|Forum topic by poopiekat||posted 02-21-2012 05:21 PM||2088 views||0 times favorited||52 replies|
02-21-2012 05:21 PM
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!
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