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 Post subject: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Sun 17, 2020 3:03 pm 
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It looks to be in good cosmetic shape, but is not working (seller states it makes no noise at all). I'm tempted, mostly because I have a copy of Sams TSM-29 on the way. However, the price seems a bit high to me. What is a fair price?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/realtone-tr-18 ... 3550650326

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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Sun 17, 2020 5:40 pm 
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A working Realtone TR-1843 sold recently for $9.99:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/REALTONE-TR-18 ... 7675.l2557


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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Sun 17, 2020 6:59 pm 
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It should have occurred to me to check sold listings! Now that I've viewed the one that sold, I'm almost certain the seller wouldn't like my offer. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Sun 17, 2020 7:05 pm 
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Sometimes though, that can work to your advantage if you politely point out that another one was recently sold for a lower price.

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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
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It's a minimal example, at best, of the 60s Japanese styled transistor radios that collectors like to collect. About a $10 radio to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Mon 18, 2020 2:20 am 
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Considering that it doesn't work, I'm seeing $5.

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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Mon 18, 2020 3:34 am 
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I think you can depend on the fact that most 60 year old Transistor radios available either operate with low volume, or don't work at all. This is normally attributed to dried out Electrolytic caps, esp the one going to the volume control wiper, although occasionally an open circuit earphone jack can cause the no operation symptom as well. The point is that it's really an easy fix, most of the time.

AFA value, on the + side, it has no cracks or chips out, but on the -, it's a very plain looking set, with really no pizzazz.

The $9.99 sale was for a working radio. You might offer him $6, and make sure to reference both the sale price and the fact that it was a working radio.

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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Fri 22, 2020 4:24 am 
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Since USPS is unbearably slow right now, I'm done with online purchasing for the foreseeable future. If this set id still around in a few weeks or months, I'll make an offer.

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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Fri 22, 2020 2:09 pm 
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I look at that radio, and the first thing that comes to my mind is a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica.

The red hairline in the dial should be moving back and forth. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Realtone TR-1843...what's a good price?
PostPosted: May Sat 23, 2020 6:10 pm 
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that was my first transistor radio...got it for Christmas in 1962 when I was 11. I really liked it but it didnt have very good sensitivity. Luckily I lived in Orlando and had a number of stations to choose from. Cabinet was baby blue. Found a working one just like it a few years back on ebay for $10 plus shipping


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