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#1 Charles Papert

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 02:42 PM

Jon Brown has posted a "test" auction on eBay, something to do with some new software he picked up. It's worth a read just for laughs, but I desperately implore all to get in there and bid on this in the smallest increments possible. He doesn't read the board (GB, if you are reading this, you must promise to keep mum) so he won't know what hit him.

Here's the auction, or if that hyperlink doesn't work:

http://cgi.ebay.com/...=ADME:X:ON:US:2
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#2 JobScholtze

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 03:06 PM

EBAY: You are the current high bidder

Yeah i want that item. :lol:

Hope that somebody else is bidding too otherwise i am stuck with that piece.
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#3 Charles Papert

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 03:24 PM

STUCK!!!? How can you go wrong with a fabulous heirloom collectible of that quality!

Nice jumping in, Job. Who's next?
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#4 JobScholtze

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 03:27 PM

Hee, how much commission do you get out of this deal?????? :ph34r:
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#5 Charles Papert

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 03:33 PM

JB just emailed me: "Who is steadinetherlands? He just bid on my pencil".

This could get good. Might be time to send out a bulk email...
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#6 JobScholtze

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 03:36 PM

How about that i email him first with al kind of technical questions about the pencil. Help me out here.

Shit i have been outbid, but no worry's i have two ebay accounts, haha :-)
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#7 Dave Edgar

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 04:59 PM

> --------------------
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> Question from: steadifilm
> Title of item: Sandford #2 Pencil - NEW! Pre-Sharpened
> Seller: gradyvillejb
> Starts: Feb-01-04 11:46:01 PST
> Ends: Feb-06-04 11:46:01 PST
> Price: Currently $0.57
> To view the item, go to:
> http://cgi.ebay.com/...item=2222451352
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> Visit eBay, The World's Online Marketplace TM at http://www.ebay.com
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On Monday, February 2, 2004, at 01:00 PM, dedgar@brownshoe.com wrote:

> Hi. I had a couple of questions for you:

>
> 1. Is this the later "mark II" model or the earlier more desireable
> "mark I"?

This is a "Mark I" model
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> 2. Has anything or anyone famous been involved with this item?

The girl who played the Daughter in "Coach" once had her demo reels
tapes on the shelf that this pencil has been stored on. Also, Garrett
Brown, the inventor of the Steadicaam, once briefly glanced at the
pencil in question.
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> 3. Do you have any unsharpened? They are worth more this way.

This pencil was acquired already sharpened
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> 4. This one seem from the photo to be sharpened in the southern
> style. Do you have any in the eastern asian style?

The Pencil would not qualify for OSHA safety standards if it was
sharpened in the E.A. Style, so we are unable to offer them to our US
customers
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> 5. What is the serial number?

#2
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> 6. What kind of batteries does it take and how many?

No batteries are require for normal use of the pencil All other uses
would immediately void the warranty.
>
> 7. Since I lost all of the fingers on both hands in a horrible
> motorcycle accident involving a gasoline truck, do you have any
> additional devices to make this "disabled friendl"y for me?

See attached picture:


The attached picture was of duct tape.
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#8 JobScholtze

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 05:21 PM

On Monday, February 2, 2004, at 02:06 PM, info@thecrew.nl wrote:
Hi there,

Can you tell me a bit more about the pencil you are offering?

1: What kind of wood is the pencil?

I just spoke with the company, and they tell me it is California
incense cedar wood.

2: Did you ever put it in your mouth ore somewhere els?

NO!!

3: Did you write any bad checks with this pencil?

Has never been used!

4: Do you ship to the Netherlands?

I can make an exception for you, yes, but you pay actual shipping

5: Is there any certificate with it?

there is no certificate, but here is some more info.

http://www.sanfordco...ml/new-product/
productdetail.jhtml?attributeId=SNATT40146&nrProductId=SN02097

Thanks so much.

HE IS GETTING TIRED :D
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#9 Dave Edgar

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 05:56 PM

On Monday, February 2, 2004, at 02:34 PM, dedgar@brownshoe.com wrote:

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> One follow up question. In your reply you indicated that this was the
> highly desirable Mark I pencil, yet in your reply to another esteemed
> pencil aficionado in the Netherlands, you referenced info and pictures
> at
> www.sanfordcorp.com that refers to the more common Mark II model. Is
> this
> some kind of scam you are running? Please explain the discrepancy.
>
> Regards, Dave
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>
>Reply below

The information I have, which came down from corporate this morning, is
that it is a "classic". It appears that this pencil model is now sold
under the PaperMate name. Since the pencils that have the original,
gold lettered logo "Sanford" are no longer available, I assumed it was
a Mark I, but it is not labeled as such, nor is it labeled Mark II. I
apologize for any confusion. Based on the response to my auction, it is
still a desirable pencil.
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#10 Dave Edgar

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 06:11 PM

Jonathan just emailed me to let me know that he had posted updated information on the auction page.
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#11 JobScholtze

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 06:15 PM

30 Bids already, he is making money with that pencil.
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#12 Charles Papert

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 06:22 PM

Yes, I have spread the word via a friend who seems to be in contact with about 20,000 impish pranksters. My guess is that the bids will top 100 in the next day or so. We're off to the races.
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#13 Brad Hruboska

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 09:00 PM

Maybe you guys need a hobby? Get out of the house? Skiing, surfing? :unsure:
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#14 Charles Papert

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 10:02 PM

Usually this forum is alive with the clanging of chest-thumping, bitching, mud-slinging and the like, and that's even before Phil Rhodes signs on for the day! I just thought a little obtuse comedy might be a nice break. JB is more than meeting the task with his responses--damn, that duct tape response was a big smile.
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#15 Erwin Landau

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 05:40 AM

Last time I checked it was up to 57 bids and $40.- for the compact wireless document creator...

We are slowly getting into Steadicam prices here.... and there are still 3 days to go...


And we are complaining about $12.- screws... or was it $12'000.- Toilet seats...?

Let me know who the unfortunate last bidder will be.....

Would love to see Jon's face thought...

Keep'em coming...
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