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882 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tip purchasing used planes ebay bidding collecting

Hey, there’s lots of deals to be had, and quite a few clunkers as well on eBay. Let’s do a heads-up on what we’ve experienced, good and bad, for the benefit of those who might like to snag a few specimens for their collection. Yes, globally, it is indeed the best place to study what price planes will bring in the marketplace. BUT! You MUST ignore those ridiculous “Buy It Now”postings, because they are typically way overpriced and offered by opportunistic sellers who think somebody is going to pay three times the going rate for a given plane.

Filter your eBay search for ‘Items ending soonest’. Select an individual plane that suits your fancy. click on ‘bids’ or ‘bid history’ See what various collectors have bid on this particular posting. Click on ‘watch this item’ Then you will be notified by email of new bids, and what the final selling price is. Tip: If a seller declares something like” i really don’t know anything about planes” there usually is a problem with it that he doesn’t want to mention. NO seller with integrity will have a need to protect himself with a ‘buyer beware’ disclaimer. Under no circumstances bid on an item offered by a seller with less than 99.8% feedback. Look into a seller’s negative feedback history, just to see if the negs he has gotten are legitimate or not. If there’s more than two complaints of misrepresentation…move on! There’s plenty of reputable plane dealers there with a 100% rating!

Ebay in my opinion, is truly the best barometer of values for woodworking planes and tools in general. Some of the best of my menagerie came to me through an eBay auction. If you are the successful bidder, contact the seller when you make your PayPal payment and ask if they’ll remove the cutter, chipbreaker and cap iron and wrap them separately in the same box. Remember, if you want to question something sold on eBay, post the link in a LJ forum! We’ll get right back to you!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 882 days ago

Y’know, one other thought…as I am busy compiling my inventory for insurance purposes, or other unthinkable reasons too, it occurred to me that I cannot even remember the price I paid for some of my old favorite planes. If you’ve bought prudently over the years, the price you paid becomes immaterial. You can usually pinpoint the general value of your plane, again, by seeing how they perform in todays eBay activity.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 882 days ago

I agree that most “Buy it Now” prices are ridiculous however you can sometimes find really good deals by searching the “Buy it Now” only auctions. What I do is I go to the tools and collectibles category then click on the “planes” tab and search items “newly listed”. Once you do that then you can click the “buy it now” tab. The reason I search the newly listed ones is because if a good “buy it now” deal comes up chances are it wont last long so you have to try and find it before anyone else. I have been doing this for a while and you would be surprised some of the good deals I have seen in the “buy it now”.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 882 days ago

I’m with you Dan, that’s a pretty good technique and I’ve found a few really good deals that way. But now you’ve shared this secret with all of Lumberjocks! Thanks a lot! ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 882 days ago

Wayne (now missing) used to scour the recently posted buynows. On occasion, he’d find someone that didn’t know what they had and by the time they learned it, he’d already bought it. I used this technique to get a 1/2 inch Butcher pigsticker for $20. As a rule, though, the buynows are usually ridiculous.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 882 days ago

That’s a great strategy, Dan! Indeed there must be the occaisional great deal to be had that way! I’ve even found ones listed as Stalny or Stanely or ’plain’ by searching only for commonly misspelled words, but now it seems the eBay search function now accounts for errors in spelling. I’ve gotten lazy, I mostly look at the listings about to expire in an hour or less, so I can jump into the fray at the last minute and enjoy the feeding frenzy. Using all of the browsing features will definitely pave the way to some good finds.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#6 posted 882 days ago

<——No response here, Poopiekat is currently scanning BUYITNOWS!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#7 posted 882 days ago

“hand planer” too.

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#8 posted 882 days ago

Anyone need some plane irons and chipbreakers?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SIX-STANLEY-NO-D2-2-DOUBLE-PLANE-IRON-/200717600296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ebbb38628

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 882 days ago

I also watch the ones that are ending the soonest.

With the “buy it now” you really have to just get the luck of being one of the first to see the auction after someone has listed it. If its a great deal it wont say up long because someones going to buy it. Its not easy to find a great deal this way but if you check it often you will find them.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#10 posted 882 days ago

Well it might be different for eBay.com, but with eBay.co.uk which I frequent I’ve got some awesome stuff from the Buy it Now deals. I certainly wouldn’t exclude it from my search. It is because most tool hunters do, that I have been able to jump on some great deals.

My other tip is to set up a Saved Search. My Saved Search searches only the Tools and Hardware category. It only includes items in the UK, with Buy It Now or Auction, Used and Not Specified, and Distance = Unlimited. When I log in to eBay, I select my saved search and I have all the things I’m interested in. You can then use the search facility to search for a particular item or enter a keyword such as ‘saw’ to just see the saw related posts in the saved search.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#11 posted 882 days ago

Y’know, Brit, it’s sometimes cheaper for me buy from a UK dealer and have it shipped to Canada, than for me to buy from some other point within Canada and have it shipped from one province to another! I’ve bought quite a few wooden molding planes from some guy in the UK whose auctions generally end on Sunday mornings (Central Time).

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#12 posted 882 days ago

The UK shipping to the USA is all over the map in terms of pricing. Sometimes it’s cheaper or on par with USA sellers, but other times is ridiculously high. $70 for a plane! I often see auctions for decent planes end at $.99 because of the high shipping.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 882 days ago

I’ve wanted to get stuff from the US on occasion, but the postage is usually more than the cost of the item. Then when it hits our shores, if the value of the item is more than £18, I have to pay an additional 20% Value Added Tax and customs charges on top of that. I don’t look at ebay.com anymore as it gets too depressing seeing what I’ll never have. :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#14 posted 882 days ago

Oh, that reminds me! Thanks, Brandon! It should be said, some sellers will offer a plane for $5, then charge astronomical fees for shipping. What they are doing is called “Avoiding Final Fees” because they get hit for a percentage of the final selling price (but not the shipping$$). So if they sell a plane for $5 and charge $102.50 shipping for a parcel that costs $15 dollars to ship, they pocket the difference and eBay and YOU get screwed. You get screwed because, if the package is lost or damaged, they’ll gladly refund your purchase price of $5. You eat that $102.50!!! Beware, people!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#15 posted 882 days ago

Andy, does it make a difference which carrier you use for delivery? I have to specifically avoid Fed-Ex and UPS, because they always have their hand out for Customs and Brokerage fees, (yet they ARE their own brokers!) I insist on domestic Canada Post, Royal Mail, or USPS depending on origin. I’ve never been hit with a charge at the door by CanadaPost. I’ve long suspected that those who INSIST on UPS have an account with them, and get some sort of kickback or hidden discount, which they put in their pocket secretly.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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