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579 days ago

I’m seeing more and more ridiculous listings for handplanes on eBay. I’m sure that there has been a surge in interest, due to our own epic thread here, but Jeez! There’s more and more crappy planes listed, with pathetically poor descriptions. For example: Picture #1, No mention is made of the fact that the lever cap, cutter, and chipbreaker MAY or MAY not be included… just that the plane is in mint condition. Picture #2, Would you buy a plane from someone who does not know which way the lever cap faces?

Picture #3, another backwards lever cap, and perhaps the worst tote repair I’ve ever seen. Seller says it’s in ‘perfect’ condition, ready to use! Is there even a cutter in there?
No mention is made of the big chunk out of the side of this transitional. It was listed as a block plane anyway. Buyer beware, I guess!

I giggle at the number of wooden molding planes with missing or mis-placed irons and wedges. Hey, try using them before listing, please? Big money, too.
This one was presented as having “no blade”....but I’m sure the lever cap and chipbreaker are in the photo somewhere! is that a ‘Hull’ Little Red Riding Hood salt shaker?


Another chunk out. and, finally, another person who cannot figure out how to put a simple wooden molder together! Happy Hunting, guys!

-- 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 579 days ago

So your saying its Al’s fault we see some of this crap? I’ll buy that.

I often watch some of this stuff just to see if it really sells. It usually doesn’t.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 579 days ago

Like this one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/370713460844?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:VRI&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2661

I’ve been watching this for a lllooonnnggg time. I have one of these

If i can get half that price, its gone!!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#3 posted 579 days ago

Hang on, Don! I’m still filling in my snarky editorial comments in the OP!

-- 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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#4 posted 579 days ago

waiting…......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 579 days ago

Deep breath Don, the Poopster will NOT disapoint !!!!

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 579 days ago

It’s getting worse out there….people who insist on contravening eBay rules by stating that their merchandise is as-is. NFW! We do have recourse! Others state matter-of-factly, the picture is part of the description, and it’s your problem if you didn’t notice a flaw. Beware those who claim to have no knowledge of handplanes, therefore not liable for mis-represented planes they’ve listed. Hmmm, they all seem to price them a few bucks higher than similar examples, though!
Your turn, DonW!!!

-- 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 579 days ago

I’ve purchased two Stanley 7 planes off eBay on separate occasions. Both arrived broken in half at the mouth. I’ve had several other cast iron items arrive broken.

Sellers think they can put cast iron in a box and stuff in a couple pieces of wadded up newspaper. This is far from adequate packaging.

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#8 posted 579 days ago

DonW: Your taber plane came back to life in a big way. I’ll usually skip past the ‘21shark’ listings, he’s got everything priced on the high end of retail! I’m going to have to research my big wooden smoothers, I’ve been buying them but they land on a shelf just for eye candy. It’s good, though, to see planes out there that are just like your own rarities! Gotta go see what I have….

-- 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 579 days ago

You take the good with the bad I guess. I bought a nice Bedrock 608. The guy stuck it in the box, no wrapping what so ever. When I got it it was sticking out the end of the box, up to the blade. Luckily not a scratch on it.

I also bought a nice redrock (nope not miss spelled) for a few bucks. I knew it was a bedrock 605. Still got that one.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#10 posted 579 days ago

let me know….I’ve got a shelf full too.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#11 posted 579 days ago

Lol, good grab, Don! When I have spare time, I’ll do a search for ‘hand plains’, Stanely, Stalney, and even ‘shavers’ for people who simply haven’t got a clue of what they have, or how to spell. Yes, I’ve had my share of lateral adjusters poking through too. Items I buy from Great Britain seem to have the BEST packaging jobs, either Royal Post is infamous, or people just simply use more care in packing there. I’m really hungering for Record, Marples and Rapier planes these days, right off the boat.

-- 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 579 days ago

stephenW: Pay strict attention to seller feedback! If there are any complaints from people who bought heavy or fragile items…walk away. I won’t buy from anyone with less than 99.7 feedback…..unless they clearly had a nutzo buyer purchase multiple items and railed off on them. Do not be afraid to ask for how the seller intends to pack the item, at the time of payment. Hope you pursued all avenues to adjust the #7 purchases, you can easily file complaints when the seller under-performs. eBay will do this for 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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#13 posted 579 days ago

poopiekat said…

“Hope you pursued all avenues to adjust the #7 purchases, you can easily file complaints when the seller under-performs.”

I got a refund for both planes, although I was out shipping for one of them. I finally ended up with an equivalent Sargent plane that arrived in one piece.

With a couple of other items, I had to go through the full eBay dispute resolution to get a refund (and was out shipping).

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#14 posted 579 days ago

This is an example of poor packaging..

Yes, i got a refund, and I kept the “mess” as parts. Later, I rebuilt it as a Franckenfleiger#6

As for me, I’ve had ONE yo-yo that got mad at me, out of over 50 buyers. Wanted a discount and free shipping on half of his order!. By the time I saw his e-mails, things were already boxed up and out the door.

I try my best to describe what I sell, and try to package stuff as best as I can. Sometimes, the boxes don’t quite fit, as in a box I sent to DonW. Did find out one item. Save ALL packing supplies that come with whatever you buy, and recycle them. I also found out that a big pile of those plastic Walmart bags makes very good packing padding. Just stuff as much of them as you can into the box, almost until the box starts to bulge a bit. Works!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#15 posted 579 days ago

Stephen and others: One other thing to watch out for, is inflated shipping charges. Sellers get charged on the basis of final value, and that 99-cent plane with $65 shipping is devised so that he will gladly refund your 99 Cents if you’re dissatisfied….you eat the shipping, of which he has pocketed the difference. A typical #3 or #4 plane should cost no more than $20 to ship. Don’t bid on any item where the shipping charge is not disclosed, period.

-- 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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