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07-4-2017 13:17:22  #11


Re: Using Craigslist

Seems very much alive here in the northeast U.S. The regions closest to me seem to always have 30-40 typewriters available at any time.

 

07-4-2017 14:08:59  #12


Re: Using Craigslist

I never heard back from the person selling the Corona 3, but got a nice Underwood 5.  Apparently it had been in his family since 1930.


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07-4-2017 18:01:43  #13


Re: Using Craigslist

colrehogan wrote:

Apparently it had been in his family since 1930.

I've never understood that. Why would someone part with a nice typewriter that has been already handed down from one generation to the next in their family for close to 90 years? Even if it doesn't get used such a model is a classic display piece. Maybe I'm just overly sentimental - or infinitely impractical. I've lost track of how many times that I've bought typewriters used by professional writers from their uninterested children (or grandchildren), and I've found something extremely sad about it every time.  


"To save time is to lengthen life."
 

08-4-2017 01:06:45  #14


Re: Using Craigslist

He said they were downsizing.  But I think he was happy to see that it was going to someone who would use and appreciate it.  I just didn't want a key chopper to get it. Plus, I didn't have any Underwood machines.


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08-4-2017 18:11:52  #15


Re: Using Craigslist

Yeah, I got the craigslist bug too.  I keep telling myself,  "enough, enough!."  But typewriters online  are hard to NOT look at.  (typewriter porn?    )   Lately the Oregon area has been flush this month.  And true to form, there is this one seller with an Olympia portable at a decent price who won't return emails.  I'm 2 hours away, when can we meet? No answer. The intriguing thing is the typewriter has a very odd character set; obviously foreign but I haven't figured it out yet.

 

08-4-2017 18:51:30  #16


Re: Using Craigslist

Among my Craigslist worries is becoming a hoarder. I like to think that I'm somewhat selective when it comes to old standard typewriters, but if you put something out there for $10, I'm probably going to jump at it, regardless of how bad of condition it is in, just to "save" it from a less noble end. I don't really have room for a whole lot of "parts" machines...

 

08-4-2017 19:17:17  #17


Re: Using Craigslist

Which makes me wonder: What are the Craigslist "hot spots" for typewriters?
I keep an eye out in the northeast through the upper midwest. For me: Chicago seems to have a lot of good typewriters relative to its size. Indiana, Ohio, downstate Illinois--not so much. Minneapolis and Madison, Wisconsin seem to have a great selection, relative to the size of their markets. YMMV. 

 

10-4-2017 14:54:54  #18


Re: Using Craigslist

Anywhere you have people who went to college (so had to type papers) and now work at white collar jobs -- the more affluent suburbs, in other words -- there will be a lot of typewriters. And there'll be more demand for them in college towns, where you have graduate students and others who write a lot.

 

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