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Forum topic by richgreer posted 06-05-2010 09:54 PM 1870 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2010 09:54 PM

Someone on e-bay just spent $426 plus shipping for a used Festool router that has no warranty. The same router, new and with a full 3 year warranty, sells for $470.

Things like this happen all the time on e-bay (for sellers other than me). OTOH, if you know what you are doing, sometimes you can get some great bargains.

The best Festool bargains on ebay tend to be tools that have no case (systainer) and/or tools that show some signs of wear.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 09:59 PM

I’ve never had alot of luck on E bay my problem I don’t have the patients to sit there and go threw everything to find the good deals My loss I guess….............Schloemoe

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 10:25 PM

Ebay is a lot like Craigslist. Patience is mandatory to get the best deals.

-- Gerry,

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 10:32 PM

Like they say there’s one born everyday.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 10:38 PM

i’ve got some good deals ebay wise, like my craftsman compound miter brand new in box for 40 bucks! the little laser dont work but i dont trust ‘em anyway

-- I know its around here somewhere...

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#5 posted 06-05-2010 11:34 PM

I just got a Rigid 16” scroll saw for $49 plus shipping from ebay. I just unpacked it today and have not tryed it yet. I did plug it in too see if it runs and it does.


-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#6 posted 06-06-2010 12:12 AM

I’ve had great luck with ebay but I’ve never used it for buying anything other than camera gear. Seems the rules are about the same for the best deal- something with no case, several years old, it’s best if there are 3-4 more modern models available than the one you want (but not so old that it is considered “valuable” for its model).

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 06-06-2010 12:19 AM

I’ve gotten some very good deals, but they seem to be getting harder to find.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-06-2010 12:36 AM

I have seen more fools at auctions. They can actually see in person what they are getting and still way over bid. I have never bought used tools so cannot relate. Anything I have bought on E-bay, I have been pleased with my purchase and felt I got a good deal.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-06-2010 12:49 AM

I have lucked into some very good deals on ebay, but they are far between.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 06-06-2010 12:51 AM

Oh no did I pay to much LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 06-06-2010 01:11 AM

One thing I came across online once was that sometimes you see people buy an item like that on ebay because, for whatever reason, it can’t be obtained via regular routes. You saw this happen when the iPad came out. LOTS of money to be made from overseas buyers.

Perhaps something like this occurred with the festool.

Then again, perhaps it was a Forrest Gump moment….. ;-)

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#12 posted 06-06-2010 01:44 AM

There’s allot of these at flea markets, craiglist, etc…
They sell a used tools not much price difference than buying a new one.

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#13 posted 06-06-2010 02:42 PM

A couple of years ago, I went to an auction offering a large selection of tools. Prior to the auction, I inspected the items, and found a couple of Craftsman circular saws and a what appeared to be a brand new Festool saw(with the systainer and the 55” guide). I decided I would bid on the Festool. Before the Festools came up the auctioneer auctioned off one of the Craftsman saws. The retail value of the saw $59 new, but sold at auction for $50. The second Craftsman went for $45. I was really disappointed thinking that if the Craftsman went that high, I wouldn’t have a chance at the Festool. However, when the Festool was offered, only one other guy and I bid on it. I ended up with the winning bid of $45. When I went to claim the saw, I pointed out the the guide rail was part of the saw and they just gave it to me. I have been to many auctions, where bidders pay much more than an item is worth, i have probably been guilty of it myself, but have seen an equal number of items sold for much less than their value. I guess that is part of the fun in going to an auction. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#14 posted 06-06-2010 07:48 PM

So many times egos do the bidding at auctions, including ebay. At one auction I was at they were getting rid of electrical service boxes. Like the ones that hold your circuit breakers, but bigger. Nothing else, no breakers, no wire, no conduit included. These two guys went and started their bidding with “I’m gonna win this.” Ran the price up to over $2000! The next three went for $120 total-$40 each.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#15 posted 06-06-2010 08:24 PM

I was to a auction earlier this year and a no brand 15” planer sold for $1500. You can get a 15” grizzly planer for $995 plus shipping and I think that the Grizzly would be a better planer than the no brand one was.


-- alaskan79, Michigan

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