[GB] Alps SKCL Switches (Round 2)

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This group buy ended on 07 May 2018. At this point, all but four of the buyers have paid and subsequently had their items shipped. At this time I do not plan on running additional rounds, though you can contact me directly if you have an order request.

Extras:
Extras will be available for purchase probably next week. There are an estimated 200 Alps SKCL Yellow left and approximately 400 Alps clones available. Extras will cost $0.45/each (Alps SKCL Yellow) or $0.20/each (Alps Clone).

Current status of Round 2:
1. Buy-in phase.
2. Payment collected.
3. Payment sent to seller.
4. Shipping to me.
6. Sorting and packaging.
7. Invoicing.
8. Shipping to each buyer individually.

9. Complete!


Round 2:

+------------------+-----------+------------+
| User | Alps SKCL | Alps Clone |
+------------------+-----------+------------+
| Abstractions | 120 | 20 |
| Apotheka | 170 | 0 |
| applehugger | 150 | 20 |
| Bass | 90 | 0 |
| Blaise170 | 0 | 500 |
| bujorc | 250 | 120 |
| codemonkeymike | 120 | 0 |
| deadmoose | 100 | 0 |
| Depeche | 150 | 0 |
| Engicoder | 200 | 0 |
| FeelgHoodMuzik | 312 | 0 |
| Frostbyte-gaming | 130 | 0 |
| Gamuholic | 250 | 0 |
| Haaaaaandrew | 140 | 0 |
| hanonator | 200 | 0 |
| idlethock | 100 | 0 |
| jbondeson | 200 | 0 |
| Lbibass | 130 | 0 |
| livingspeedbump | 90 | 90 |
| mog_genius88 | 70 | 0 |
| mustcode | 150 | 0 |
| Nuum | 100 | 0 |
| nzhoward | 90 | 0 |
| pansku | 200 | 0 |
| Pluto | 70 | 0 |
| pyrelink | 120 | 10 |
| reececonrad | 120 | 0 |
| seebart | 120 | 0 |
| Snappo | 200 | 0 |
| Strg-F17 | 120 | 0 |
| superdeluxe | 250 | 0 |
| tron | 140 | 0 |
| Vewy_nice | 150 | 50 |
| waldorf120 | 256 | 200 |
| Xerpocalypse | 70 | 0 |
+------------------+-----------+------------+
| Total | 5128 | 1010 |
+------------------+-----------+------------+
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Since I have paid, am I in the group buy now?
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green-squid wrote:Since I have paid, am I in the group buy now?

Yes. ;)
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Blaise170 wrote:
green-squid wrote:Since I have paid, am I in the group buy now?

Yes. ;)

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Interesting in another run, I didn't know about it until now I totally would have ordered a few.
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I guess they are SKCL yellow, based on the photo that does not show LED electrode holes at switch bottom.
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Typically linear Alps switches do not have the LED holes unless it already has an LED installed. However, it is simple to poke holes in the bottom of the switch to install an LED, which I've done on several occasions to replace a failed LED switch.
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Switches are still in shipping, looks like they should arrive at the Chinese destination in a few days. At that point they will be shipped to me in the US and we will be able to move forward.
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I'd also be in for a second buy. Also didn't see this until right now.
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Still waiting on the last part of the order before I can get them to the US. Unfortunately there will be an additional delay of 3 days for the 清明节 (Qingming Jie) holiday, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day.

Bonus: Here is a link the original 12th century tapestry depicting the festival (very large file).

