"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device,
and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Quote from: 3463319 on Today at 06:04:52 PMIndeed, some people actually are looking for "MCM" and "stage props." I sold several to a local dealer who has a booth at a vintage/antique mall that specializes in mid-century modern, for people who like to furnish and decorate their homes in this circa 1950-60s style. Besides running the booth, she also supplies the film industry for -- guess what -- stage props! Maybe some of my phones will be in a movie!
You are wise to assume that the phone does not work, but there is no need to assume that the seller is being deceptive.
I have sold quite a few "untested" on eBay. I used the word "untested" not to be deceptive, but because I meant exactly that -- I had not tested them.
I had a lot of phones to sell (reducing my collection by about 200). Most had been in storage since shortly after I bought them many years ago. I had never connected them, opened them, or even cleaned them. So, yes, they truly were "untested." I was trying to move phones out the door quickly and did not want to take time to test them all. On many, the cords were missing or damaged, so they were not easily testable anyway.
Other sellers may have other reasons. Nowadays, most people do not even have a telephone line to test them on. Also, most people are not as technically knowledgeable as we are, so they cannot just pick up a phone and notice by sight or weight that parts are missing.
If I have any suspicion that a seller is intentionally being deceptive, then I just avoid that seller, but my experience has been that most are dealing with a wide variety of items, and they cannot possibly have expertise in everything, so they are trying to provide an honest description as well as they can.
Quote from: MMikeJBenN27 on Yesterday at 06:17:15 PM"MCM" in their title
Quote from: RDPipes on Yesterday at 07:20:04 PM"Stage Prop"
Quote from: markosjal on Today at 01:25:25 AMI always assume that "untested" really means that they KNOW it does not work.
Quote from: Robert Gift on Today at 04:25:28 PM...Could they be hung so that the telephone could be on either side?
Quote from: markosjal on Today at 03:21:08 PMFirst there are idiots everywhere and I have no issue saying it. I am not callig YOU nor anyone here an idiot.
Second it all has to do with OP because the same BOZOS (since you do not like idiot) that use terms like MCM are the same BOZOS who pull this other crap. I have seen it a thousand times on ebay.