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  • How to Buy Typewriters Ridiculously Cheap – Typewriter Review

    In last week’s post, I reviewed local options for getting your hands on a typewriter. If none of these panned out, it’s time to mine the motherlode! This is where it can get overwhelming. But with a few buying tips, hopefully you’ll avoid the clunkers and come away with a good deal.

    If saving money is not your concern and you just want a working machine, at the end of this post I’ve listed a few dealers who specialize in refurbished typewriters. But expect to spend upwards of $600 or more. This might seem high if you’re a first timer on a typewriter and not even sure you’ll use the thing!

    However, some would say you’ll save money in the long-term by spending more money now to get something that’s guaranteed to work.

    My advice to first timers: check out eBay or Etsy, set your budget for under $200, find a reputable seller and you might be surprised with a decent machine. It won’t be fully refurbished and might have some issues, but it’ll get the job done.

    While eBay has a huge selection, there’s also tons of junk that it’s often difficult to parse a listing description and the photos don’t always give a true picture of the machine. (Heck, sometimes you’ll be lucky to get something that isn’t blurry!) Moreover, the seller may know squat about typewriters and won’t have a clue if it works.

    A typewriter with problems creates another source of distractions. Sometimes quirky problems can be OK, as long as they don’t get in the way of writing. A quirky machine may have endearing qualities that overcome its issues.

    But your failsafe with eBay is the buyer’s guarantee.

    Buyer’s Guarantee

    If a seller claims the typewriter “works” or uses language that leads you to believe that you’re buying a “working” typewriter and it ends up not working, you can invoke the eBay buyer’s guarantee and get your money refunded. Including all shipping costs!

    This has saved me quite a few times. Send a message to the seller, saying the typewriter doesn’t work, explaining what’s wrong, and according to the eBay buyer’s guarantee, you’d like your money refunded including all shipping costs. When this has happened to me, the sellers have gladly issued a refund, plus they’ve told me to keep the machine. They know they have a lemon and don’t want to spend more money to ship it back, knowing they won’t be able to sell it again unless they fix it.

    Work with sellers that have an investment in their reputation. These sellers often have multiple listings and a history of positive reviews. They’re more likely to respond positively to issues and resolve them quickly. They understand the eBay buyer’s guarantee and know that any negative reviews can have a significant impact on their sales. Moreover, eBay offers perks to sellers for maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. 

    However, be careful with the buyer’s guarantee, it doesn’t cover a return if the keys are sluggish, the carriage doesn’t move smoothly or the margin bell is hard to hear, or other subtle issues. And it certainly won’t cover a return if you don’t like the feel of the typewriter. 

    But, if the seller offers a 14-day return, and you don’t mind eating the shipping costs, you can return a typewriter that you don’t like. But the shipping costs may add up to as much as the typewriter! In the end, it’s always good to confirm that it works, and that they’ve tested all the keys. Again, a working typewriter might still have sluggish keys, or sticking keys. But not to worry! This might be an easy fix. More on maintenance later.

    How to Sell Your Typewriter

    And if you really don’t like it, you can always re-sell it on eBay for what you paid. Keep the original box and you’re good to go! eBay selling is easier than you think. If you’re patient, offer it at a fixed price, that way you’ll get what you put into it. The key to selling are good photos and an honest assessment. Let me stress, GOOD photos. No blurry. No dark. Natural lighting.

    Packing and Shipping

    Now that you’ve found the typewriter of your dreams, the next step is to communicate with the seller about how they’re going to pack your typewriter.

    I usually send this friendly note:

    Hi, I’m sure you’ll be doing an excellent job packing this typewriter.

    Here’s a few tips I’ve learned along the way —

    Use a large enough box so there’s 4 inches of space around the typewriter, which will allow extra padding — crushed papers, bubble wrap, peanuts — all good stuffing material.

    Fill the inside of the case with with stuffing material as well. This will make sure nothing moves around.

    Just want to make sure we’re both happy with this transaction — and I’ll be sure to sing your praises in the feedback section! smile.

    Thanks!

    Buy  it Now

    eBay has two listing formats, Buy it Now or Auction. If you’re new at buying a typewriter, Buy it Now is usually your best option. In the list of Top 10 Writerly Typewriters, find the price range of the model you want, then limit your search in eBay to Buy it Now listings. Then it’s just a matter of selecting your typewriter based on its images and listing details. Again, go with experienced sellers that indicate a tested and working typewriter. If they don’t include an image of a typed sample, ask for one. This also tells them that they should test it if they haven’t done so already. Plus, it gives you an indication of the type style and size.

