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Blog entry by swirt posted 08-05-2010 10:02 PM 1553 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I usually have to stay away from ebay, because it tends to be a little addictive for me. Just got a couple of good deals.

Here are my winnings from three auctions.
deal squeals

It all started because I was looking for a “Big Boy” plane for my 21 month old. I have a Stanley Handyman 1203 (similar in size to a Stanley #4 but 1/4” narrower and a bit less refined) that I use for things I don’t want to touch with my Pre-War #4. Things like outdoor deck railings or other possibly “dirty” wood. It is essentially my “beater” plane but honestly it works well, and it was my Father’s so I don’t abuse it too badly. I wanted to get one for my son. These Handymans come up often on ebay, but this particular one somebody had painted over the trademark blue paint on the knob and tote with GREEN. Hideous, but my son’s favorite color is green. So I set JBid (a free java program I use to deliver a snipe bid) and got it for $4.99 … wasn’t hard, I was the only person bidding on it. These planes often go unbid on but this one being painted was pretty much uninteresting to anyone but me and my son.

Of course the thrill of the hunt also lead me to buy a larger Handyman 1205 for $4.95 (similar to a Stanley #5 Jack plane). This may replace my current Stanley knockoff #5 that I use as my scrub / fore plane. I’ll explain that whole rationale in another post. ... it’s complicated ;)

And you may have seen my recent post about refurbishing my Dad’s old Miller's Falls 77 Hand Drill .... well my son wants to use it…which is fine until I need it… then a war of will’s takes over. It’s amazing how strong a 2yr old’s will can be. So it is easier if I just get him his own. Again, the 77 is not a cherished drill in the Millers Falls collectors circuit, so they can be had pretty reasonably. I actually think I overpaid for it, but I wanted it in a hurry (I could have waited and got one for less) But I got it for $9.99 and included a nice little old bevel gauge.

Anyway, all 4 tools arrived and were in “as expected” condition. They all are need just a little oil, and some sharpening, and they are ready to go.

Tool sellers reaped a total of $19.93 and the post office raked in $29.50 There is something wrong with that… the shipping of low price wins always spoils the afterglow of the win. :(

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com



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#1 posted 08-05-2010 10:13 PM

ebay is pretty addictive I have quite a few planes i bought off ebay.

-- Got Wood?

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 11:42 PM

EBAY is ADDICTIVE ?????
So that’s why I have so many !
Good find swirt, I do understand why one needs more than just one plane. I do same thing here.
Couple years ago the postal was reasonable, I always tried to do multiple purchase to JUSTIFY the cost, but now !!! and we lose on exchange as well.
I haven’t bought anything in over a year from ebay (So there is hope for you people that think you cannot quit buying.)

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 08-05-2010 11:59 PM

nice score swirt
but as you said fraight rates has gone over the top I think even in europe :-(
I even don´t dare to think of geting a tool from US + we have a crazy taxsystem here in Denmark
were they charge you 25% of both the prize +fraight and insurence of the pachage + another
185 kr.=30$ if the custom-dutyes look into to it we have that high-tarif on all imported goods :-(
even on tools and educationbooks
I think its crazy becourse you don´t import those things as luxuryes but becourse you want and
will in the end make money to the country somehow/somewhere

Dennis

ps. I´m with your son green is good :-) listen to him

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 05:30 AM

LOL I think just the nature of the “hunt” on ebay is addicting.

@Canadianchips, I’ve seen the post with all the photos of all of your planes … I’m not even close to your collection. But am I right in betting you don’t have a Stanley with a green knob and tote? ;)

@Dennis, those tarrifs and charges sound pretty amazing. Does that mean that every time someone sends you a package you have to open it in front of some evaluator who determines what you owe???
i told my son that “Dennis likes Green too. He wanted to know who Dennis was….I showed him your photo on your profile….now he wants a blue hat like yours.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#5 posted 08-06-2010 08:55 AM

nearly something like that when the pachage come from outside europe , they do it pr. automatic
and then you get a note that say you can pick it up at the local postoffice if you pay so and so :-(
I think its unfair if I cross the border in my car and the blackteam(nickname for them)
call me aside to empty my car for everyting it doesn´t cost the 185 kr. even if they find something
ofcourse ther other tickes then
but this crazy thing that you shuold pay 185,- just becourse they think there can be something wrong
I tryed it with 3 cd from Lie-Neilsen tools and I can tell you they are paid for :-(
and one time with some books from amazon
but there is something about it shuold be free if its value is under 20 $ or if its a gift under value ?
but I discovered if the pachage comes with a flightplane and they land in england or germany
first and unload it there and there fraightsystem sendt them further then there is no tax etc.
just becourse small pachages is reloaded in bags with another adressticket and says it come from
germany or england , have been lucky a copple of times with woodworkingbooks
so now I hope every new shipment from US do that , have to figur out how it can do it every time :-)

but I have desided that if I want a book or tool from US I just pay if I have badluck.
becourse if they don´t have the tool or woodworking book in England then it has to be so :-( on a low budget

LoL ain´t he just sweet , that hat is just a newyear hat made out of thick paper with some blue colour
and something that glimt , you can proppebly make you yourself or get it at a gimmickstore if you have those

take care

Dennis

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#6 posted 08-06-2010 03:26 PM

