How can I buy a New Cabinet Saw for only $20? #1: Let the Journey Begin

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Blog entry by Chickenfoot posted 01-01-2012 01:32 AM 1884 reads 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let me start buy saying I’m not trying to sell you anything, No secret formula for success. Just something I’ve been thinking about doing for some time. I have been buying and selling on the internet since 2002, E-Bay, Craigslist and various forums… In 2011 I started the year with $20 and by the 1st of July I managed to convert my original $20 to over $1800 by just buying stuff at Swap meets, Yard Sales and off the Internet and reselling it on the above mentioned sites. My only problem was I have always been into R/C… Cars, Trucks and Airplanes and when an off road track opened close by I spent all $1800 on a new R/C Truck and started racing. Needless to say that lasted about 2 months and I still didn’t have my Unisaw. This year I’m going to try and use this Blog to document every purchase and sale to see if I can reach my goal of a Dewalt 13” Planer and a new SawStop,Jet or Delta Saw. The Woodworking Show comes to So. California around October every year so that’s going to be my target date.

So let the fun begin… I got really lucky today when I bought a box full of Old Stanley parts for $15 at the swap meet this morning. After coming home and going thru all the pieces I realized that there was a complete #8 a Union #7 that’s missing a couple parts and some extra vintage stanley pieces. I believe I can at least triple my money on this. I have already listed these on the Bay (user name is farkmox). For those of you in the So. California area one of the big swap meets every month is at the Rosebowl in Pasadena. Hopefully I’ll be able to go next Sunday. lots of antiques. I’ll try to post at least every week with the total and what has been sold… For now I spent $15 and have $5 in the bank. Thanks for reading… Should be fun.

-- Mark-

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 01:39 AM

I like your style, I will be watching.

-- Billp

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 01:46 AM


-- Billp

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 02:07 AM


Best of luck with your endeavor.

This made me think about the guy who worked his way from a paper clip to a house:

Happy New Year!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 02:58 AM

Good luck. I remember the paper clip to house guy also. I think I have already had my luck on a tool purchase and may not run into another one for a long time. Short version.

On 11-27-11, I was checking Lowe’s for a replacement blade for my hand plane. I intended to type in planer blades. I was distracted by one of my 5 children and hit the enter key after typing only planer. On the screen was a DW734 for $30.03. I checked it again and the price did not change. I checked with the wife who was at work. She approved and adding $1.50 for tax I purchased the planer. I was full well expecting a email from Lowe’s of an error. I picked it up on 12-4-11 from Lowe’s after they notified me it had arrived at the store. Nothing was ever said. I have much respect for Lowe’s due to this purchase.

I will be posting a review shortly of this tool.

Again good luck and I will follow you Journey.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 05:02 AM

This sounds like it will be really interesting to read. I will be watching anxiously for your updates. Good luck on this and any tips you might have in being able to spot a good find would be appreciated as well. It seems the only items I ever find are ones people want way more than the item is worth so the prospect of buying to resell hasnt worked for me. But I might be able to learn from your blog. Thanks for posting

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 01-04-2012 05:50 AM

First off thanks for following this and posting as well, I also remember the one red paper clip story. My only problem right now is almost all the money is tied up in one item so I have to wait to see what kind of profit will come before I can continue buying. once I have a few more dollars then I can buy and sell all week long. I believe I have my next purchase all ready set up. I answered an ad on craigslist today about an old Craftsman RAS… after taking with the seller ( who only lives about 2 miles from me ), He is willing to hold it till Saturday and if I can get it for around $40 I can make an easy $60 profit because it’s on the RAS recall list and the motor is worth $100. It’s not much but every little bit helps in the beginning. Thanks again…

-- Mark-

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 05:14 AM

good luck, i’ll be following

-- San Diego, CA

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