Best. Junkshop. Find. EVAR! →
Envy me kidlets, because last night I found a Correcting IBM Selectric III
at the junky-junk-junkshop up the street. Which is pretty ossom considering that junk shop has never had anything worth bothering with before. And they only wanted $45 bucks for the whole thing, which is incredible considering most places want over $300 for a reconditioned one of these.
It had 5 typeballs PLUS a couple spare ribbons and correction tapes in the bag taped to the side, and BEST OF ALL? The bands are in perfect condition so I won't need to repair it or do much more than give it a lube and go to it. Time will tell if the ribbons and correction tape haven't dried up and become all brittle / unuseable but that ain't no thang since I can get those for $5 a pop at the office supply.
for all you philistines out there wondering why I'm stoked about this dinosaur... well, let's just say if they could make a computer input terminal with the same durability, ergonomic feel and action, I'd be willing to pay hundreds of dollars for it.