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Type Talk » New Member Thread » 20-10-2021 08:54:25

Uwe
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Typewriter manufacturers actually still exist, albeit not to the standards that existed when a typewriter was the typical household printer. And although you can still buy new machines, few here will tell you that they are a good investment.

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 19-10-2021 14:30:09

Uwe
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Welcome to the forum, George!
And a belated welcome to dragon typer and Matt!
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Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 15-10-2021 14:14:56

Uwe
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I really like the Super-Riter. Remington plastic control knobs are notorious for falling off, but as you alluded to this model uses metal ones, which I've found don't tend to go missing as often. Anodized aluminum might add some pop to the office machine's dour colourway...

Type Talk » Tips on a tarting a typewriter repair shop » 14-10-2021 15:32:28

Uwe
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You would have to live in a major city to even consider it as a full-time business, but even then I highly doubt you would find enough work to keep a brick and mortar operation afloat. In my experience very few people are actually willing to pay someone to repair their typewriter; like so many trades in the internet-era, typewriter technicians (professional, factory-trained) are now undervalued because everyone thinks they can become an expert by watching a few YouTube videos.

Finally (please don't take this as an insult), are you actually qualified to repair typewriters? Do you own all of the specialty tools that you'll need? Are you suitably connected to source parts or fabricate replacements that aren't available? Most collectors and enthusiasts can perform simple repairs, but I'm willing to bet that a substantial number of the jobs you would get would be from those who had already tried to fix their machines on their own - and horribly botched it.

Portable Typewriters » Crazy Happenings over on Shop Goodwill... » 08-10-2021 13:10:51

Uwe
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Phil_F_NM wrote:

...aannnnd it was just relisted.

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If I was running these auctions I'd set things up so that bids were actually binding. It sucks that a charity such as Goodwill has to waste its time with immature fools who have nothing better to do than commit acts of virtual vandalism.

Portable Typewriters » Crazy Happenings over on Shop Goodwill... » 01-10-2021 10:40:43

Uwe
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If Phil's theory is correct, I can't imagine someone's motivation for sabotaging an auction - unless I suppose they had an axe to grind with Goodwill. I'd love to know if this typewriter does in fact get relisted. Goodwill no longer exists in Canada - it went bankrupt years ago - so I don't follow its auctions as many locations don't offer international shipping. In fact, I don't follow any online listings anymore; people are paying far too much now for typewriters and the more sensible prices are more easily found locally. 

Portable Typewriters » Crazy Happenings over on Shop Goodwill... » 30-9-2021 17:38:53

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Have people lost their minds - completely? Insanity bidding was already reached at $225, and yet there were at least six people happy to spend more than that. There were at least two who would have forked over $1k+, and another two who went over $4k.  

What's so special about the machine? Wide carriage? Who cares. Script typeface? Again, who cares; that would reduce its value for me. There's nothing that I can see that would justify that selling price other than who the machine might have belonged to, but there's nothing about its provenance in the info section. 

Imagine spending $4.2k on a Torpedo. For that money I could easily buy 100 different typewriters, and plenty of them would include wide carriages and script typefaces.

I wonder what the wunderkid who bought the machine would spend on a truly rare or remarkable typewriter? Perhaps he would like to buy my collection? At those prices I would be able to put an Audi R8 in my garage.

All kidding aside, there HAS to be some mistake here... on an important piece of information that I've overlooked.

Type Talk » Typewriter Talk Forum Rules » 24-9-2021 15:29:37

Uwe
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Hi, P.  Welcome to the forum.
Please post your repair related questions in the Maintenance & Repairs sub-forum as this thread is for forum rules. Thanks. (I'll delete your post from here once you've had a chance to copy and paste the text).

Type Talk » Typewriter Data Base issue » 20-9-2021 11:25:29

Uwe
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I had to do an online search for "ATT email" because I didn't know what that meant. I'm assuming that it's an AT&T email address?

It's possible that Ted is just busy and doesn't have time to screen applicants on a daily basis. It's also likely that he manually verifies applicants just like I do for this forum. And just like here, he probably gets dozens of spam/scam applicants every day.

You said that you made three attempts to register; how far apart were those attempts spread out? Applications in rapid succession are often a red flag, but there are a number of reasons why you haven't been able to register, and many of them can have to do with your user name/email address appearing suspicious. I would try again using a different email address.

It's an unfortunate reality of online life that the scum of the world have made things very difficult for those who run websites and forums. I have to filter through upwards of twenty applicants a day here and verify if they are legit, or just some loser who wants to ruin things for everyone else. Around 99 percent of those who register here are scammers/spammers of some kind, and although I try to be as thorough as possible about it, it is possible that over the years I have erroneously denied a few legitimate people because of suspicious user names or email addresses. 

Standard Typewriters » SG-3 Line lock? » 25-8-2021 09:36:06

Uwe
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Dragon Typer, your point was well made and understood, thank you. However, in my defense I didn't actually accuse you of anything, nor did I assume that you blindly put your faith in an internet expert. I openly wondered what the situation was - nothing more - and I wasn't making any judgements about you.

Had you stated in your original post that you were speaking with the owner of a "brick and mortar typewriter" shop who has been in business for over 40 years, I wouldn't have wondered anything about who believed the SG-3 lacked a right margin stop. And I would have agreed with you that he had just made an uncharacteristic mistake.

To add more context to all of this, your sourcing of information about the Olympia is in my experience atypical; the more common thing that I come across is typewriter enthusiasts who get their information from authoritative-sounding bloggers, who themselves are examples of Alexander Pope's "a little learning is a dang'rous thing."

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