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#1 posted 11-20-2012 03:44 AM

Yeah, Howie, there really seems to be a problem with the insufficient base of knowledge that some sellers suffer from. There is one woman who frequently is the volunteer behind the counter at a used goods store here, she was sure I was trying to rip her off on some drawer slides. I’d assembled 12 sets of CL, CR, DL, DR, the sign said $2 a set. Now, to me a ‘set’ is the 4 distinctly different pieces you need to mount one drawer. She insisted a set was 2 pieces. I tried every which way to explain to her that it takes FOUR pieces per drawer, hence THAT is what a set is. Finally, another customer, a cabinet maker, explained that I had it right. The price went up to $4 a set a week later! Same with an old man who had 12” 4/4 red oak lumber…$150. When I got there, it was three pieces, 10-11” wide, 9’-10’ long, and milled badly to 5/8th plus. with knots, checks waterstains etc. Then in the corner of his garage was the Delta Home-Craft table saw/ jointer twin setup….$500! and it hadn’t been run in 30 years.
Oh, and… I do not lend tools. Well, I might lend a crowbar to a guy whose shoelace is caught in a moving escalator…. but..I worked hard to find my vintage tools, worked hard to earn the money to pay for my vintage tools, worked hard to restore, resharpen and refurbish them too. I would lend them to the type of guy that understood why I and so possessive towards my tools, but those guys already got everything that I have. Patience, and keeping my quiet dignity about myself when I’d like to brain somebody with overpriced crap is the only way forward. The good stuff will come to you, priced right, eventually.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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