1000+,  would want those keys!

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« Reply #339 on: Thu, 27 December 2018, 23:22:10 »
The way you put it, it all makes sense somehow. Maybe we need more coffee.
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Some keyboard, with or without all keys, may or may not work—just $169.95!
« Reply #340 on: Wed, 02 January 2019, 03:12:47 »
Hoo boy, I don't even know where to start with this one. :rolleyes:

MIXED Brand / Model Vintage Wired Mechanical Clicky Keyboard *AS IS*


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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #341 on: Fri, 04 January 2019, 21:03:26 »
Hoo boy, I don't even know where to start with this one.

Round and round she goes! You pick your number and  you take your chance!


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Excellent tactile replacement for IBM
« Reply #342 on: Sun, 06 January 2019, 02:18:13 »
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Refurbished Unicomp Classic 101, just $250!
« Reply #343 on: Tue, 08 January 2019, 21:35:08 »
Remanufactured by Unicomp IBM Model M 52G9658 Keyboard - November 1993


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Why pay $84 for a brand-new Unicomp Classic when you can get a refurbished one for $250? With bonus free plastic bag!
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #344 on: Wed, 09 January 2019, 06:35:36 »
"Remanufactured" as in "made", I guess.
<armin> i have the impression the only reason the mx red switch was invented was drunk people

       
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #345 on: Thu, 10 January 2019, 02:10:39 »
Now he needs to manufacture a buyer for it.  :?O
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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #346 on: Thu, 10 January 2019, 18:50:04 »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ketronics-Keyboard-1979-Check-out-the-Keyswitch/113539796109

I actually think it's an interesting old KeyTronic F&F.   But, doh! - broke the keycap pulling it for display!

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Re: Not-So-Great Finds
« Reply #347 on: Thu, 10 January 2019, 21:40:19 »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ketronics-Keyboard-1979-Check-out-the-Keyswitch/113539796109

I actually think it's an interesting old KeyTronic F&F.   But, doh! - broke the keycap pulling it for display!

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That seller is selling a lot of very interesting boards for little more than a song! I can't imagine most will stay so cheap.  :-X

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Trackball w/o trackball
« Reply #348 on: Sat, 12 January 2019, 05:35:36 »

VINTAGE IBM 92G7455 Model M5-2 Clicky Buckling Spring Trackball PS/2 Keyboard





I just thought it was funny—a "trackball" without, you know, a trackball.
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"Mint" IBM M13 (except it's dirty as hell)
« Reply #349 on: Sat, 12 January 2019, 08:09:47 »
It's interesting what some people consider "mint". (Be sure to zoom fully in to see what I'm talkin' about here.)

MINT Black IBM M13 13H6705 Mechanical Keyboard with Integrated Trackpoint PS/2


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