That’s amazing Dennis. It puts things in perspective for me here when I start complaining about all the taxes we pay … it seems I’ve got nothing to complain about.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 08-06-2010 07:25 PM

when you say that I think you don´t pay much if you compare
what you pay for a galon of fuel what is it now 2-3 dollars ?
we pay around 2 dollars for every liter of gasoline
but on the other hand we don´t pay for hospital bills and alot of our medication
has some subsidy from the goverment and the education system is free in most scools
and in the highscool its free even the university´s is nearly free + there is
a lot of subsidys from the gorvement if you are retired or with out work
compare to what you have in US etc. etc.
so overall I don´t think its so bad when you think over it
just sometimes you want to deside where your money shuold go to and what you want to support

taxes on inport/export is something I always have been against ….....ups the last thing
was maybee on the wrong site so I stop now….

have a great weekend

Dennis

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#8 posted 08-22-2010 02:26 PM

No way!
What do you mean that E-bay are addictive I have only looked once or twice a day for two yes…
Yes I think E-bay are dangerous, but also fantastic if you are patient (I’m not allways).
When I got sick and realized I had to retire, I decided to do something about my old dreams, and the first was to paint more aquarel (watercolor), so I looked on E-bay! Big mistake! Now I’m the owner of a historical collection of aquarel boxes, both vintage and new, handmade, Mads made and you name it, alo I own brushes in all sizes and shapes, I even have a Winsor no.7 in size.8 this is madness… I still paint and I allways use the same little pocket set, expensive but wonderful, and I most of the time use a water brush, that costs close to nothing. -but I full filled a old dream, and I love my collection, and to do this I realized it was not the tool, but the moment that was important for me, so I’m really happy for the outcome. (And when I’m a old man I can sell my collection, and buy some bread).
So I took a brake from E-bay, and my GF was so happy that I did not have to check the latest price development on a winsor newton tin box, with the original colors and pencils, every two hours…
But!
Then after walking arround for a while app. one year ago, I desided it was time to rebuild my self a workshop, I could see that it would not be able to fullfill my dreams, to have a workbench behind the door in my living room…
I was lucky to get som tax money back I had paid to much, so I set a ammount for the project.
Need I say E-bay?
I started to check out prices for handplanes, since I wanted a few good. But realized quickly I would be able to get much more if I bought them used, and so I did…
Again my GF was tired, she is French, and in French a plane are a rabot, and she said to me; ‘my dear Mads you are the most dedicated man I ever meet in my life, but if you say rabot once more, or look at E-bay before bedtime, I’m going crazy!’.
And did I save money… Yes and no, I saved money, I full filled a old dream, and I have again a collection…
On my search for wonderful old handplanes, I stumpled on words like vintage chisels, old tools and so, so did I spend the money? Yes, and some more, probaly dubble.
Now I only go to E-bay when I have a specific need, since I know I’m a easy target – what can you do when you are a ‘vintage architect’ that loves old tools and things with a beautiful patine, and signs of years of use…
But when we cut it down to basic, you can build a workshoop for less than half the price if you use E-bay, just make a list of what you need, be patient there will allways come a new item, and look straight ahead.
Even I bought a Stanley no.2, a no. 62 and a Record 311, that I would never have bought normally as a ‘garage’ woodworker, I still belive, that I have payed just about the same as I would have paied if I had went to a shop and boughtjust what I needed, but I have something unique now, I have no limits, since I got so much more tools for the same money, and I love to use my tools, just to tuch them makes me high, so was it worth it? Yes for sure, I love every moment in my workshop now, and I stopped to use bad excuses, no I just have to become skilled…
Yes you got me started here… Sorry.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 08-22-2010 02:33 PM

And yes you made some fine deals for the 21 months old.
I smile.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 08-22-2010 02:54 PM

Hmmm a plane and watercolor museum, might be in the making. I am glad to hear I am not the only one who is addicted to eBay. I do find that using the Jbid program keeps me from spending time obsessing over the progress of the auction. I set it, and forget it. I either win… or not.

Interesting that the French word for plane is rabot, Are full width iron planes called Rabbet Rabots? ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#11 posted 08-22-2010 02:57 PM

hei Mads
I like your little and freindly rant here and I´m totely agree with you :-)
I´m close to get there my self (on E-bay) and I´m Pm you when I´m ready

have a great week all of you

take care
Dennis

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#12 posted 08-22-2010 03:28 PM

What are Jbid?
Dennis; Feel free to ask all you want, I’ll be happy my time spend are beeing used.
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 08-22-2010 04:12 PM

Jbid is a little java application that runs on your computer that you can have it submit snipe bids for you.
http://www.jbidwatcher.com/

I’ve used it for a couple of years. It hasn’t failed me yet. The only real downside to it is that you have to leave your computer on to have it do its job. That’s no problem for me as mine is on all the time.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#14 posted 08-23-2010 12:58 AM

Thank you, is it safe? Can I leave my pw there?

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 08-23-2010 02:57 AM

It resides on your computer, so it is as safe as your computer is (well there is probably an error with my logic) Like I said I’ve used it for a couple of years and had no unexplained use of my ebay account. The program does require your password and it keeps it there because it essentially needs it to bid on your behalf.

I feel safer since it is on my own computer as opposed to some of the other proxy bidding systems that are all on a website… so that means someone else has your password.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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