I finally went and did it today. After years of fantasising about it I finally plucked up the courage and bought a typewriter on eBay. It looks like a real beauty too, in a faux-leather carry case and everything. I kept a close eye on the situation for a few days, checking out the opposition and looking out for any signs of foul play, and then I pounced. With a mere 22 seconds left in the auction, I waded in there with my carefully considered bid of £9 and blew the place wide open.