Ebay: "new" 029 Keypunch

Jules Richardson jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 31 14:18:40 CST 2008

William Donzelli wrote:
>>  Vintage availability always varies by area - I've seen precisely nothing up
>> here, although doubtless a few odds and ends exist down in Minneapolis (but
>> that's still a 10 hour round-trip for me, so I can't easily find things and
>> just hop in a vehicle to go get them).
> Some of us, however, can do a 10 hour round trip on the drop of a hat
> to go fetch something.

Actually, I did used to make trips like that back in England once in a while - 
but then I had a nice network of old friends to bump into along the way. Over 
here, where the only folk I know are local, it's hard to justify the cost 
involved to do a huge trip unless it's something really special.

> Find some middle ground - I have found that quite a few sources are
> willing to hold onto some goodie for a short amount of time, as they
> often realize all too well that *their* family and work obligations
> often get in *their* way of having fun.

Yeah, that does work sometimes. But (e.g.) freecycle lists can be good in some 
places, but typical freecyclers offer stuff because they want it gone ASAP so 
can be reluctant to give things to those who can only pick up in a 

(As I've said before, I have space here in the middle of MN for anyone needing 
a temporary storage home for things - but it's sufficiently out of normal 
trade routes to be of much use, I suspect)

>>  :-) The second route seems to find more obscure stuff (as well as 'common'
>> items) and typically for free or beer money - but it's a lot of work to get
>> yourself established as a collector of ${foo} and then to actively seek out
>> items. The old time vs. money equation, I guess.
> Basically, yes.

I did find that once established in a particular area, things would tend to 
fall into my lap as word spread, though. But it's hard work to get to that point.

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