Great/Interesting Finds

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ddrfraser1

22 Feb 2021, 15:36

Ortek MCK-84. Probably has clones but still...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/333897393767?ul_noapp=true

Edit: Wiki says Alps SKBM White

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ekeppel

22 Feb 2021, 17:31

IBM 5155 w/keyboard Pickup Only MA, USA $150
https://www.ebay.com/itm/274693125195

For anyone in the Massachusetts area, this seems like a decent deal. Seller might be willing to just sell the keyboard given that the rest of it is not currently working. Likely a simple fix from the description of the fault.

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ddrfraser1

22 Feb 2021, 22:10

ekeppel wrote:
22 Feb 2021, 17:31
IBM 5155 w/keyboard Pickup Only MA, USA $150
https://www.ebay.com/itm/274693125195

For anyone in the Massachusetts area, this seems like a decent deal. Seller might be willing to just sell the keyboard given that the rest of it is not currently working. Likely a simple fix from the description of the fault.
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hellothere

23 Feb 2021, 00:25

TNT wrote:
22 Feb 2021, 02:52
Escom branded FK-3002: https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anz ... 9-225-3192
35 Euro, ATM. That's decent.

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hellothere

23 Feb 2021, 00:31

ddrfraser1 wrote:
22 Feb 2021, 15:36
Ortek MCK-84. Probably has clones but still...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/333897393767?ul_noapp=true

Edit: Wiki says Alps SKBM White
$200. Hmm. It's sort-of a TKL.

I do like that it has a full-size backspace, BAE, and the shift keys are both OK sized. A delete key immediately to the left of the spacebar and an insert key to the left of that is probably not a good design idea, tho.

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TNT

23 Feb 2021, 02:52

hellothere wrote:
23 Feb 2021, 00:25
TNT wrote:
22 Feb 2021, 02:52
Escom branded FK-3002: https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anz ... 9-225-3192
35 Euro, ATM. That's decent.
Yeah, but given the condition of the switches and the housing and so on, it definitely needs a thorough touch-up. But still, very fair price! Have too many Focus boards already, otherwise I'd have already snatched it :mrgreen:

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ddrfraser1

23 Feb 2021, 05:09

Someone found this at Computer Reset today

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It is a key board

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John Doe

23 Feb 2021, 05:50

Thats really interesting find.

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Polecat

23 Feb 2021, 06:08

ddrfraser1 wrote:
23 Feb 2021, 05:09
Someone found this at Computer Reset today

It is a key board
Really a Sejin. Probably Futaba MA switches. Mmmm.

raoulduke-esq

23 Feb 2021, 20:26

They got the decimal point in the wrong spot again...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-3178-Model ... 2709097948

Lekrafter

23 Feb 2021, 20:49


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ddrfraser1

23 Feb 2021, 21:04

raoulduke-esq wrote:
23 Feb 2021, 20:26
They got the decimal point in the wrong spot again...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/IBM-3178-Model ... 2709097948
Holy shit! :lol:

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doomsday_device

23 Feb 2021, 22:29

ddrfraser1 wrote:
23 Feb 2021, 05:09
Someone found this at Computer Reset today


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hey i have this one in german iso :)
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TippetyTap

23 Feb 2021, 23:03

Full disclosure, I'm currently selling this Cherry G81-3000SPG keyboard: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143955093973.
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I'm not here to hike the price though, I figure anyone interested will have already spotted it and be bidding accordingly.

First of all I stopped by to thank everyone who contributes to the fourm and Wiki. After the rather surprising initial bidding a potential buyer clued me into why, and I've spent far too much time since reading about keyboards, switches, caps, etc to add to my already eclectic knowledge of various things. I really thought it was just another item I'd held on to for far too long, and was being irrationally optimistic that anyone would want it rather than it being part of my next trip to the recycling centre. Hopefully someone with as much interest as is shown here will end up owning it - although I'm fearful that everything except the caps may still head to landfill :(.

