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murff



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:06 pm    Post subject: as seen on ebay Reply with quote

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Item not tested but in good cosmetic condition...




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Please check pictures carefully...





yes, a good idea !
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davhamm



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just making sure, I am not missing something obvious.

Your referring to the general filth, and the fact the numbers are all discolored with what looks to be a greasy dirt.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just liked to show what sellers understand about the attribute "in good cosmetic condition"...
Not all buyers are able to clean a Curta and its likely possible that also dirt is inside which affect the mechanical functionality.

I know that the description of the reality can lower the estimated price - so it's kind of scam not to be honestly...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings all...I've been the proud owner of a mint condition, early Type I for a little over four years now and this is my first posting to the group.

The Curta was purchased on ebay after asking a few questions of the seller, who also had several excellent photos posted. I paid a very fair price for a pristine unit and matching metal canister, original box and paperwork.

Potential buyers need to be informed, know what to look for and know what questions to ask, since too often it seems that sellers don't adequately describe condition, both functionally and cosmetically.

A current ebay listing is a great example...touted as a "Vintage Rare" Type I, the seller wants a rather optimistic $1300 obo. The unmounted, serialized baseplate had apparently been bonded to a makeshift baseplate on the unit because it's original countersunk holes were enlarged to a useless diameter. The metal clearing ring appears to be intact, however the upper portion of the spring-loaded release post has quite obviously been snapped off. Finally, some evasive wording regarding how well the unit even works.

As they say..."Caveat Emptor"







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murff



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

some cheap REPRODUCTIONs:





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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fully functional (as far as I can judge, i. e. mechanically flawless). Very good condition




(see pictures)...


https://www.ebay.de/itm/282896244100
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uggghhh filthy get the hose
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Condition: New




Extremely Rare = US $3,499.99 (or, Make Offer)




... the question I asked myself: how would a used Curta looks like Question
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beyond any buying advice, this is a useful reminder that Curtas were not always just expensive showcase collectibles, but were actually used by practical engineers in the course of an honest day's work.
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