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Dbhoosier

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10-09-2017 02:45 AM

Hopefully this is an OK place for this post, but I am looking for advice on a good way to sell my prior table saw and jointer. After I got my SawStop and 8” jointer for my new shop, I was going to give the old tools (which are in perfectly good shape) to a friend, but they have shown no interest in taking them after two years, so it is time to sell them. I am not very comfortable using Craigslist, as I don’t really want a total stranger coming to my house to see/buy the tools. Not sure if eBay might be better, since users have ratings on there, etc. and local pick up can be specified. Or maybe this forum is the best place – not sure if that is permitted. Also, I would be willing to potentially donate the tools to a not-for-profit (such that I can take the tax deduction). If you have any suggestions or thoughts, I would greatly appreciate it.


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ArtMann

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#1 posted 10-09-2017 03:22 AM

I don’t see how you are going to sell anything unless a stranger comes to your house to look at it. I would never buy any used woodworking equipment I couldn’t at least inspect, if not try it out. If you sell on eBay to someone who has never seen the equipment, you can anticipate pennies on the dollar. I have sold dozens of things on Craigslist – wood working equipment, cars, motorcycles and even a boat. I have also bought a lot of stuff by going to a perfect stranger’s house to look. I have never had any problems either way. Do you live in a dangerous area or something?

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 10-09-2017 04:45 AM

For me. I always talk to someone once or twice to get their story. More than likely, it’ll be a hobbyist like most of us and they’ll be glad to share their experiences or lack of. Hell, most of the local woodworkers I know and still talk to have been discovered by buying/selling/trading on Craigslist. I just wheel the stuff outside before they show up and stretch extension cords. If I’m comfortable enough with them I’ll give them the tour.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Rick_M

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#3 posted 10-09-2017 04:55 AM

Ditto what those guys said. If it’s small enough I bring it to the driveway for them to inspect, there is power out there. If it’s heavy I bring them to the shop. No biggie. The Craigslist perverts aren’t after jointers or tablesaws. Now if I were selling an iphone or something along those lines, I would go meet them in a public place. You could try posting an ad in a local newspaper or contacting a local woodworking club.

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Ripper70

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#4 posted 10-09-2017 05:01 AM

If you use eBay with local pickup, you’re still going to have a total stranger coming to your house. I always communicate via email with any potential CL’ers. Then, if appropriate, a phone call to arrange a meeting.

You can get allot of information from the way a would-be buyer handles themselves before any further commitment.

You may also want to post your zip code in the event that there’s a member here that’d be interested in what you’re selling.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 10-09-2017 11:01 AM

Well, you can always take them to the Habitat Restore.

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

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msinc

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#6 posted 10-09-2017 12:12 PM

Do you have a local online news page that offers classifieds??? I get the “scared of strangers because there are a lot of weirdos out there” thing…best cure for that is a gun, but at least with local classifieds you might get some responses from people you or someone you know may be familiar with.
I recently bought a PM joiner from a guy on our local craigslist…you would have thought I was an ax murderer or something. It took me like 23 e-mails before this idiot would even tell me what town he lived in and establish whether or not he was even going to sell it. Finally, he said his wife would be home to handle the transaction. We agreed on a price and then he didn’t want to tell me where to come and get the thing. I was about to give up when he finally straightened up and flew right. His wife was normal, I got a nice joiner and he is still an idiot that needs to learn to communicate with something besides texting on a cell phone.
Bottom line, it’s hard to sell anything if you cannot communicate with or have a inherent fear of strangers. If the thought of having to deal with strangers bothers you that much….take it to the dump.

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greenacres2

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#7 posted 10-09-2017 06:00 PM



Do you have a local online news page that offers classifieds??? I get the “scared of strangers because there are a lot of weirdos out there” thing…best cure for that is a gun, but at least with local classifieds you might get some responses from people you or someone you know may be familiar with.
I recently bought a PM joiner from a guy on our local craigslist…you would have thought I was an ax murderer or something. It took me like 23 e-mails before this idiot would even tell me what town he lived in and establish whether or not he was even going to sell it. Finally, he said his wife would be home to handle the transaction. We agreed on a price and then he didn t want to tell me where to come and get the thing. I was about to give up when he finally straightened up and flew right. His wife was normal, I got a nice joiner and he is still an idiot that needs to learn to communicate with something besides texting on a cell phone.
Bottom line, it s hard to sell anything if you cannot communicate with or have a inherent fear of strangers. If the thought of having to deal with strangers bothers you that much….take it to the dump.

