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Forum topic by Buckethead posted 06-29-2014 04:36 PM 1214 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2014 04:36 PM

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I find that going to a pawn shop usually is a complete waste of time. It’s so rare to find anything worth having at a price worth paying. I’m not talking about bonanza, in the wild, disgruntled soon-to-be ex-wife selling hubby’s ball peen hammer collection type of deal. Just a fair deal is like a win there. Pawn shops seem to want 80% of retail for half life tools. But sometimes…

I was actually killing time after a cross town trip to meet a guy about some rusty planes I found on CL. I was actually looking for a coffee joint. I got a wild hair and chose to go into a nearby pawn shop. I saw this marked at $129. I thought to myself….hmmmm. Basically brand new, seemingly all parts present, and less than 50% of retail. Nope. I won’t do it.

So the sweet young lady behind the counter laid on the charm and started speaking my language. (No… Not French, you pervs…she was the same age as my daughter. I didn’t even notice how lovely she was.) She offered a 25% discount. I said 30% and you have a deal. “Let me speak to my manager”.

So here it is, in my clutches. I paid $90.97. Not the deal of the century, but a more than fair deal, especially considering it was a pawn shop.

Do you have any pawn shop gets worth mentioning? Please share them!

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 04:39 PM

Nice score but cmon… you really expect us to believe that you didn’t notice how lovely she was? :D

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 04:44 PM

No pawn shops here. But you did notice.

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 04:46 PM

I have found some good deals at pawn shops, but you have to know how much an item costs new and the condition of the shop item. It’s like buying at auction. You don’t know what you are getting until you get it home. Pawn shop owners are experts as to what an item is worth new and used. Did they let you try them out to see if they ran ok?

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 04:48 PM

Guys… I may as well come clean. The manager was a little old granny. Very hot. And once she approved my senior double discount, I may have even felt a heart palpitation.

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#5 posted 06-29-2014 04:53 PM

Bucket that’s a great deal for that kit. A+ on the D handle.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 06-29-2014 04:54 PM

Yes, Ron. I took stock, and I think there was a missing 3/8 collet, (1/4” and 1/2” collets present), but all other parts were present. Plugged it in, and it worked. This one is in mint condition, and had been used, because dust was present. It wasn’t used on more that one or two pieces of stock. The acrylic plates are scratch free.

Funny thing: they had two RAS’s for sale. A crusty old craftsman and a bright and whiney Dewalt. Wanted six hon do plus for the craftsman, and nearly eight hundred for the Dewalt.

Most of the tools were overpriced. Fishing poles were cheap, and so was this router. I was very wary. It must have just been sitting for too long and they decided to move it.

They probably paid less than $60 for it. They offer pennies on the dollar.

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#7 posted 06-29-2014 04:54 PM

Ya I pretty much gave up on pawns because they had retail price tags on the stuff. I shouldn’t have to haggle to get a reasonable used price. Sound like you got good deal though.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#8 posted 06-29-2014 05:10 PM

Dan, I had been jonesing for a plunge router to do the dog holes on my bench. I ended up using my makita rotary hammer/drill. It is not a height torque low speed motor. It struggled through the hard maple. With the help of a quick and dirty jig, they turned out plumb enough.

Wouldn’t fate have it, that as soon as I finished that task, the universe would provide the tool I needed a week earlier at a price too good to refuse.

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#9 posted 06-29-2014 05:17 PM

I feel ya, Red. I once bought a bosch rotary hammer for fiddy bucks, but it was well worn, I needed it immediately and the shop was close to the job. That was the last time I’d been in one prior to this. I do see pawn shops posting stuff on CL all the time, and never do they tempt me. Always just under retail for used items with no warranty.

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#10 posted 06-29-2014 05:29 PM

Good deal well done young man.I will give you $90 98 for it delivered to Scotland and free electricity with a long cable to your shop.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 06-29-2014 05:32 PM

Man, I need to find some hot grannies at pawn shops.
Well done.

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#12 posted 06-29-2014 05:35 PM

In Olympia, Washington, I’d drop in the Pawn Exchange from time to time. Their prices were always reasonable and they’d negotiate, if the tool had sat on the shelf.

I bought a Paint Shaver (like new) for $150 and they are, normally, around $600.00. I bought a self leveling rotary laser for $150. Of course, there is no such thing, especially for name brand. I bought a new Leatherman for twenty. A three stage turbine for seventy-five and on and on it goes.

Sometimes there are good deals. Of course, this is about the ONLY pawn shop I frequent.

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#13 posted 06-29-2014 05:40 PM

Most of ‘em around here are owned/staffed by folks who are smokin’ more stuff than their customers.
Really nutso prices for some crappy mdse.


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#14 posted 06-29-2014 07:01 PM

Give a try

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#15 posted 06-29-2014 07:08 PM

I think there was a missing 3/8 collet, (1/4” and 1/2” collets present), but all other parts were present. – Buckethead

I’ve got the what looks to be the same kit (618bk3) and I don’t recall a 3/8” collet ever being in the box. I could be wrong though and maybe I’m missing mine too.

Nice score BTW, but I think I have you beat. I got mine years ago when HD was clearing them out… $99. They had 4 left and just out of curiosity, I asked the mgr if he would do a deal if I bought all of them. Ended up at $300 for all 4 and sold the spares for a little extra cheddar.

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