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802 days ago

I see a lot of hand tools at antique malls priced at $22. Is there a reason for this? Something to do with numerology, astrology, eastern religions, or Las Vegas?

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#1 posted 802 days ago

i think it has something to do with being twice the fifth prime number… and vegas

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#2 posted 802 days ago

It is an old ancient woodworkers proverb from the book of sawdust that says “If it is quality and only cost 22 then it probably isn’t worth poo

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#3 posted 802 days ago

around here its $35. $35 is a magic number all planes are worth if they know absolutley nothing about planes. I’ve seen a series of planes marked $35 from a broken no-name #5 to a nice original Stanley #6. Someday I’m going to ask whats the magic in $35. The good thing is when you start talking like you have a clue, they will usually negotiate.

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#4 posted 802 days ago

Ever looked at some of the stupid pricing on the Bay?


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#5 posted 802 days ago

Here it’s $20. Have no idea why. When I lived in the Pocono’s, visiting antiques shops the magic number seemed to be $65-75.

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#6 posted 802 days ago

Maybe the price they’re looking for is actually 20 bucks but have factored in 10% for bartering.

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#7 posted 802 days ago

Here’s the real reason. At the antique mall the “mall” its self takes 10%. Thats why most stuff is $22, $44, etc. the seller wants 20 bucks and 10% for the house.

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#8 posted 801 days ago

ditto to Newage Neanderthal. I’ve got some stuff in an antique store and I do the same thing to cover the 10% the store takes.

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#9 posted 801 days ago

All the parking garages in Manhattan have these bizarre hourly rates. Or so it seems. Once you add the sales and parking taxes (which total 18.875%), you get nice, round numbers.

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