- msinc

Paranoid for his own safety, so exposed his wife to the risk…LOSER. She’s probably a lot tougher than her husband.
earl

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Desert_Woodworker

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#8 posted 10-09-2017 06:22 PM

Thanks for the input, for I am going to sell a few tools. If they want a demo, then I’ll use Alder- it will never let you down.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#9 posted 10-09-2017 08:33 PM

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Dbhoosier

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#10 posted 10-09-2017 08:47 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I contacted the Central Indiana Woodworkers Association (which is a non-profit that mades Christmas toys for kiddos each year) and they were thrilled to potentially get the tools as a donation. If for some reason that doesn’t work out, I will definitely explore the other suggestions here. I may be a bit paranoid about Craigslist…

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jonah

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#11 posted 10-09-2017 08:55 PM

I’ve never had a bad experience with Craigslist. I’ve had many posters not respond at all, but I figure that’s par for the course. Every time I’ve gone in person to see something, people have been polite. Ditto when I sell something and people come. I don’t have any problem showing someone something in my shop. If they want to come back, break in, and steal my very heavy, limited-street-value tools, more power to them.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 10-09-2017 09:14 PM

“If they want to come back, break in, and steal my very heavy, limited-street-value tools, more power to them.”
+1
Don’t forget to mention – meeting the dog :)

-- Desert_Woodworker

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katilicous

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#13 posted 10-12-2017 05:40 PM

I’m a woman. 12 years ago I started selling on Craigslist more than regularly and have met up with well over 2k Craigslisters buying and selling. Most of my tools and furniture are off Craigslist. I do construction and have had Craigslisters I have hired off gigs for work that turned out moving in with my BF and I for short durations and have posted on the free section so many times having CLers save me money and work by taking my garbage and saving me dump fees finding my trash their treasure.
In 12 years as a female I have met people all hours, my house, my warehouse,on the go and at their homes. The percentage of even somewhat shady people I have met has been 0. I don’t count money in front of people so what they give me I know is what we have discussed and it always is accurate.
The news makes things and people look so scary. I think we are at more risk not connecting with like minded folks who share their insight, experience, ideas, projects and passion especially in woodworking bc my favorite crowd has always been the woodworkers I have purchased HVLP, compressors, leftover product and material and sold similar in saws, planrrs, biscuit joiners, ect. Most of my work equipment is off Craigslist bc the majority of people work hard, are good people and have good deals.
There are things I have learned over the years that weed out the no shows, time wasters and scammers. In every ad of mine in caps you will read the following line “NO SCAMS OR SPAM, thank you!” That line if not included gets lots of stupid scammy responders I then put to shame by telling them their mothers would want better for them then to rip off my 200 tool or whatever. Included it is guaranteed to block ALL scam responders or 99% With that said, most scam responses are obvious and sound foreign, too polite, overkill and just wrong anyway. Any sir or madam, scam. Any I will overpay you what you have asked, scam. Any I am out of town but my shipper will pick it up, scam. Any bank check or money order, scam. But they won’t respond if you use that line.
My ads started as very long. Now In 3 lines I use as many misspellings and common synonyms for whatever I am selling. I tell them why I am selling the item, any defects or damage and then how they can reach me and best times. My pictures are clear and honest and my price is not fighting usually with others. I like getting and finding good deals so if a 20 dollar difference will get it sold faster and buyer walks away feeling content, I am happy. I am not often disappointed.
I’ve met so many great people. I even had a police officer buy a truck cover from me and “bumped” into him 2 years later, he remembered me, had sold truck without cover and returned to me the cover without asking for anything back. Awesome guy.
You get what you expect, people, especially us woodworkers are usually awesome folk.

-- If you fall, I'll be there. -Floor

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MrRon

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#14 posted 10-12-2017 08:40 PM

It pretty much depends on where you live. What is the crime rate in your area? Having a big dog can be a deterrent to anyone thinking about ripping you off. If you can, you might want to take your tools to a community garage sale. That will keep strangers from knowing where you live. Open a conversation with the stranger; ask what they do for a living, what kind of woodworking are they into. that can quickly give you a judgement. A first time meeting can be the best judgement of character. If you must show your tools to a stranger, before accepting a check, ask to see their identification and record their car license plate and make/model of car/truck. I now live in a relatively safe place. My home is located 1/4 mile from the road and nothing can be seen from the road by passers-by; a far cry from the area where I grew up; New York City.

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