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 Post subject: Tony Fisher's unique signed WHITE PLASTIC CONTAINER
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 2:07 pm 
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On Thursday 25th May I shall be starting a 10 day auction for a new signed white plastic container. I have never hidden the fact that I don't like white plastic. However I know others do and decided to give it a try. This puzzle is identical (apart from the colouring of cause) to the black one I showed a short time ago. I am currently making a small number of the black ones ready for the Dutch Cube day in October and auction afterwards. This white one however is totally unique. I will never make another. I am not even bothering making one for myself. Further details like quality will be covered in the auction.
BTW although it looks similar to Oleg's Kite Cube it is in fact completely different.


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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's unique signed WHITE PLASTIC CONTAINER
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 4:22 pm 
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Tony Fisher wrote:
On Thursday 25th May I shall be starting a 10 day auction for a new signed white plastic container. I have never hidden the fact that I don't like white plastic.


Yes I totally agree with you on that. White plastic gets dirter a whole lot fast then black plastic does (if black shows any dirtat all)and you can also get sun bleach like I got on my Super Mario puzzle can.

Tony Fisher wrote:
However I know others do and decided to give it a try.


I'm not one of them. :wink:

Tony Fisher wrote:
This puzzle is identical (apart from the colouring of cause) to the black one I showed a short time ago. I am currently making a small number of the black ones ready for the Dutch Cube day in October and auction afterwards.


Good I'll be looking forward to the auctions.

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This white one however is totally unique. I will never make another. I am not even bothering making one for myself.


The only reason I'd bid on this auction because of the last 3 sentences

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Further details like quality will be covered in the auction.
BTW although it looks similar to Oleg's Kite Cube it is in fact completely different.


How tall is this one? Is it the short one or the medium or the tall one?


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It's the medium one.


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Tony, could you share how you made the medium one now? It's still an open question to many of us. I mean, a medium one that, like you said, has the quality of movement of a regular size skewb.

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I feel sure that someone will figure it out. If not I shall reveal the secret, but not just yet.


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Aleksey wrote:
Tony, could you share how you made the medium one now? It's still an open question to many of us. I mean, a medium one that, like you said, has the quality of movement of a regular size skewb.


I think skeneegee said it the best way but don't quote me on that Tony Fisher. Is he right???? I think he is. :D :) 8-) :wink: Correct us if we are wrong.

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I think since it's a deep cut puzzle, you can make it just about any size you want. You can make a full size skewb from a keychain skewb in other words.


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I need a little more than that Darren.


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Well, without taking it too far, I would say that you could build up a keychain skewb to make it a little bigger on all sides, and possibly incorporate a ball bearing with a spring inside. That would give move surface to the insides and make the puzzle more stable and easier to turn, as well as provide for a click-in-place that we like so much.

I don't know if this is true, it's just an idea that seems a little too much work to me. 8-)

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Are the dimensions of that top square of this middle sized container as the dimensions of a skewbface, I mean the whole thing, not just the smaller square in the "center" of the skewbface"?

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And to what skeneegee said about the size. That is true. You can make a middle sized, full sized and huge sized container out of a keychain skewb by adding more material. BUT you cannot just make a smaller container out of a usual skewb. At least not just by adding stuff obviously. And since there are ballbearings it must have been more work, unless he found a skewb keychain knockoff with better quality and bearings that no one else has ever heard off. :)

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The dimensions are 6 x 6 x 8.7cm or 2.4 x 2.4 x 3.4 inches. This medium Container is not made from a keychain skewb (or skewb ball). Only the small container is.


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Here's the video-

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 8744142082


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I know how the puzzle works, I have seen all the pictures and yet when I watch the video I just think Wow!

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 Post subject: Container Store
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I'm having funds transferred from my swiss bank accounts as we speak in preparation of this auction. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Container Store
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sexualRubiks wrote:
I'm having funds transferred from my swiss bank accounts as we speak in preparation of this auction. :lol:


wait till I get this engineering job in Dubai and then we can compete in equal grounds!!! :P
Your collection must be very impressive by now! ;)

Good luck with this auction, Tony's design are always top! :)

As for that video... for a moment it looked like a stretched Dino, but then... GULP!!! Awesome design, what else can I say! 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Container Store
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wait till I get this engineering job in Dubai and then we can compete in equal grounds!!! :P
Your collection must be very impressive by now! ;)

Good luck with this auction, Tony's design are always top! :)

As for that video... for a moment it looked like a stretched Dino, but then... GULP!!! Awesome design, what else can I say! 8-)


I have many engineering clients. I like engineers. I'm an oil and gas investment broker. Yes my collection is growing quite a lot. However the portion of my collection that is growing faster are the antique mechanical puzzles I collect.

