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Details about  Brand New Industrial Gray IBM Model M 'Clicky' Keyboard PN 1390653 DEC 1988

Brand New Industrial Gray IBM Model M 'Clicky' Keyboard PN 1390653 DEC 1988

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Jun 24, 2013 11:10:23 PHT
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New other (see details): A new, unused item with absolutely no signs of wear. The item may be missing the original packaging, ... Read moreabout the condition
Brand: IBM

Hello from New York!

I am a Model M keyboard collector currently typing on my “daily driver” IBM keyboard with a May 16, 1986 birthdate. 

I have decided it is time to sell a few keyboards that I have not had the need to use. I will be listing these over the next few weeks so please save this link to my other auctions:  Please check out my other items here:

The Brand New 1390653 IBM Black Square Logo Industrial Grey/Olive Model M keyboard from December 1988 that you are bidding on here is a prize in my collection.  Another prize is my brand new May 1993 Model M spare keyboard in the original box and still factory taped to the IBM foam (this other one even came with an IBM instruction manual and is definitely not for sale!). 

Someone I knew working at one of the largest IBM parts suppliers in the country (they said back in the day they kept over 1 million keyboards and other parts in inventory) sold me this leftover unused keyboard after they had gotten out of the particular business of supplying fleets of keyboards to their corporate customer base.  What they sold me was practically the last remainder of their once vast Model M inventory.  This keyboard was kept in a plastic bag surrounded by foam and sealed in a box for many years, but the supplier’s customers had never ordered this particular spare to be deployed (probably because these keyboards were so durable that their clients never needed too many replacements!).

Many Model M keyboards are advertised as “like new” but very few sellers open them up to photograph the insides to prove how clean they really are.  You can see I have taken detailed photos from many angles to show you the almost “factory-fresh” condition my keyboard has remained in for just about 25 years.  The photos in this auction are not of any other keyboard than the one up for auction here, and they were all taken by me this month.  I have taken photos of the inside of the top and bottom parts of the case and of the keyboard with the top bezel removed, and they probably look like they did when they left one of IBM’s factories. 

Also I have photographed the bottom metal part of the keyboard.  Even many of the best, brand new Model M boards have more than a few broken rivets, but this keyboard has almost no broken rivets as of when I took these photos.  Now I will ship this to you double boxed and expertly packaged (I have been buying and selling on eBay for 10 years and have 100.0% positive feedback so far), however I guarantee you that rivets from this keyboard will inevitably break and fall out during shipping and also during the first hours that you use it, so I am not guaranteeing that you will receive all the rivets as shown in the auction photos secured to the keyboard.  As other eBay sellers would also say, the rivets are AS IS and will break off. 

You can also see I have lifted up the key caps and stems for two typically well-worn keys that were easy enough to access (two of the cursor keys) to show you that no gunk is hiding under them and these springs have not rusted in the supplier warehouse or in my home where it has been stored since then. 

The only time this keyboard was used was briefly for testing it with another cable, as you can see that the cable that IBM supplied with this keyboard is brand new in the original sealed plastic bag with IBM’s part label in there as well.  You may need a specific model USB adapter to connect this keyboard to your computer (no USB adapter is included in this auction and not all PS/2-containing motherboards may work with Model M keyboards as they draw much higher current than more modern PS/2 keyboards). 

In terms of dents, scuffs, and scratches, you can view the pictures to judge the physical condition of this keyboard yourself.  A fair warning here that a scratch or scuff may not have shown up well in the photos due to the lighting, camera angle, etc. but may be still present on this keyboard (I can always double check something for you – just ask).  I am also assuming that the IBM box pictured and included in this auction may not be the one that IBM originally packaged this keyboard in.  The foam has broken off in a couple places, and I will tape these pieces back where they belong before packaging everything for shipment.  If you have any questions or want me to email you the full resolution images, please send me a message over eBay by using the “ask a question” function and provide your email address (only if you would like photos sent).   

I welcome you to take a road trip and pick up the item locally on Long Island, New York if you want more control over how this item is handled than what shipping by UPS, FedEx, or USPS would give you.  By the way you can pick the shipping service provider, speed/service type, and even provide me with packaging advice to help this keyboard arrive to you as close as possible to what it looks like in the photos, as long as we figure out how much it will cost before I send you the final invoice with the correct amount for the shipping option you selected.  

I am willing to ship outside the country as well and have done so before.  You can determine what the shipping charge will be on your own by going to the USPS web site, selecting New York/United States as the sender’s location, your location as the recipient’s location, and the shipping service as a “large package” sent by USPS Priority Mail International (the only international service I use).  Or I can help you instead if you message me which country you live in.  You will pay the exact costs listed on the web site for the actual shipping weight of the double boxes, packaging, cables, and keyboard.  You’re probably looking at a total package weight of at least 9 to 10 pounds total.   However there are some countries that the eBay community recommends we do not ship packages to, so I will ask that all international bidders please send me a message through eBay before bidding to make sure I can ship to your country.   

The auction will end on Sunday at 11:10 PM Eastern Time.

I am very grateful to several web communities and web sites that have helped me continue learning more about these great keyboards and also view what others have in their collections, including community members of the geekhack forum and reddit’s MechanicalKeyboards discussion forum as well as the™ web site.  I encourage you to check these out if you have not done so recently to learn more about the Model M.  

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