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That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« on: September 16, 2017, 03:33:30 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1956-Western-Electric-Dark-Gray-500-Desk-Telephone/172861590870

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WOW !   this phone is really taking off..... bids now up to $572 and there is stilll several hours to go...
I bet this auction could run WAAAAAY UP THERE ! 

When is the last time a dark Gray WE 500 came up for sale ? and what did it go for ?
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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2017, 04:08:45 PM »
As some members may know, I'm English and am amazed at what these old American 'phones fetch on e-Bay.

It may make you jealous to search for "Vintage Telephone" on eBay.Co.UK and see the difference.

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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2017, 04:21:59 PM »
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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 04:42:46 PM »
Yeah John.... i saw the auction.  i was just making a comment about it.
when is the last time a dark gray phone went up for sale ?

i think it's been some time now.  this one is so clean.  but from the pics... it looks to be somewhat faded when you look at the receiver caps.
maybe its the lighting. 

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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2017, 05:04:41 PM »
Didn't know if you saw that or not and also posted the link for anyone who didn't see the contest - they can see the guesses placed by other members.

And you are right, I haven't seen a dark grey in that condition in some time. That's why I bid high. About a half hour to go so we're at snipe time. Should be interesting to see what happens at the end with the phone having 44 watchers.

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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2017, 05:26:47 PM »
YES!  its always exciting to watch the end... won't be long now !  lol

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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 05:28:58 PM »
When I see this I always wonder if the seller knew he had a rare piece or if he is shocked at the price.
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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2017, 05:33:51 PM »
No snipes!...Ha!
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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2017, 05:35:54 PM »
OMG !   NO SNIPING !   I'M SHOCKED !   LOL

OK... i didn't expect THAT !
Always an interesting thing watching auctions.... never can tell whats gonna happen.

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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2017, 05:50:32 PM »
Me to wife: "Look! That grey 500 brought $589.00!"

Wife: Wow!..."Sell yours!" *pointing to my Aqua Blue 500*

Me: "That's not grey"

Wife: "Oh"

I should learn to just keep my mouth shut.
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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2017, 05:56:53 PM »
OMG !   NO SNIPING !   I'M SHOCKED !   LOL

OK... i didn't expect THAT !
Always an interesting thing watching auctions.... never can tell whats gonna happen.

That no snipe ending happens when a phone is bid up (26 bids) over the contest and reaches a price no one wants to pay more for so no snipes. Not always that way but over 90% of the time these high activity auctions do not receive a snipe. The buyer really wanted this phone placing half of the 26 bids.
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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2017, 08:02:59 PM »
when is the last time a dark gray phone went up for sale ?

i think it's been some time now.

It has been some time now, but they do come along now and then. I keep bookmarks on 500 set auctions and annotate them so I know the color and the date it ended and sometimes the date it was made, if that's in the auction. So I can answer your question several times over. Here's what I found. Not all are solid dark gray phones. Some are two-tones and one is a 1954 model with a black dial, which is correct for 1954. Prices are about the same as the one that sold today on several of them.

dark gray 1-57 500, possible crack, ended 9-7-13, $698.89.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare1957-Oxford-Gray-Western-Electric-500-/200958873108
link is still active, no pictures

dark gray 1954 black dial model, ended 11-3-14, $695.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181570809073
link is still active, has pictures

dark gray 4-53 two-tone, ended 3-10-15, $525.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331500200289
link is still active, no pictures

dark gray 56 500, ended 12-13-15, cracked and missing transmitter cap, $342.99.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/351595627020
link is still active, no pictures

dark gray 2-56 500 ended 1-9-16
link not active

dark gray two-tone w/straight handset cord, ended 4-9-17, $325.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/162454793528
link still active, has pictures
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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2017, 02:08:38 AM »
It has been some time now, but they do come along now and then. I keep bookmarks on 500 set auctions and annotate them so I know the color and the date it ended and sometimes the date it was made, if that's in the auction. So I can answer your question several times over. Here's what I found. Not all are solid dark gray phones. Some are two-tones and one is a 1954 model with a black dial, which is correct for 1954. Prices are about the same as the one that sold today on several of them.

dark gray 1-57 500, possible crack, ended 9-7-13, $698.89.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare1957-Oxford-Gray-Western-Electric-500-/200958873108
link is still active, no pictures

dark gray 1954 black dial model, ended 11-3-14, $695.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/181570809073
link is still active, has pictures

dark gray 4-53 two-tone, ended 3-10-15, $525.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331500200289
link is still active, no pictures

dark gray 56 500, ended 12-13-15, cracked and missing transmitter cap, $342.99.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/351595627020
link is still active, no pictures

dark gray 2-56 500 ended 1-9-16
link not active

dark gray two-tone w/straight handset cord, ended 4-9-17, $325.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/162454793528
link still active, has pictures

HEY THANKS !  thats JUST what i wanted to see.  Thanks again !

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Re: That Dark Gray Phone on eBay !
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2017, 02:11:52 AM »
That no snipe ending happens when a phone is bid up (26 bids) over the contest and reaches a price no one wants to pay more for so no snipes. Not always that way but over 90% of the time these high activity auctions do not receive a snipe. The buyer really wanted this phone placing half of the 26 bids.


I see John... I didn't know that... but i was thinking that those 2 guys were SOOOO CLOSE that the second guy was gonna challenge the winner at least ONE more time.  but.... he didn't.   I actually think the winner may have been prepared to go alot higher.... but he didn't have to.

was it ANYONE here who won that phone ?