    Auctions

    If you’d like to snag a machine on the cheap, check out the eBay auctions. eBay encourages sellers to use the auction format. It’s also good for sellers who want a quick sale, especially if they’ve set a low starting bid. Auction listings have a fixed duration, and usually last for 5 or 7 days. At the end of the auction, the item will sell and they’ll get paid.

    You can use this to your advantage in finding bargains.

    The strategy for nabbing killer deals is called, “sniping.” Add the typewriter to your watch list without entering a bid. You’ll wait until the last seconds are ticking down, then enter a bid for the maximum amount you’d be willing to spend if you found it in a Buy it Now listing. Again, use the Top 10 list price guide to help with your maximum bid.

    By “sniping” it at the last second, you’ll throw off other bidders who don’t have the guts to bid high and are hoping their low-ball bid will win the day. Don’t be meek. Be bold in your bid and you will be rewarded by getting the typewriter at a low price.

    Just because you entered a high bid, doesn’t mean you’ll be buying it at this price. eBay bases the winning bid on the next incremental amount over the last highest accepted bid entered.

    How Sniping Works

    For example, if the bid increments are at $1.50 and the current highest bid that’s been accepted is $30, when you enter your bid of $100 in the closing seconds and nobody is higher than you, you’ll get the typewriter for $31.50. Those with bids in the system, will get notified they’ve been outbid, and since there’s only seconds remaining, chances are they won’t have the fortitude to go high. They’ll get nervous and bail. And if somebody outbids your $100 and wins the auction, all the better for them, you’ve dodged a bullet and can now look for the next bargain.

    Proxy Bidding

    Sniping works if somebody hasn’t entered a high bid early and is using eBay’s proxy bidding. Proxy bidding is eBay’s automated system that will bid and counter-bid on your behalf up to your maximum bid amount. When you find a typewriter you’d like to bid on, enter the highest amount you’ll go. eBay’s proxy system will automatically take it from there. Again, you won’t necessarily end up paying your maximum bid. It all depends on the competing bids. Some people like this method because they don’t need to worry about last second sniping. However, by using this method, you’ll alert other interested buyers of your intentions and a bidding war may ensue. This means you’ll probably end up paying more than if you employed sniping.

    The downside to sniping is that you need to be connected to eBay when the auction closes. If you have a smartphone, get the eBay app. If you’ve added the typewriter to your watch list, you’ll get an alert on your phone 15 minutes before the auction ends. Then using the same app, enter your bid at the closing seconds. I recommend 10 seconds just to give you some wiggle room, but not enough time for others to counter-bid. Just make sure your cellular data is good or you’re in good WiFi. If I’m at home, I usually ditch the phone and go to the computer to make sure my bid gets entered. Even then I get nervous fingers. It can be a harrowing experience! The thrill of the bid! The ticking time bomb. Are you going to win or lose?

    Automated Sniping

    If you don’t like the excitement of the closing seconds, there are sniping services that will do the dirty work for you. Some are free, while others charge a small fee. However, in order to do their job, they’ll need your eBay username and password. I’ve used these services and they work. But I like the control and the excitement of doing it myself. Plus, I’m leery about giving a third-party access to an account that is my responsibility. When I’ve used a sniper service, I’ve established another eBay account under an assumed name, registered to an email account that I don’t use everyday. And it’s definitely not linked to my PayPal account. Even after a successful snipe I change the password. Just call me paranoid. If you decide to setup another eBay account for sniping, make sure it has valid Ship To information in your profile. If the sniper service bids on your behalf and eBay doesn’t have a valid Ship To, the bid will be rejected.

    Goodwill runs an eBay-like service called ShopGoodwill. While it looks like some really good deals, in my experience there’s also many non-functioning machines. Great if you know how to fix, not so good otherwise. While I’m sure Goodwill employees are hardworking and honest, they probably don’t have the time or knowledge to test the typewriter. They make no claims otherwise. Just because the picture looks pretty, doesn’t mean the the escapement mechanism is out of whack. Again, it’s an untested machine and they will not test it for you. Caveat Emptor. Not recommended for first time typewriter buyers.

    If you don’t like the rough-and-tumble world of eBay or the Goodwill junkyard, Etsy provides a curated experience from sellers who’ve made an investment in their time by setting up a “shop. ” This is where I prefer to sell typewriters. It’s more professional and allows sellers to customize their shop and tell their story.

    Most sellers on Etsy appear to know something about the typewriters they’re selling and are probably offering a working machine. But despite the best efforts in testing the machine, it appears Etsy does not offer the same generous buyer’s guarantee as eBay. However, the seller’s I reviewed seemed up-front if the machine had issues.

