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Posted on Why do some ordinary planes sell on eBay for crazy-high prices?

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 05:53 PM

Wayne, the jointers were not Bed Rocks, and the high prices were the actual selling prices.

Gary, I live in Texas where the tool market is pretty thin. In all the flea markets, antique malls, and (most) garage sales I’ve been to in the last few months, I think I’ve come across only two Stanley Bailey bench planes. I’ve seen a Winchester, a Keen Kutter, an Ohio, and numerous, generic, low quality bench planes, but that’s about it.

At one garage sale, I met an older gentleman, a former antique furniture restorer, who had about 20 bench planes, incl. many Stanleys, but when I first met him I already had purchased and fixed up the user planes that I need, and his asking prices were not low enough for me to buy and resell for a profit. He moved here from somewhere else in the country a few years ago, and he said that the antique market here is very thin. Texas’s population didn’t really take off until the advent of air conditioning (which I’ve been grateful for over the last week of 110-degree temps) in the 50s and 60s, and by that time, hand planes had fallen out of disuse. I know that online prices are not great, but many of us are not blessed with the sources that you Northeasterners do. Lucky stiffs! <wink>

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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