Secondly, in return for that, I'd like to offer a 10% discount on final price to any established forum member who buys it and PMs me here (preferably, not sure what eBay policy is on that sort of messaging...) to say they have done so before checkout. Hopefully I'll be able to make that work somehow using a direct PayPal payment, since AIUI I can't apply a random 10% reduction to an invoice. BTW, I can't recall what the shipping details on the listing are, but always happy to try and work something out for UK or overseas buyers. If you just want the caps that'll be easier, and I may then refurb the board with some "lesser" caps :).

And finally, I already added a brief description of the product code to the relevant Wiki page. I'm planning to get a couple of better pics to add there. If anyone want me to capture any extra info before it leaves me let me know.

And I now wish I'd cleaned it up before listing :oops:.

MMcM

24 Feb 2021, 06:37

Okay, so the switches are kinda cool looking. And probably horrible to type on.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/154342180598

But what was it supposed to do?

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

24 Feb 2021, 07:23

TippetyTap wrote:
23 Feb 2021, 23:03
Full disclosure, I'm currently selling this Cherry G81-3000SPG keyboard: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143955093973.

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I'm not here to hike the price though, I figure anyone interested will have already spotted it and be bidding accordingly.

First of all I stopped by to thank everyone who contributes to the fourm and Wiki. After the rather surprising initial bidding a potential buyer clued me into why, and I've spent far too much time since reading about keyboards, switches, caps, etc to add to my already eclectic knowledge of various things. I really thought it was just another item I'd held on to for far too long, and was being irrationally optimistic that anyone would want it rather than it being part of my next trip to the recycling centre. Hopefully someone with as much interest as is shown here will end up owning it - although I'm fearful that everything except the caps may still head to landfill :(.

Secondly, in return for that, I'd like to offer a 10% discount on final price to any established forum member who buys it and PMs me here (preferably, not sure what eBay policy is on that sort of messaging...) to say they have done so before checkout. Hopefully I'll be able to make that work somehow using a direct PayPal payment, since AIUI I can't apply a random 10% reduction to an invoice. BTW, I can't recall what the shipping details on the listing are, but always happy to try and work something out for UK or overseas buyers. If you just want the caps that'll be easier, and I may then refurb the board with some "lesser" caps :).

And finally, I already added a brief description of the product code to the relevant Wiki page. I'm planning to get a couple of better pics to add there. If anyone want me to capture any extra info before it leaves me let me know.

And I now wish I'd cleaned it up before listing :oops:.
Usually posting one's own eBay listings in this thread is quite frowned at (especally by me :lol: ),
but obviously this is not so much an attempt to advertise it than a full-fledged "thank you" to our community,
with already a contribution to the wiki.
So welcome to DT.

TippetyTap

24 Feb 2021, 09:04

MMcM wrote:
24 Feb 2021, 06:37
Okay, so the switches are kinda cool looking. And probably horrible to type on.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/154342180598

But what was it supposed to do?
That's a quirky item. I quite often look at "Sellers Other Items" in case there is something I might use, and it's quirky there too - user-produced prison shanks? First time I've seen one on eBay...

It may be interesting that all the alpha-numeric keys are binary bases: 1, 2, 4, 8.

I have a few theories for the keyboard (which is faulty by the way - several keys are mounted upside down):
  • It's some form of prototype to building around
  • A labelled membrane or other layer sits above it
  • The user is a touch typist or blind, so specific keys don't matter
  • It was made by filching pocketfuls of keys from the factory (for above user)
  • It's from the USSR nuclear launch system. Everyone knows the code is 4284, but this is the final protection against malicious launch
  • It's a part of the experiment where they checked whether an infinite number of monkeys really could retype the works of Shakespeare. They were Russian monkeys so it was unnecessary to give them a UK keyboard.

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Muirium
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24 Feb 2021, 10:19

The ultimate guard against premature nuclear ejaculation: a janky keyboard that just won't take your launch code. Good failsafe.