    Many typewriters are sold by vintage shops who deal in lots of items. As such, they may not be versed in the operation of a typewriter. If the listing is short on details, or their credentials aren’t up to snuff, send them the typewriter evaluation checklist. Start a conversation! They might appreciate being educated on how to test their typewriter and will give you an honest assessment.

    Etsy also has international sellers. Many “exotic” typewriters can be found in Europe. However, the shipping costs and waiting time might be too high and put them out of your budget. Moreover, many of the German-made machines will have the QWERTZ keyboard layout. While not a show stopper, sometimes the right machine will take a bit of re-programming your fingers. But if you’re new to using a typewriter, stick with the familiar QWERTY. Then once your fancy is tickled, venture abroad and have an affair to remember! Read about my time with Erika.

    Typewriter Dealers

    I don’t have any experience with purchasing a refurbished typewriter, so unfortunately can’t offer any feedback on their methods, what guarantees they offer or their return policy. However, I would encourage you to ask about how they’ve “reconditioned” the platen and feed rollers. A well oiled machine is nice, but a new platen is even nicer!

    • Bremerton Office Machine Company
    • Karl Business Machine
    • MrTypewriter
    • MyTypewriter
    • Vintage Typewriter Shoppe

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    Brother from Nagoya: cheap but not cheerful

    Brother Industries showroom, Japan, Nagoya, 1960s.
    Photo: www.brother.com

    In 1954, inexpensive Brother knitting machines appeared on the US market. They were produced at a Japanese clothing factory in Nagoya. And, we can assume that from that moment the victorious march of the “brotherly” brand began on all continents. The model turned out to be successful because it was cheaper than similar models and comparable in quality.

    Brother Deluxe typewriter, 1966

    The original Japanese Brother typewriter was designed by engineer Akio Kondo and first rolled off the assembly line in 1961. Identical in mechanics, it was produced in six different cases. One of the versions was Brother Deluxe.
    The “luxury” version turned out, in my opinion, the most interesting, and I have been looking for this sample for my collection for a long time.

    By the way, for marketing reasons, Brother typewriters are often called differently, even if it is the same model: Brother Valiant, Bradford, Wizard Truetype or Brother Deluxe. However, they may differ slightly from each other. For example, the very first typewriters were produced with a wire support for paper, and later a folding music stand appeared.

    Brother Valiant (1961)
    Mark Adams — The Typewriter Database

    Japanese industrial design at the time of the release of this typewriter had just begun to look for original forms and so far focused on trends already known in the West. In addition, 90 percent of the cars produced by the Japanese were exported. However, soon the designers of the Land of the Rising Sun will dictate fashion in artistic design as well, which can be seen in the future forms of Brother typewriters, which have been embodied in several dozen models – sometimes too minimalistic, sometimes ultra-modern, robotic.

    The first models produced at the Nagoya factory, according to TWDB

    claims to bold and flashy design.
    Brother typewriters were a huge success in the market and forced American industry giants such as Remington, Royal and Smith Corona Marchant to move their factories to Europe in the 1960s, where they made machines. (that is, the labor of workers) was cheaper.
    Brother Industries produced mechanical typewriters until 1986. It is known that by 1980 the factory produced 10 million pieces, as evidenced by a special label on later machines. No other factory could boast of such volumes. The cars were exported to 110 countries, but the United States remained the main buyer.

    In the USSR, Brother machines were supplied in small quantities. It had its own laws and contracts, and the factory did not seek to win competition in a country with a planned economy. Although after the signing of the Soviet-Japanese Declaration in 19In 1956, economic cooperation between the two countries developed noticeably, especially coastal trade, which is why even today Brother typewriters in Cyrillic are easier to find in the Far East than, say, in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

    The mechanics of Brother typewriters are unusually simple, if not primitive: a key lever, a leash, a type lever – and here you have the whole system. But they are light and easy to carry around and really great for home use.

    Brother Deluxe Typewriter Case

    By the way, after the Japanese entered the typewriter industry, with rare exceptions, the sophistication of the mechanics in the typewriter became a thing of the past. Direct-printing devices became very simple and unsophisticated, usually in a plastic case. However, it was not the Japanese who were “to blame” for this. The market demanded it.

    05/12/2019

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    Triumph Typewriter

    First manufacturer: Deutsche Triumph Fahrradwerke AG, Germany, Nuremberg
    Start of production: 1909
    Triumph typewriter company was originally a subsidiary of Triumph Cycle-Company Ltd., which was founded in 1887 in England by Siegfried Bettmann, a native of Nuremberg. The company produced bicycles, motorcycles, and later cars.

