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Forum topic by jimbarstow posted 07-20-2013 07:56 PM 1141 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2013 07:56 PM

I’ve got a Inca bandsaw and table saw that I want to sell but I’m not sure if I should use craigslist or ebay. Any
idea on which is the better venue for selling tools?

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#1 posted 07-20-2013 08:01 PM

INCA is collectible so either is fine. You can get higher
prices sometimes if you are willing to ship, but to ship
a machine like an INCA is a lot of work.

There is a Yahoo group for INCA enthusiasts. You
can list your machines there too.

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#2 posted 07-20-2013 08:25 PM

My vote would be Craigslist.
I buy/sell the heavier items on Craigslist (used) or from the big stores online who can ship for real cheap (new).
Postage for heavy items can be expensive, and if the buyer is cheap (like me) then they take that into account when it comes to how much they’ll spend on the item itself. It might be worth $100, but if postage is $30 then I’d be hesitant to spend $70 because that would mean total $100, which negates the one benefit of buying things online (getting them cheaper). Of course if you have a mint-condition type 1 gold-plated, silver-pinstriped limited edition bandsaw and there are two rich collectors willing to battle it out for the chance to display it in their living room then eBay is always an option.

Yahoo groups are of course an option, but my less-than-humble opinions are:
1. If I’m in a group it’s because I already own the item, I don’t need another one.
2. I find it annoying for non-members who have no interest in the tool to join up and post a “for sale” or “what’s it worth?” post, just to sell an item. Some of the groups state that in their FAQ too and if you ignore it you’re likely to get a few “I’ll give you 2 bucks for all of it but only if you pay postage” replies before the mods kick you out.

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 08:41 PM

There’s a lot of enthusiasm for machines for sale on
the INCA group. I wouldn’t hesitate but people
won’t pay the top dollar prices some sellers want
for INCA.

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#4 posted 07-20-2013 08:54 PM

I sold off most of my tools and had better luck with Craiglist…although someone tried to scam me with a money order. I was suspicious right away and contacted my local police. We allowed the process to follow through to a certain point. Then they told me to back off. Otherwise, CL is better for most tools, Especially large ones.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#5 posted 07-20-2013 11:01 PM

IMHO, CL if you want to maximize your proceeds. many more ill informed wanna be woodworkers willing to overpay for tools.

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