Speaking of things not launching in the night, the guy's got some quality stuff. Like this classy "soviet" lighter.
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fohat
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24 Feb 2021, 15:08

TippetyTap wrote:
23 Feb 2021, 23:03

I'd like to offer a 10% discount on final price to any established forum member who buys it and PMs me here

(preferably, not sure what eBay policy is on that sort of messaging)
That would not be a problem if you had not received any bids yet. Once at least one valid bid has been placed on an item then ebay considers that a binding contract for sale has been established.

You might be able to claim that the item was "no longer available" or that you had discovered a problem with it, but that is certainly viewed as "bad behavior" on ebay, at the minimum, even though you could probably get away with it.
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fohat
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24 Feb 2021, 15:08

I will just use this entry since it is already here.

Generally the rationale for offering direct (ie off-ebay) sales to fellow members is to avoid the fee burdens that ebay inflicts - 10% to ebay + 3% to Paypal (if some other payment scheme is employed).

In the past I have given rebates and discounts to people who bought from me on ebay in the form of cash or extra merchandise in the box or by simply sending money to them via Paypal as a personal gift, but to pay ebay its full tribute and then give a rebate to a customer is costing your bottom line.
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TippetyTap

24 Feb 2021, 16:17

fohat wrote:
24 Feb 2021, 15:08
TippetyTap wrote:
23 Feb 2021, 23:03

I'd like to offer a 10% discount on final price to any established forum member who buys it and PMs me here

(preferably, not sure what eBay policy is on that sort of messaging)
That would not be a problem if you had not received any bids yet. Once at least one valid bid has been placed on an item then ebay considers that a binding contract for sale has been established.

You might be able to claim that the item was "no longer available" or that you had discovered a problem with it, but that is certainly viewed as "bad behavior" on ebay, at the minimum, even though you could probably get away with it.
Yes, understood and I've had to do some of those things before because they were true. AIUI if the postage cost was £20 I could have reduced that to create an effective discount. If push comes to shove I can stick £ / EUR notes in the package.

thefarside

24 Feb 2021, 17:16

I came across this interesting and very pricey Model M. It seems to be a square badge variant from the 90s made by Lexmark. I didn’t think they had square badge versions after the 80s. As far as I can tell it’s still a regular model M so I don’t think I would be willing to shell out $1000 for it.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Reply-Branded- ... 3899435111

Lekrafter

24 Feb 2021, 20:28


Rayndalf

25 Feb 2021, 02:22

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Unique-Vintage ... 4722923182
Beautiful case. I'd love to see modern cases built this way, it's got to be much cheaper than machining the whole thing out of aluminum.

Rayndalf

25 Feb 2021, 03:23

IBM 5110 (All in one with beamspring keyboard?)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-51 ... 3483556245

Not the best deal, but at least you get a complete system instead of just a keyboard (for better or for worse).

Rayndalf

25 Feb 2021, 03:30

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-COMPUT ... 2988899025
Looks like Cherry keycaps/ keyboard module (maybe not the case). Honestly a cute looking computer too.

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shine

25 Feb 2021, 10:19

thefarside wrote:
24 Feb 2021, 17:16
I came across this interesting and very pricey Model M. It seems to be a square badge variant from the 90s made by Lexmark. I didn’t think they had square badge versions after the 80s. As far as I can tell it’s still a regular model M so I don’t think I would be willing to shell out $1000 for it.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Reply-Branded- ... 3899435111
https://www.ebay.es/itm/313426326879

another rare M

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ekeppel

25 Feb 2021, 21:18

4704 Kishsaver with a misplaced decimal point. That seems to be happening a lot lately.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/124595771848

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Muirium
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25 Feb 2021, 21:42

Doesn’t even come with the original cable. Lame. They should strike a few k off the asking price.

raoulduke-esq

25 Feb 2021, 21:45

Muirium wrote:
25 Feb 2021, 21:42
Doesn’t even come with the original cable. Lame. They should strike a few k off the asking price.
Doesn't even work right according to the description!

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