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07-14-2012 01:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question trade barter swap

Well, to make a long story short, I’ve got a 3/4 Ton van that I’ve got to get rid of before the neighbors start complaining. Problem is, the transmission is about to go. Even though the van is in really good shape, nearly rust-free, low mileage, etc, hey I’m a realist… I wonder…if I posted an ad in CL and offered to take antique WW tools in trade, what could I expect? Would it be a waste of time, I mean would I get calls offering ancient Shopsmiths that have sat in the back yard for 40 years, or could I expect some truly legitimate callers?

So… I ask…What kind of tools would you offer towards something of value to the tune of $2,000 or so? NO, I’m not soliciting offers here, of course, just asking for a bit of feedback or perhaps some words of advice. I’m not totally comfortable with the idea of presenting the van as a swap item, but I’d go for some sort of deal involving the more collectible, higher priced planes or perhaps some LN or Veritas sets. Have you ever done a trade, barter, or swap, and were you happy with the deal you made? Any stories, please share!

-- 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 07-14-2012 01:40 AM

I am afraid you would get loons offering junk or worse.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 02:51 AM

You’d probably have better luck accepting welders and
other metalworking machinery which you could resell
at your leisure.

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 03:14 AM

You can always try it… No venture… never know…

Just be sure to always take CASH… nothing else but!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 03:30 AM

Seems like a narrow market trying to find someone that wants a van that needs work and has some spare vintage tools that they are looking to part with. I don’t hate the idea of a trade or barter but you may be in a little bit of a niche market. Though you never know what will happen, good luck!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 11:44 AM

just make sure the add doesn’t go out right before a full moon. Have a silver bullet and hardwood stake at ready.

I’m with Shane, CL seem to bring out the crazies anyhow, and this is like adding “crazies only may apply”.

That said, it could produce a story worth telling the grandkids.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 12:23 PM

The Bible tells us that one reaps , what he planted.
You plant junk, you reap junk.
You would get the same thing you offer: junk.
What else do you expect?

-- Bert

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 01:34 PM

Poopie, IMO, it’s best just to deal with money. After all, what money is suppose to be, first and foremost, is a medium of exchange. This would probably be the least complicated way in the end.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 02:10 PM

The expert on Junk is warning me that I might be offered Harbor Freight tools. I’m pretty sure I’d not go for a deal like that! Thanks, b2rtch! Some people would easily get hosed in a proposition like that, but not me. Hmm my ad would state ’Atheists Only’ Thanks for all the GREAT replies! Helluvawreck is spot on; money talks, and there are indeed some nutzo crazies out there. In my younger days, I would have simply tossed a used transmission in it myself, the van could easily be retailed in these parts for $5500-$6000, so my offer would be actually quite generous. Church groups in particular around here are always in need of 12-passenger vans. Just wondering out loud.

-- 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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#9 posted 07-14-2012 02:13 PM

I agree that other tools would be more likely. Welder is a good idea.. I just think the odds of finding a woodworker with an old tool or two to part with AND who wants a van is unlikely. :)

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#10 posted 07-14-2012 02:21 PM

You’d probably get more offers of construction tools than antique or vintage tools. Maybe generators?

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#11 posted 07-14-2012 02:31 PM

Thanks, Loren, Don W and Tysk! Ooooh, don’t get me started, hmm, a nice TIG or MIG welder, an English Wheel, Beverly shear…Or…metal crucible for aluminum castings, ahh… a South Bend lathe… or perhaps a textile loom! These are a few things I’d like to own, but would truly put a crimp in the already too-rare quality time I spend in my shop. All are ownable with a spare $2 grand or so each, so many things I’d like to do on my bucket list. Time is the only thing I’m short of. I don’t normally think of parlaying one asset into another, but that van had quickly become a white elephant in the yard.

-- 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 07-14-2012 02:31 PM

PK, I’m an expert on bartering via CL in that I’ve seen not one, but TWO episodes of Barter Kings on TV in the last couple weeks. :-) A couple things are apparent with the trades they do: it takes a lot of time to sift through responses, and they’re willing to take several steps of trades to get what the ultimately want.

So like what was said above, you likely won’t get tools for van. But maybe something else for van that has value that you can ultimately turn into tools, or cash, or whatever. The object is obvious: turn what you have into something you want. Someone with know-how wants your van? Only one way to find out! Good luck.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 07-15-2012 03:17 AM

Ask Chickenlips advice. He is the master trader on this site. Remember how he converted $20 into a new cabinet saw?

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#14 posted 07-17-2012 02:39 PM

Poopiekat, how about bartering for service? Buy a used transmission and have someone come and do the labor in exchange for ….? I’ve done this quite a bit. I’ll do everything but plumbing. We needed some plumbing done in the house. When we moved in the house was “applienced”, but we already had stuff that was nicer. We traded a full days worth of plumbing labor for a washer, dryer, and dishwasher. Part of that labor included installing the new dishwasher on the other side of the kitchen, so it worked out really well and saved me a disposal fee for the old one!

Polish that turd and make some cash on it!


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#15 posted 07-17-2012 03:15 PM

My recommendation…. sell it for cash and price it to sell quickly.

The longer it sits there, the more it degrades….

Either that or have the trainy re-built (I personally had a great experience at AAMCO with a trainy on my old Suburban) and put her back into service.

My experience with vehicles taken out of service and parked outdoors is that they rust, get mice in them and lose value quickly.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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