Thursday, October 24, 2013

Would I Buy From A Keychopper?

Here's a sticky one. I found this auction on eBay.


In the description, the seller admits to being an ardent keychopper. At first I was tempted to bid on this gorgeous machine.  But my conscience got the better of me and put a stop to my bid.

Now I'm sort of second guessing that move.  I mean, I don't shop at Walmart because I don't like their business practices. But this is just one guy making a little money on eBay. Does it matter if he blatantly disregards things I admire?

I probably won't bid. It's pretty pricey and I try to avoid having machines shipped anyway. But I'm still not sure where I fall on this one.

PS - I want to know which of you spent over $400 on that Vogue machine that just sold.

15 comments:

  1. It if were a Royal Vogue, I would bid on the Devil's auctions. :D

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  2. I saw this auction too! The yellow is dazzling (but is it tweaked in Photoshop?). And I, too, cringed when I read the seller's self-description. At least he/she didn't chop up this buttery beauty.

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  3. Thanks for calling me on my sexism, Richard. I guess I picture all keychoppers as mustachioed villains in a Victorian melodrama.

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  4. Our Canberra keychopper is female. She is no less a villain for that.

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  5. I say rescue the Vogue machine. That sounds noble. It's really about the Vogue and it is gorgeous.

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    1. I don't think the one in my post is Vogue. I was referring to an auction that ended a few hours ago in my Post Script.

      If this was a Vogue, I think I would have been in the same boat as Ted.

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    2. Seller posted new pics and a typesample. Looks like Pica and a normal keyboard despite her claims that it belonged to a pharmacist.

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  6. EDIT - Fixed the link in the post

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  7. I've always thought of keychoppers as women because they were the ones with the bracelets and stuff... The only one I've actually purchased a machine from, though, was male.

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    1. It's funny - I used to make custom jewelry and I still have contact with people in the field. I've never known any of them to use chopped keys. I've also never seen someone wearing a piece made from keys. I'm thinking there are a whole lot of "crafters" buying these things to glue to projects or string together as hobby jewelry. VanSlatt's keyboards are the only worthwhile use I've seen for chopped keys.

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  8. I would deal with a keychopper if it meant rescuing a machine from having its keys removed, as I have seen some sellers willing to sell the entire machine or just the keys, as long as the buyer pays for shipping.
    Full disclosure- I have bought keys for the purpose of replacing water-damaged/faded ones on one of my own machines. I have no problem dealing with a keychopper as long as I'm preventing the chopped keys from becoming stupid jewelry.

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  9. I would buy a machine that interested me from a keychopper. That would cheat them out of their destruction and save a worthwhile typewriter. The one or two keychoppers I have contacted on Ebay about machines were selling the keys because they did not want to be bothered with shipping a typewriter. They refused to even consider so I did not bid on their machines. That will not stop me in the future. What I would not bid on is an auction knowingly displaying a machine photo used somewhere else by the original seller or a stock photo, if the price and or shipping was too much. Then there are others who would pay more. After all that is why it is an auction.

    $400. That is way over my budget even for Vogue or Hermes Epoca.

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