Talk about an obsolete item in today's society - a typewriter? It is nearly impossible to even find ribbons for them anymore. As my teenagers said, "What does it do?" Thanks for making me feel old, kids. But, they hold their value on eBay. Below is my listing for a vintage Smith Corona typewriter with case. This was marked $10 at a thrift store.
The typewriter sold for $129.97. This is a case of waiting for the right buyer. I had placed the item on auction for 7 days and did not receive any bids. Then I listed it on fixed price and it sold in 3 days. The listing only had 25 page views. Click here to see the completed listing.
Typewriters can bring really good money on eBay. Here are a few completed listings for typewriters that sold at astronomical prices:
Vintage Royal Typewriter - sold for $611
Vintage Underwood Typewriter - sold for $600
Vintage Olivetti Typewriter - sold for $455
So there you go. Old obsolete items can be a gold mine on eBay. For more ideas on vintage items to sell on eBay, check these two blog posts, which are updated regularly:
List of vintage items to sell on eBay
List of thrift store items to sell on eBay