Yes indeed. The suspense is high when buying online!
I'm happy to report the arrival of the first machine - I couldn't test it it fully yet but it shapes to be a very happy ending to this transaction. Seller ignored my multiple requests to put any protection material inside the case which resulted in ribbon cover popping out from the slots on one side but luckily no damage done there. Other than that - a pristine (miniscule mark here and there) schreibmaschine ;).
Rapport and veiled threats seem to work best in getting things packed well. Ohm and I sometimes use a trick that Richard taught me, offer a £10 bonus if it arrives packed as instructed. At least the, you have done your best.
Yes - I read about that £10 (or $10 rather) technique on Richard's blog - thought sometimes. I guess worth a try in case of more valuable items.
I'm surprised I hadn't found your blog earlier. It sounds like we are both in about the same phase of the obsessively neurotic Typewriter Problem. Mine is now not quite a year since onset and shows no signs of remission. One of the exacerbating factors is indeed the anticipation of the arrival of those motley packages. Another is e(vil)Bay's fatal drop-down search option, "ending soonest", an invitation to nearly instant gratification by snipping or stealing an item that may have gone unnoticed through fuzzy photos or whatever. But then I have gotten some great deals that way ... think I'll check it out now ... (love your blog)
I am a newbie here. My ONTP (as you kindly described it) exploded in August. Typewriter a day... I had to take a decisive action in September as it was going out of hand :) I'm not totally cured though.