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blaise, have the Alps switches arrived yet (as the first part of the orders)? Are they Yellow or Cream? Are they good?
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In order to keep shipping costs as low as possible I am shipping everything together to my location. Until the last few switches trickle in, it's just a matter of waiting.
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I did order extras, but I'll check to ensure that everyone gets their order and keep some for myself before reselling any of the rest.
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I ordered some separately. These do not look like SKCL yellow. SKCL yellow are slightly transparent, these don't look like that. I could be wrong of course, and maybe I won't even like the waiting. But NOS Alps at nothing apiece, can't pass up the opportunity :D .
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Yeah I'm not sure what they are either. The picture leaves a lot to be desired, but they seem to be legitimate Alps either way.
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a friend of mine ordered these awhile back, I'll see if I can dig up some pics.
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Wait, these were NOS? Real shame that I had missed this GB :( If there are many extras I'd be interested in ~70pcs.
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My order arrived today. They are ALPS linear yellow switches(SKCLFQ).
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The seller also have the other two kinds of Fuhua ALPS switches, Yellow(soft linear) and Black(tactile). But they are all later simplified version.
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Doctor Click, do these yellow switches feel good? I haven't tried them.
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If it's anything like the Yellows I have, they are really good. They are heavier than SKCL Greens but otherwise pretty similar.
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green-squid wrote:Doctor Click, do these yellow switches feel good? I haven't tried them.

pretty good, very smooth. :D
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Drclick wrote:My order arrived today. They are ALPS linear yellow switches(SKCLFQ).

SKCLAR. The series is structured:

SKCLAx: Momentary linear, no LED
SKCLFx: Momentary linear, factory-fitted LED
SKCLJx: Alternate action
SKCLKx: Double action
SKCMAx: Momentary tactile
SKCMBx: Momentary tactile, damped

SK__Fx seems to denote factory-fitted LEDs, as the same A/F scheme applies to SKFR as well. As more model and part numbers are found, we may see if the pattern applies in wholesale or only in part to other series (SKFF, SKFL etc).
Drclick wrote:The seller also have the other two kinds of Fuhua ALPS switches, Yellow(soft linear) and Black(tactile). But they are all later simplified version.

Wow! The two main simplified types left that I need to collect. Thanks for the heads-up! Also, SKBL yellow linear was not proven (mine are black), but now I can finally have some. (The other one would be black clicky, but with-LED may also have existed at some stage.)
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Do you have Tai Hao blue and green Alps-mount by the way? Also found those online.
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Daniel Beardsmore wrote:Wow! The two main simplified types left that I need to collect. Thanks for the heads-up! Also, SKBL yellow linear was not proven (mine are black), but now I can finally have some. (The other one would be black clicky, but with-LED may also have existed at some stage.)

Yes, it's clicky and the voice is too soft. :lol:
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Blaise170 wrote:Do you have Tai Hao blue and green Alps-mount by the way? Also found those online.

Yes. The type I need is white clicky, and I ordered the last ones from Mechanical Keyboards, but it got lost in the post. I can't reorder, as there is no more stock and they are no longer manufactured.
Drclick wrote:Yes, it's clicky and the voice is too soft. :lol:

Huh?

I see that on TaoBao there are also tactile yellow complicated Alps switches. I’d say that they’re meant to be cream or something, but I see that even the photos in this thread show the linear ones to be a really pale yellow.

Typically for China, I can’t figure out what each page offers, as there are two listings for black SKBM, one for tactile complicated yellow, and one for SKBL yellow that also includes a picture of tactile yellow! I guess I'll have to order a load of each and see what on earth I end up with. (Google helpfully informs me that they stock small turtles, though.)

On some related site there's also Alps (not Forward) SKBM Grey, but those are not on TaoBao.
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The seller of the blue and green Tai Hao also has white. Which site is it? It might be Alibaba owned even if it isn't TaoBao proper (e.g. Aliexpress, tmall, etc.)
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The white you're seeing is linear, not clicky. It's the three types Tai-Hao currently offer.
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Daniel Beardsmore wrote:On some related site there's also Alps (not Forward) SKBM Grey, but those are not on TaoBao.

That's the same seller (1688 and taobao). I asked him but the Alps Grey is out of stock.
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Drclick wrote:
Daniel Beardsmore wrote:On some related site there's also Alps (not Forward) SKBM Grey, but those are not on TaoBao.

That's the same seller (1688 and taobao). I asked him but the Alps Grey is out of stock.

does he have any other types of NOS Alps? 8-)
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