Thursday, April 5, 2012

Decline and Fall?

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Musings from an SM9 bought on the cheap in pre-boom times
Olympia SM-9

7 comments:

Richard P said...

I figure there's bound to be a decline in the trend sooner or later, but that will just weed out the posers and leave behind some true typewriter lovers.

Bill M said...

Perhaps if the trendiness or whatever has brought scores upon scores of new people to typewriters and if it is a trend and wanes; then possibly the prices will come down and the key choppers will go away and those of us who want to use and collect typewriters can buy the ones we never thought we could afford. I hope to stay part of the boring crowd and continue to use my manual typewriters. Then when the electricity fails and all the PC geeks do not know what to do I can still type away.......

Duffy Moon said...

Yeah, I've been glad at the rising popularity, because the only thing certain about something that's popular is its eventual fall from popularity.

Which means prices will go back to the way they were in the golden days of pick-em-up-by-the-dozen-at-Goodwill.

Ted said...

have you no faith in your object of desire? will we so soon split into "true typewriter lovers" and "hipsters"? I believe that the machines themselves spark the love, and the recent year or so worth's of press just brings the machines to the attention of those predisposed to the addiction.

Think of your own journey. was it not a lonely, hidden pleasure - and then when you discovered there were others of your ilk, your addiction exploded. a handful of typewriters to more than you had fingers to count, no?

I think it's happening to others thanks to the press coverage, but at a much faster speed than it happened to us. We are all brothers, even if it means there are fewer nice Brothers in thrift stores to snag for $5

Michael Clemens said...

Heh, I'm certainly not turning my back on the addiction (much to my wife's annoyance, no doubt.) It's interesting to balance the perceived rise in popularity with the reactions posted to the articles. "Why would anyone in their right mind use a typewriter in the 21st century?" etc.

Fallacy #1: assuming that we're in our Right Minds...

LeeAnna Holt said...

I'm not backing away. I learned to type on one, and have wanted one for my own since. I'm glad that I bought my Skyriter, but I too can't wait for the prices to go down.

As it turns out, my typewriter purchase was also beneficial to my medical condition. The light from my computer has a tendency to make it "flare up."

Mike Speegle said...

Bah to that. The true zen of cool is to not care if you are cool or not.

On the other hand, these here exorbitant typewriter prices are kinda pissing me off. Stupid hipsters.