    In 1896, the German subsidiary of Deutsche Triumph Fahrradwerke AG was opened in Nuremberg. In 1909, the company began the production of typewriters on the basis of an existing enterprise. Siegfried Bettmann bought the company Nürnberger Schreibmaschinen-Werke Kührt and Riegelman GmbH, which was founded in 1907, produced Norica typewriters, but failed in the market and went bankrupt.

    Deutsche Triumph Fahrradwerke AG continued with the production of the Norica typewriters, but also released the new Triumph model, which hit the market in 1910 year. It was designed by German engineer Paul Grützmann, already known for his other development – the Stoewer typewriter.

    The Triumph stationery typewriter is one of the highest quality technical devices. The model is the most classic: with a four-row keyboard, 44 keys, capable of reproducing 86 characters, with two registers, the ability to print in two colors – black and red. Switching the direction of the coils is not yet automated and remains manual.
    In 1911, the company was renamed Triumph-Werke Nürnberg AG, and two years later became an independent company and seceded from Triumph Cycle-Company Ltd. This year saw the release of the new Triumph 2 (with column) and 2a (with decimal tab). Six variations of this model were produced, which differed from each other in the size of the carriage.

    The First World War forced the company’s capacities to be converted for military needs, while the production of typewriters did not stop. After the war, the company constantly increased production volumes. K 19In 21, it produced 3,000 typewriters a year.

    In 1927, a new stationery model Triumph 10 was released. The typewriter differs from previous developments in an easier key travel, automatic switching of the direction of the coils is installed. The machine can be fitted with one of seven carriages, varying in width from 24 cm to 78 cm. It has 4 rows of keys, two registers, is able to print 86 characters, automatically switch the direction of the coils, change the color of printing. This model meets all the standards and requirements that could be presented to small cars for home use. At the same time, the company launched the production of cheaper models due to the exclusion of optional functions.

    In 1930, Triumph-Werke and another German manufacturer from Frankfurt am Main, Adler, began to develop joint projects in order to stay on the market. The collaboration between the two firms began after the economic crisis of 1929, which is why so many machines of both brands are often very similar or even identical (for example, some machines produced at the Triumph-Werke factory were produced under the Adler brand, for example, the Triumph 10 stationery machine was sold as the Adler 31 ).
    In 1930, the Triumph-Werke plant produced the first simplified stationery model Triumph Simplex: it cannot print in two colors, there is no column or tabulator. Such a machine cost 50 marks cheaper (against 400 marks for the Triumph 10), while not inferior in reliability to previous models.

    The Triumph Durabel portable machine is also made in a simplified configuration – without color switching and tabulation function. Its release began in 1933. The Triumph Perfekt machine, on the contrary, is equipped with the maximum number of options, this has been produced since 1934 years.

    The first model portables – with standard features – are now called Triumph Norm and are included in the triumvirate of models along with Durabel and Perfekt.

    The last typewriter produced by Triumph-Werke before World War II is the Triumph 12 stationery model. and thus only the upper marks of the pads hit the printing area of ​​the shaft during operation, while on other types of typewriters, the carriage rises instead.

    During the Second World War, Triumph-Werke switched to armaments. The mass production of typewriters was discontinued in 1942. The following year, the plant was seriously damaged by bombing, but the enterprise did not stop work. In the last days of the war, workers refused orders to destroy all production and equipment before the arrival of American troops. Already in May 1945, the plant was able to continue working, and the following year, the production of Triumph 12 typewriters was resumed.
    Triumph Standard 14 is the first post-war novelty made by Triumph-Werke, launched in 1948.
    In 1950, a brand new Triumph Matura office model rolled off the assembly line, advertising posters stressed that unsurpassed quality and original design made this model the “queen of typewriters”.
    In 1956, the first Triumph Matura Electric was developed. At the Hanover Stationery Fair the following year, when the new model was presented to the general public, Triumph-Werke announced that it could electrify the work of every secretary.
    At the end of 1957, the founder of the German radio electronics concern, Max Grundig, acquired a controlling stake in Triumph-Werke and also bought a minority stake in the Adler company in Frankfurt. Thus, history again connected the fate of two enterprises that had already had to cooperate before the Second World War. In 1958, both companies began the integration process, they specialized only in the production of office equipment (up to that time, both companies also produced bicycles, mopeds and cars). K 19In 68, Adler finally merged with Triumph-Werke. Having united, the new corporation became known as Triumph-Adler. It soon became one of the world’s largest leaders in the production of office devices. The Gabriele branded typewriters, named after Grundig’s granddaughter, become another iconic brand.
    At the end of 1968, Max Grundig sold Triumph-Adler AG to the even larger American corporation Litton Industries, which already owned the rights to manufacture the legendary Royal and Imperial machines.