I have yet to win one of Tony's auctions, but maybe this is the one.


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 Post subject: Puzzles photos
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Hey Tony,

Post a few photos of your collection. Especially a grouping of your custom puzzles together. Also approximately how many different type custom puzzles have you created?

Thanks

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Go to the puzzle database and hit the search link. On the far right is a link to Tony Fisher's Designs. I think most of them are there. Some of his newer ones may not be.

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I was asked to post pictures of my collection just over a year ago when I joined this forum. At that time I only had tatty protype versions of my older puzzles. I have now replaced most but still have a way to go. If all goes to plan I'll post some photos later in the year. Unfortunately it probably won't include the White Plastic Container.
Of the top of my head, I would estimate that I have now made around 45 different puzzles though some of these haven't been shown yet.


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uuuuhh not shown yet!
I can't wait!! :D

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Tony Fisher wrote:
I was asked to post pictures of my collection just over a year ago when I joined this forum. At that time I only had tatty protype versions of my older puzzles. I have now replaced most but still have a way to go. If all goes to plan I'll post some photos later in the year. Unfortunately it probably won't include the White Plastic Container.
Of the top of my head, I would estimate that I have now made around 45 different puzzles though some of these haven't been shown yet.


Tony, you're the king!


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tony, i was wondering if you could tell us where you take the photos of your puzzles. in all the pics ive seen posted of your puzzles, it seems like they are taken in a sort of box that is coated with either white or black paper, felt, cloth, covering, etc? Do you use a special set up just for taking photos, in order to lessen the effects of lighting and glare? i was jjust wondering if you could tell us, because that is one of the main problems i have with taking photos of puzzles, the glare from the stickers. :?


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Use diffuse light and don't use the flash on your camera, or at least cover your flash with some white tissue paper to minimize glare. You can also use multiple light sources to help eliminate shadows.

The use of a black felt backdrop also helps to eliminate glare. A buddy of mine uses a thick gray fabric-like backdrop paper that comes in a roll and is textured vaguely like stone and very nonreflective.

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There's certainly no specialist equipment used in my photos. All the backdrops are either white or black felt. The black is what my puzzles were layed on in the 2005 Dutch Cube Day photos. Up until about a month ago the photos were taken with a 1 megapixel stills facility on my camcorder. Unfortunately this doesn't have a flash so I was messing around with one of those portable maintenance lights. Now however I have a compact digital stills camara and I simply use the flash. Occasionally you get glare if the angle's wrong but mostly it's ok. I dont put anything over the flash to diffuse it. I have thought about using a box but currently just drape the cloth over a sofa edge and floor or some wood on my work bench.


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Tony Fisher, why you never put here the direct link to the auction?

It would be nice to have the link here, I think.

Thanks

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For some bizarre reason I never even thought of it. I will do it in the future. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tony-Fishers-WHIT ... dZViewItem


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With the auction rapidly approaching it's conclusion I wanted to remind bidders not to accept any second chance offers. If you do receive one it is a con and not from me. The winner should be equally cautious and ensure they are dealing with me. Please check email addresses are correct and the username is "tonyfisher".


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Tony Fisher wrote:
With the auction rapidly approaching it's conclusion I wanted to remind bidders not to accept any second chance offers. If you do receive one it is a con and not from me. The winner should be equally cautious and ensure they are dealing with me. Please check email addresses are correct and the username is "tonyfisher".



Yes I just received an email from ebay about second chance offers that are false/fake. And said to forward them any of those fake emails....

Seems I just won this :) and sent payment to Tony. So if any of you receive a second chance, it'll most likely be false.

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Congratulations mate,
I feel absolutely guttered!
I wanted to bid, but by PC slowed down all of a sudden. I ususally wait til the last 18-16 seconds and then bid.
This time I did the same, but it took too long for the page to refresh, so the bidding has ended! I just screemed! I really wanted this container.
I'll have to wait till the Dutch cube day now! Sob, sob.
I'll have to make sure I can make it there!
Vadim


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Vadim wrote:
Congratulations mate,
I feel absolutely guttered!
I wanted to bid, but by PC slowed down all of a sudden. I ususally wait til the last 18-16 seconds and then bid.
This time I did the same, but it took too long for the page to refresh, so the bidding has ended! I just screemed! I really wanted this container.
I'll have to wait till the Dutch cube day now! Sob, sob.
I'll have to make sure I can make it there!
Vadim


Thanks Vadim...

