Sounding off #1: Do people know that you can still buy from Shopsmith?

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Blog entry by reible posted 03-03-2010 03:28 AM 1212 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I do buy something from ebay and I do watch the shopsmith listings for certain things I’d like to have. Watching some of the prices things go for I have to wonder if these people ever check the price for the new item at shopsmith before they bid… or do they not know that shopsmith is still around and think they can only find things on ebay???

The other reasons could be of course with the trill of winning, having more money then they know what to do with, being lazy or maybe that is there hobby. I myself tend to wanting to find things I need for a reasonable price for a used item or adjusted higher if the item is new. I always check to see how much a new one goes for before I start bidding.

One item I’m trying to find is a 1/4” router chuck for a shopsmith (actually it will be for my brother). Shopsmith has them and they sell for $18.98 plus postage. So far each of them I have bid on has sold for at least $22.?? plus postage, one selling for nearly $40. I’m giving up on that and getting a new one from Shopsmith.

Another example is power couplers, new they are $21.49, people are buying them for $35 to $40. To me that is just plain crazy.

So the point I want to make is that you can still get new items from Shopsmith. Some things maybe back ordered and if you can’t wait that is another thing, but I’d say check at Shopsmith first.
is a good place to start.


-- Knight of the Shopsmith

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 03:50 AM

I, like you, watch the shopsmith stuff on ebay & am baffled by the selling price of some items. While there are some real deals on used stuff on ebay, I’m convinced that some folks just assume it’s a better deal than buying new at Shopsmith Inc. I’ve gone both ways depending on price and availability.

Of course, when I sell stuff, I love it when people are like that. Have a great day. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 04:12 AM

I agree. I think that is true for anything purchased on Ebay and doubly true for anything used. Regardless of the quality of the pictures, you just can never be quite sure of what you are getting, until you already have it. My rule of thumb is, I want to purchase for approx. 25% less than the real world value (requires research) or if still available new, 25% less than new price (shipping included). Otherwise, it just isn’t worth the risk.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Derek Lyons

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 07:54 AM

Which is why I tell people not to depend on eBay prices for anything.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 08:40 PM

I have been buying from ebay for a few years. I now buy mostly ‘buy it now’ and ‘free shipping’ (of course I check the new price first).

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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