Stanley 45 pricing question; urgent

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Forum topic by Marn64 posted 09-15-2016 01:23 AM 402 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2016 01:23 AM

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Hey everybody,
So I was volunteering for habitat for humanity and I found a Stanley 45 plow plane. It was going to go on the floor for 25 dollars, I wanted to buy it, but I wanted to be honest with my superiors; big mistake. Now they’re charging 300 dollars for a Stanley 45 in its original box in rough shape but none of the original pamphlets or booklets and no blade box, it has all its blades. Is this unfair towards me? I’m asking the lumberjocks community because I kinda want to respectfully confront them for their BS.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 01:52 AM

well I think you done the right thing by telling them, but on the other hand someone was going to get it for 25 why not you. Yea I think they screwed, but on the other hand there raising money to help the less fortunate. it could go either way. But a least you’re not the greedy type and tried to do the right thing as you saw it.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#2 posted 09-15-2016 02:33 AM

Well, the new price they are asking is way out of line. There are a few on ebay, complete with box and cutters in good shape for half of what they are asking. Next time you see something that you are interested in, ask the price and if you want it, buy it. After that you could always donate extra monies if you have the desire.

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#3 posted 09-15-2016 03:38 AM

I totally agree with Clarkie.

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#4 posted 09-15-2016 03:40 AM

Two things make establishing a “fair price” for this tool difficult; (1) that this is a charitable organization raising money for philanthropic purposes, and (2) that they would have settled for a lot less, had you not put them wise.

300.00 dollars is too high for any purpose, given your description—something on the order of 100-125 would be about right—something well below 100 if it’s going to you.

That’s my 2 cents.

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#5 posted 09-15-2016 11:32 AM

Kudos to you for being upfront and considerate, shame on them being clueless about their pricing. I do this, our local Re store often prices things (to me) very high. But they use different color stickers for the price, and then put a sign in the front of the store that says (this color 50% off, that color 25% off, etc. etc.) if they took 50% off the price of the 45 they would be close (but still too high, probably).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 09-15-2016 03:22 PM

I just paid $130 for one in the box with all the cutters in their boxes with labels in tact. The one you are talking about sounds to be worth about that maybe a little less. Just my thoughts. I would confront them on it if it’s something you want. I would have just bought it for the $25 and paid with a $100 and a “keep the change” and called it good.

To add to this. They wouldn’t get $300 on Ebay let alone sitting on a shelf in the shop hoping just the right person walks in. It’s not like there is a slew of people lining up to buy this thing. It’s not an iPhone 7 but I have grown to love mine just as much as one. :) Sitting on their shelf it’s probably worth $40 – 50, sitting on Ebay it’s probably worth $115.

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#7 posted 09-15-2016 03:40 PM

Ditto the $100-ish. $300 is crazy. If your conscience is bothering you next time, buy it for the asking price and donate the remainder of the fair asking price.

-- Practice makes less sucky. - Bill, Minneapolis, MN

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