Author Topic: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It  (Read 1693 times)

Offline Slal

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Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:54:15 AM »
Had thought was done with WE 500's until started discussing colors on a different topic.  (How uncommon is "rare" if three Med. Blue phones listed in September?)

Anyway, doing a little research on the bay ran across this listing: 251588797156

Discovered light gray would match office equipment perfectly.

And it was only 63 dollars.  Photos might still be up, but will attach one for posterity.

Since I'm new, will type what I've learned to look for & see if anything needs to be added to my "phone spotting" check list. 
  • 6 holes in receiver cap
  • 7C dial
  • 'Old style' handset cord (not tapered)
  • Open FW
  • Feet don't seem to have caused any rust
  • Base is clean - no refurb dates
  • Ask about dates and matching color code on back of dial

1.) What did I miss (or phrased differently) what was wrong with this phone that it didn't seem to attract any attention?

2.) How common are these?  65 bucks I'd have bought it!  (If same soft plastic, etc. - PhoneCo wants $139 for theirs.)

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Offline Kenton K

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2014, 11:02:01 AM »
Nothing seems wrong with the phone. Its just light gray isn't a super rare color. Light gray uncommon compared to ivory, but not as rare as...say...oxford gray, which is much darker. I'd say it went for a reasonable price.

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2014, 11:27:28 AM »
Kenton is right, these phones aren't nearly as rare as the 'Holy Grail' 500 colors (Oxford Grey, Med blue, Rose beige, Mahogany brown), so I see why it went for a low price. That being said, I really want a light grey 500, so I probably would have paid more for it.
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Offline Slal

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 11:41:45 AM »
So "Rare light gray from 1959" a relative term & part of his sales pitch.

Wondered if had missed crack or something major.

thx for quick replies

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2014, 07:25:45 PM »
"rare" is indeed a relative term, as are many other terms, some of which may be a bit inaccurate in their use, such as "extremely rare," for example.

You may enjoy a list of other such terms posted in this forum topic from about a year and a half ago:  eBay Glossary of Terms

Offline WesternElectricBen

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2014, 09:52:07 PM »
Actually, this went for a semi-high price in my opinion, as a chip was glued back in to repair the set. I know this because this was a forum member's phone, LM Erricson, who use to have a YouTube video on it.

To be fair to Grayson, some people may consider soft plastic rare.

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Offline Slal

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2014, 05:49:09 PM »
Devil is in the details I guess.  Wouldn't have caught glued crack.  On eBay (depending on seller) may or may not be pointed out in photos or listing.

Add to check list:  "ask about chips, cracks, flaking to plastic etc."

EBay glossary hilarious.  : ) 

Hard to think of a rejoinder.

"Checked it on my cell and it works."  = Cell phone works fine-- rotary phone anyone's guess."

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2014, 02:23:13 PM »
I'm wondering who paid $360 for the darker Oxford Gray phone that just closed a couple of days ago.  It was offered by some sort of non-profit organization that likely didn't realize what they had.  I hope they don't think every rotary phone they receive will bring in that amount of money.

I was watching the auction just to see how high it would go.  At $360 it still only went for less than half of what a mushroom phone tends to command on ebay.
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Offline AE40FAN

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2014, 02:49:52 PM »
I'm surprised it didn' t go for more?  Appears to be in great shape!


I'm wondering who paid $360 for the darker Oxford Gray phone that just closed a couple of days ago.  It was offered by some sort of non-profit organization that likely didn't realize what they had.  I hope they don't think every rotary phone they receive will bring in that amount of money.

I was watching the auction just to see how high it would go.  At $360 it still only went for less than half of what a mushroom phone tends to command on ebay.


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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2014, 04:35:15 PM »
Maybe I should have listed it as "uncommon"?
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Offline WesternElectricBen

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2014, 04:40:55 PM »
Grayson, when I list a phone I never give a opinion. Relative or not.


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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2014, 04:55:24 PM »
Grayson, when I list a phone I never give a opinion. Relative or not.

Ben

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2014, 05:00:16 PM »
Harry, refer to LM Ericsson's last post, asking if he should call it 'uncommon.' I personally think that in a listing, a seller's opinion should not be included, as it can cause confusion.

Ben

Offline Kenton K

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2014, 06:25:13 PM »
I think all listings will inevitably have opinion. I think It's necessary for describing condition. But it can't misrepresent the product though.

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Re: Light Gray Not Radar so I Missed It
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2014, 06:44:00 PM »
Ok. I did not think of uncommon as an opinion. I thought it was part of the dezcription. Like using beautiful or shiny.
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