|Forum topic by Marcus||posted 07-22-2015 12:38 PM||1085 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
07-22-2015 12:38 PM
So most of the woodworkers I chat with seem just like honest good guys (and gals). I was talking about this with a buddy and how I previously had bought a veritas hand plane off of craigslist from the wife of a guy, but paid her way more than she was asking because she had no clue what it was. He said I was definitely the exception, so decided to test it out. I took a couple pictures of some of the nicer stuff in my shop and posted them on craigslist with the following description:
“My father in law passed away a while ago and its time to start cleaning out his house. He like to make stuff out of wood and had a bunch of tools. Im not a wood guy myself, so not sure what the stuff is. Here are a few things for sale:
Festool Shop Vac and Round Sander – Looks like its in good shape. He kept it upstairs. $100
There are a couple other big machines in the pictures, not sure what they are. Make me an offer if you’re interested.”
I assumed the majority would be like me, honest guy, trying to do the right thing especially with a death in the family and obvious ignorance of the seller (I intentionally tried to be dumb, calling stuff shop vacs, radial arm saw, and the like). Boy was I disappointed.
I had the ad up for 4 hours. Here are the stats on communications:
Number of emails received: 72
That last one was surprising as most of the stuff I listed there holds it value pretty well used and I was offering about $8k in retail for under $1k.
The item that got the most interest was the domino “router” (I chuckled as I wrote that). I had 14 emails that asked to buy that and only that. I emailed all 14 of those people back and said that there was a lot of interest in this particular item and wondered if I had priced it too low. 12 people either said my price right or about right, 1 person did not respond before the ad was pulled, and the final person said I had in fact priced it too low and offered me the paltry sum of $300 for the Domino kit and systainer of domino biscuits (retail value, $1295, I would say used in my market, easily could get $750-$800).
So what does this prove? Not a damn thing really. I was just bored and wanted to see what kind of people were out there. I’m a little disappointed that there were so many vultures out there ready to take advantage of an obvious idiot (that’s me!), but I suppose that’s just the hippie woodworker in me who believes in karma!