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Offline Phonesrfun

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Getting hung up over something silly
« on: June 02, 2010, 02:26:19 AM »
Ok, now for some levity.

How many auctions have we seen of a candlestick or a wood wall phone with the receiver in the hook upside down?  You know the one.  It looks like the first picture seen here.....

To me, it is the equivalent of the second picture.

Are people trying to get attention and draw people to their auctions, or do they just not know any better?  Something I have often wondered.

PS: no animals or phones were actually abused by taking these pictures, although the candlestick had to spend a couple hours in counseling after the demeaning and ghastly photo.   :D

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010, 06:15:26 AM »
If you squint at the second picture it sorta looks like Mickey Mouse.
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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010, 08:14:46 AM »
Sometimes it works...  ;) ;)
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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2010, 08:22:28 AM »
I have seen listings with pictures with the whole phone upside-down.  Even stranger are the pictures of phones in odd locations, such as on bathroom counters or on top of washing machines ;)

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 09:27:22 AM »
I've seen my share of phone on washer pictures too. One or two of my best phones came from sellers who took the picture on a washer. I figure it's the only uncluttered horizontal surface they could find, or the light was good in their utility room or something.

One of my favorite auction pictures is the modular 500 or 2500 with the handset cord plugged into the mounting cord jack on the back of the phone. Sometimes they even claim the phone works, but I can't see how they ever plugged it in.
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Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 11:45:05 AM »
Bill:

So many phones in your collection that they are taking over your laundry room?  ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Offline Phonesrfun

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2010, 11:52:30 AM »
I guess in all my zeal to talk about the upside-down receiver, I neglected to think about the washing machine!

So, I am busted.

Washing machines do make excellent staging areas for all kinds of pictures, and I don't think I am alone.  To be sure, my desk and other areas of the house are very cluttered, and poorly lit.  Take, for example, the 5302 shots in another thread about the G1 handset on the 5302.  Lousy pictures, and I didn't even take the time to clear away the backdrop for that picture.

So, as Jonathan indicated, the washing machine was both well lit and the only uncluttered surface in the whole house.
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Offline jsowers

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2010, 12:45:37 PM »
So, as Jonathan indicated, the washing machine was both well lit and the only uncluttered surface in the whole house.

Bill, I speak from experience.  :)  At the moment my iron is sitting on my washing machine. That was the least uncluttered place to iron a wrinkled shirt yesterday morning. As for pictures, I prefer either the front steps or the tailgate of my station wagon. I guess that's because my utility room has no windows.
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Offline Phonesrfun

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2010, 01:26:39 PM »
Bill:

So many phones in your collection that they are taking over your laundry room?  ;D ;D ;D ;D

They have taken over every other square inch, so yes, it's now the laundry room.
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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2010, 02:07:51 PM »
Bill;
I at least lets you know they know squat about the phone.

To take photos I have several different colored pieces of cloth rolled up on different pieces of PVC pipe. That way when I go to photograph something just drape it over the washer and then shoot.


One more thing, I have a washer like yours and it has a secondary rinse and a few other adjustments, however it does not properly spin dry the cloths do you have any trouble with that ?
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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2010, 02:14:46 PM »
Dan:

I don't have any problem with the washer.  It comes with the rental house I am renting, and I have been here for two years with no problems what so ever (at least with the washer)   :o

It has been years since I last did anything with a washing machine, but you might just take a peek with a flashlight and see what you can see.  Maybe a belt or something easy.
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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2010, 04:03:33 PM »

It has been years since I last did anything with a washing machine,


Bill: DO you just throw your clothes out now? ??? ;D

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2010, 04:12:27 PM »
Terry:

I just keep getting myself in deeper, don't I?

What I meant was.....errrr..... well.....Oh never mind.   ;D

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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2010, 05:52:10 PM »
Terry:

Good catch (and not Bill's clothes)!  ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Getting hung up over something silly
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2010, 08:38:15 PM »
a photo like that really drives an OCD person like me nuts.  :)  (no comment from you either, d/p)

jonathan, i actually had a case of trouble where the subscriber had the set plugged in to the jack with a handset cord. when i told him (yes, it was a guy) what the trouble was, his reply was that it was a brand new cord.  ::) & brand new usually means something they dug out of a box somewhere.  ;)
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