I don't see how pawn shops stay in business, at least the ones around me, I have never seen anything close to being a deal at any around me. Just about every one I've been to has their stuff priced at new prices or over which doesn't make sense. Saw a small set of used crappy router bits for $150, no way they were more than $75 new probably.
First thing I bought on ebay was back in high school, butterfly knife and a switch blade, they were pretty sweet haha. Then when I was 18 I bought a motorcycle off of ebay which was pretty crazy, but I got an awesome deal on it and the guy lived in the next town over which was pretty lucky, wouldn't have bought it if it weren't. Was less than a year old and barely broken in and got it cheap. Nothing like having a sportbike at 18, never went down on it and put over 20k miles on it, did get quite a few speeding tickets though
I have installed some hardware that was based on ancient Japanese styles for a client. I was hesitant at first but it turned out looking great. Lee Valley offered a bunch of hardware for "Tansu " furniture that was nailed on.
I'd agree with that. Hopefully my comments didn't imply otherwise. Schools/teachers are expected to raise, feed and teach kids. Its too much. Add in the fact that public schools continue to be one large experiment, with curriculum changing every 10 years (or more frequent) based on the "latest academic" research and you have a recipe for disaster. Tracking, mainstreaming, differentiation (differentiation is too much to ask of any teacher with 30 kids in a class, IMO).... the philosophy on what to do with kids who aren't in the middle 50th percentile also changes every few years. Too many cooks in the kitchen.....