Yeah I checked for that earlier, thank god for broadband!

Yes I figured this will be another very rare puzzle, especially the way Tony feels about 'white' puzzles lol, so I did place a higher bid to make sure...

Sorry to those I've outbidded (esp. to need4speedsolving - nothing personal ;) )... as I have been accumilating a lot of Fisher puzzles lately, I'm happy to share my experiences with them to anyone who asks - feel free to PM me :)

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Wooohooo!! Congratualtions Reeeech! I would love to have that kind of puzzle :)

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Congratulations mate,
I feel absolutely guttered!
I wanted to bid, but by PC slowed down all of a sudden. I ususally wait til the last 18-16 seconds and then bid.
This time I did the same, but it took too long for the page to refresh, so the bidding has ended! I just screemed! I really wanted this container.
I'll have to wait till the Dutch cube day now! Sob, sob.
I'll have to make sure I can make it there!
Vadim


Thanks Vadim...

Yeah I checked for that earlier, thank god for broadband!

Yes I figured this will be another very rare puzzle, especially the way Tony feels about 'white' puzzles lol, so I did place a higher bid to make sure...

Sorry to those I've outbidded (esp. to need4speedsolving - nothing personal ;) )... as I have been accumilating a lot of Fisher puzzles lately, I'm happy to share my experiences with them to anyone who asks - feel free to PM me :)

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Vadim wrote:
I wanted to bid, but by PC slowed down all of a sudden. I ususally wait til the last 18-16 seconds and then bid.


You wait that long in a Sunday evening auction? Geez, you got guts.


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Tony Fisher wrote:
With the auction rapidly approaching it's conclusion I wanted to remind bidders not to accept any second chance offers. If you do receive one it is a con and not from me. The winner should be equally cautious and ensure they are dealing with me. Please check email addresses are correct and the username is "tonyfisher".


Have you considered adding that kind of a reminder in the auction itself, that you don't make second chance offers? Most people who are on the forums would know this, but it might help one or two other unsuspecting people avoid getting taken.

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Since it was a one-off puzzle I did not feel the need to mention there would be no second chance offer. I usually do say there will be no second chance offer though with the 3x3x5 I clearly stated there maybe one if the puzzle went high enough. I am reluctant to put a direct warning of fake offers on the auction as I do not want to scare people away. If someone new was to make a high bid then I would send them a personal message just after the auction ended to warn them.


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ah, I wasn't aware that you had already been taking steps within the auction. I guess it doesn't matter how many precautions you take though. Even when the sign says "wet paint" someone is bound to not notice and sit on the bench.

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Hello together!

A little bit late somebody tried a fake for a second chance offer for Tony's unique white container.

So be warned for current auction!

Best regards - Frank
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From: johnyorkiiwl@yahoo.com [mailto:johnyorkiiwl@yahoo.com]
Sent: Donnerstag, 15. Juni 2006 16:24

Subject: Second chance offer : Tony Fisher's WHITE CONTAINER (Rubik type puzzle)!


Message from eBay Member johnyorkiiwl


You expressed interest in an item titled:"Tony Fisher's WHITE CONTAINER
(Rubik type puzzle)!"(Item 6057102200) by bidding, however the auction has
ended with another member as the high bidder.
In compliance with eBay policy, the seller of that item is making this
Second Chance Offer to you at your bid price of GBP 232.32.
The seller has issued this Second Chance Offer because either the winning
bidder was unable to complete the transaction. If you accept this offer, you
will be able to exchange Feedback with the seller and will be eligible for
eBay services associated with a transaction, such as fraud protection. To
purchase this it item just contact the seller at: johnyorkiiwl@yahoo.com .
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wow again with this?

ugh... sorry Frank, I know for a fact I didn't let this one go. I sent payment to Tony already. Expecting it anyday now.


Frank, I'd send EBay an email about that fake email so they can add it to their database of fake emails. There was another list going - I think I posted a link in another thread about these fake second chance offers.

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I know, you didn't miss this chance :wink:


I also informed ebay, but it was faster to post it here first, because I had to look up the help section at ebay to find out what to do.

Excerpt from http://pages.ebay.com/help/buy/personal-offer.html:

"eBay will never send a Second Chance Offer email with the subject line "Message from eBay Member." If you receive an email pretending to be a Second Chance Offer with that subject line, it's a fake. Forward the email to spam@ebay.com."

- Frank -


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Thanks Frank, If we remain careful hopefully these scumbags will move on.

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