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Buying Vintage Typewriters Online

I hope you enjoyed my last article on what to look for when buying a vintage typewriter. When possible, I always suggest buying machines locally. It will save you time and aggravation. Of course, I realize that many of us will also purchase typewriters from online sellers so I thought I’d put together a few tips that may help you avoid some of the pitfalls when buying online. When possible, buy from sellers who are nearby. The greater the distance a typewriter must travel to reach you, the higher the likelihood of damage occurring to the machine while in transit. If you know much about how packages are handled by the leading shipping companies, you know that they are handled...

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Things to Look for When Buying a Vintage Typewriter

I’ve bought a fair number of vintage typewriters in the past and most weeks I’m purchasing another one or two for my collection or to refurbish and resale.  I’ve made some mistakes and thought I would share what I’ve learned.  Hopefully, you will find this information helpful. Buy in person when you can.  It’s always best to be able to inspect the typewriter in person.  It’s very helpful to be able to examine the machine for yourself without having to rely on a someone else’s description and photos to determine the condition of the machine. Check the carriage.  One of the first things I do when evaluating a typewriter is to move the carriage.  Does it advance when typing?  Is...

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