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Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: Mr. Helpful: Still hard at work
« Reply #120 on: November 15, 2010, 09:44:20 PM »
Mmm, I thought yours was green. If that is the case, you could sit each next to the other and connect a battery in between both and do some basic measurements with a DVM between the good and the bad to see where the bug is.
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Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #121 on: December 15, 2010, 01:01:23 PM »
Pink Mushroom phone for only $1149, and free shipping too!

http://cgi.ebay.com/300505194302

Honey, you had better forget about that weekend in Vegas, I'm buying another phone!!

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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #122 on: December 15, 2010, 01:08:06 PM »
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Offline Dave F

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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #123 on: December 15, 2010, 01:20:17 PM »
Dave, I sold that phone to him!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=290483921722
I'm trying to think of something clever and witty to say, but I just can't think of anything suitable for this family forum.  I know it's a "buyer beware" world, but there ought to be law....  You wanna know something Harry, somewhere out there is a poor soul who might actually buy it.

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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #124 on: December 15, 2010, 01:49:06 PM »
I certainly hope not and it does not look too promising, this is his third time relisting it!
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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #125 on: December 15, 2010, 04:01:58 PM »
He forgot to use the words  " RARE"  or "VERY RARE"  then it would sell easy ;).

On a similar Ebay topic do you notice more and more that sellers are using an outrageous BIN price to make the buyer feel like he got a deal.  Sheesh !  I guess that's marketing 101.

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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #126 on: December 15, 2010, 05:34:30 PM »
I think there is another thread discussing the last time he listed it. Hasn't it gone UP in price since it didn't sell last time??

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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #127 on: December 15, 2010, 07:00:18 PM »
Yes, I think I mentioned it last time or the first time he listed it. The price is still the same. What would make a person think something he paid $146.00 for will sell in the same venue for 10 times that?? Makes no sense to me, everyone on eBay had the same chance to buy this phone for less than $200.00. Every time I see it I really want to ask him that!
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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #128 on: December 15, 2010, 09:56:51 PM »
What would make a person think something he paid $146.00 for will sell in the same venue for 10 times that?? <snip>
He's probably hoping that some snooty interior decorator or other transient eBay user will stumble upon it and find it irresistible.  Most regular folks have never seen the likes of a mushroom phone, and the high price could convince them of it's rarity and "obvious" value.  After all, nobody with any brains (or a sense of decency) would ever try to sell something for $1100 if they knew it was only worth $150, would they?  I know it's not my job to keep the world safe for dummies, but still it is annoying seeing anybody getting taken for a ride. 

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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #129 on: December 18, 2010, 02:24:57 PM »
Harry;

When he got the phone from you, he got a real bargain. It should have sold for 2 or 3 times that.

Mushroom, in Pink, in that condition. I'm gonna offer him a grand.... :o

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Re: Where is Mr. Helpful when we need him?
« Reply #130 on: December 18, 2010, 02:41:50 PM »
Yes, I agree. I expected it to go for $3 - 400.
Go for it ;D
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« Reply #131 on: May 08, 2011, 09:37:27 PM »
Not sure how collectible or desirable this is, but Mr. Helpful flagged another phone he cites as fairly rare...  Item # 160581926582 on the bay, a North 540.

http://cgi.ebay.com/1956-North-Electric-rotary-desk-telephone-working-cond-/160581926582?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25636dbeb6


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Re: Once again, Mr. Helpful helps
« Reply #132 on: May 09, 2011, 09:59:34 AM »
I've seen a heck of a lot of phones but never one of those until a few weeks ago.  I picked one up at the local antique store, I thought the flush mounted fingerwheel was pretty neat.  It's missing the numbercard retainer, sadly.  I posted on here asking if anyone has an extra one but didn't get a single reply, so maybe they are fairly rare.

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Re: Once again, Mr. Helpful helps
« Reply #133 on: May 09, 2011, 01:57:29 PM »
Jorge Amely shared one of his albums with us in the past.  Check out the restoration he did on one of these North models.

http://tinyurl.com/3lu2jhu

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Re: Once again, Mr. Helpful helps
« Reply #134 on: May 09, 2011, 03:26:32 PM »
Dennis:

When I restored that phone, I also created an album on how to restore the dial.

https://picasaweb.google.com/Amelyenator/NorthElectricModel541DialOverhaulProcedure#

I am lucky to have two of these phones: the 1956 model shown in the album and a 1958 model. The 1958 has a steel base, painted in black and features a more modern ringer, which looks like a C4A. It also has a vinyl handset cord from that year.

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