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Forum topic by pariswoodworking posted 08-29-2011 12:29 AM 1052 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2011 12:29 AM

I was shopping on ebay this morning and started wondering, How often does someone get an unbelivable deal. I mean like paying $5 plus shipping for a old stanley bailey #5 plane. I have found a few great deals but never any quite so good. Has anybody found deals like this?

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#1 posted 08-29-2011 12:37 AM

posted a 99 cents deal today.

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#2 posted 08-29-2011 12:41 AM

Normally not that great of a deal. The good part of ebay is you can find something specific that you might be looking for. The deals come from running around in antique stores, flea markets, yard sales, etc.

I did get a sweet SURFORM plane yesterday in this combo deal…

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#3 posted 08-29-2011 01:49 AM

Mostly you’ll find bargains on broken stuff that needs work, obsolete
things, and in some situations where the seller is specifying local
pickup only.

To be sure, sometimes seller post things as BuyItNow listings at
bargain prices. I picked up a 8 piece set of Marples heavy duty
chisels recently for about $50 because the seller listed them
as BuyItNows – he almost certainly would have got closer to $80
for the set if he’d let them run as an auction.

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 04:28 AM

I have always paid fair prices for things on ebay (mainly because I refuse to be sucked into any bidding wars) but have never run accross any stelar deals.

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#5 posted 08-29-2011 04:51 AM

I’ve gotten a few deals, that, if I didn’t have to pay shipping, would have been great deals, but not so great after figuring in shipping cost. Also, almost everything I have bought off of ebay usually requires a bit of work to get them usable. At the very least, they take some serious work to clean them up. Still, I usually can’t afford the good new tools so, restoring old ones is the best way I can get tools of good quality. We have a flea market that is held each month in my area. That is where I have been able to find the best deals. I bought a 28” Disston Mitre Box Saw in quite good condition for only $10 once. Recently, I found a rather unusual and collectible brace for only $5. The best was a 4” Starrett Combination square for only $10 recently.


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#6 posted 08-29-2011 05:13 AM

I am a regular on ebay. Recent purchases include a plunge base for my Porter Cable router. The other was a Porter cable pin nailer. These examples were purchased for about 50% of the new price. This is typical for me. I have had good luck on ebay, especially items like these which are easily shipped and prevalent enough for an active market.

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