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 Post subject: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
PostPosted: Oct Tue 10, 2017 1:03 pm 
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The hippo was purchased with a best offer of $20 on September 7, 2017.

First sale - Sept. 7.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Philco- ... 2749.l2649

Second sale - Sept. 20.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/352169271777?ss ... 1559.l2649

Third sale - Oct. 9.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Antique-Phi ... 1438.l2649


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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $25 to $545
PostPosted: Oct Tue 10, 2017 1:13 pm 
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Very enlightening, thanks for posting this.

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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $25 to $545
PostPosted: Oct Tue 10, 2017 5:16 pm 
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Thats quite a jump in price. Since I stopped selling on ebay I have seen a few of my radios sold at swapfests show up there and gain sometimes double-quadruple my selling price.


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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $25 to $545
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I'm amazed !!

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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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This is off topic but how did they get the bakelite to shine up that nice? Is it painted or what?
I have tried on numerous of my radios and can get nothing close to that. Again sorry for the off topic response but this has always perplexed me!


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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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This is off topic but how did they get the bakelite to shine up that nice? Is it painted or what?


1) MAAS Metal Polish (Use 0000 steel wool)
The bakelite casing needs to be thoroughly cleaned of decades of soot, dirt, grime, spots, grease and, sometime, specks of paint before any type of shine has a chance of being renewed.
2) After the MAAS Metal Polish treatment "LUSTRA" is applied and allowed to totally dry. It is a lot of time consuming elbow work to remove this product from the bakelite after it has dried. However, the LUSTRA really enhances the shine.
The other two items are used if and where necessary. For example, the Johnson Wax may be needed to be mixed with the MAAS Metal Polish to help remove difficult spots, stains, and paint specks.
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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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Gwcoty wrote:
This is off topic but how did they get the bakelite to shine up that nice? Is it painted or what?
I have tried on numerous of my radios and can get nothing close to that. Again sorry for the off topic response but this has always perplexed me!
I inquired of a local radio seller how he got the shine. Knowing that any time spent beyond 5 minutes he considered hard labor...

Mayonnaise, apply, wipe excess, take picture...

Most anything he sold was "polished" with same mayonnaise...

And thats the truth :P

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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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Most anything he sold was "polished" with same mayonnaise...

Easy enough to try at least once.


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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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Some use a spray gun and gloss lacquer them. Not quite as much a cheat as the mayonnaise but still awful.

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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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Staging the radio also contributes to higher bids. Notice the difference between the first auction vs the next two AFA picture angles, showing the dial lit, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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It's interesting that none of the sellers have any photos of the workmanship (or lack of) on the inside.

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It's interesting that none of the sellers have any photos of the workmanship (or lack of) on the inside.

"Don't ask, don't tell"

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AuroraOldRadios stated:
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Don't ask, don't tell"


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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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Please! Tell me how this is done. I've tried selling on E-Bay but without success. My radios were recapped restored -----and I thought displayed but Who knows buyers now a days

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Brings to mind this youtube vid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSKQ3ZNQ_O8


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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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rja2907@comcast.net wrote:
Please! Tell me how this is done. I've tried selling on E-Bay but without success. My radios were recapped restored -----and I thought displayed but Who knows buyers now a days

Jim
Any chance there is an old auction of yours available for us to see an example of your listings? It's easier to critique when we know where you are starting from.

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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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rja2907@comcast.net wrote:
Please! Tell me how this is done. I've tried selling on E-Bay but without success. My radios were recapped restored -----and I thought displayed but Who knows buyers now a days

Jim


I've documented my failure on ebay.
http://analogdial.com/ebay/ebay1.html

I didn't know about MAAS and "Lustra" at the time. Maybe I'll try again someday.


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 Post subject: Re: Short history of a Philco Hippo from $20 to $545
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One thing that surprised me was that repairing a radio to sell it has no psychological reward. I'd rather keep it or give it to somebody who would appreciate it.


I find that restoring a radio to my personal abilities is a great reward. There is great appreciation when I turn-on a radio after it has gone through the process of replacing the electronic components and hearing that radio play clearly and static free across the broadcast band.
In that regard, this is a rewarding hobby.


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decoflair wrote:
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One thing that surprised me was that repairing a radio to sell it has no psychological reward. I'd rather keep it or give it to somebody who would appreciate it.


I find that restoring a radio to my personal abilities is a great reward. There is great appreciation when I turn-on a radio after it has gone through the process of replacing the electronic components and hearing that radio play clearly and static free across the broadcast band.
In that regard, this is a rewarding hobby.


I agree! Notice I wrote restoring it to sell it. I just didn't get that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you bring an old radio back to life, because I knew I wasn't going to have it in a week or two.

Maybe I'd feel differently if I knew I'd make $10 an hour. I think my mistake was starting the bidding at $1.99.


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I agree! Notice I wrote restoring it to sell it. I just didn't get that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you bring an old radio back to life, because I knew I wasn't going to have it in a week or two.
Maybe I'd feel differently if I knew I'd make $10 an hour. I think my mistake was starting the bidding at $1.99.

Yes, I understand, Skyking. I know the feeling.


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