Best Place online to Buy and Sell Hand Tools?
Posted 30 October 2011 - 04:39 PM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 04:43 AM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 06:04 AM
Some sellers consistently ask for too much, such as top dollar for "barely used" tools, but then why not get it new? Then their stuff just doesn't get sold until they come down in price or their listing slips below the waves.
Haven't sold anything over the internet, but I also like the idea of setting a price for something rather than letting a fickle market underpay by a substantial margin. A fair price for a seller and a good deal for a buyer makes for good commerce. If you have something very special, know your stuff, and/or have cultivated a certain clientele, taking your wares on ebay can be lucrative, but there are a lot of aggravated sellers who complain about having to deal with uninformed, pampered jerk buyers, so Caveat Venditor. On the other hand, if you are a buyer, and the seller seems informed and can comment about commonly missing or broken parts in a competent manner, you'll be bidding against a savvy market.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 02:30 PM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 06:25 AM
I suggest first reading the sticky at the top about hand tool links. secondly learn what you will need and learn what to look for in hand tools for use or collection. I find sources like ebay can be good if you know what to look for and if the pictures uploaded show you everything you need to see. sometimes ebayers are selling something they don't know much about and dont know what pictures to upload. for example pictures of the frog, lateral, depth adjuster, mouth and overall pictures of body. those are key if they don't have them all you might be taking a gamble. I have also found local tool collectors who sell. If you can in your area find an antique flea market where antique dealers all gather in one spot. Also antique stores can be a good source again if you know what you are looking at.
while I have a lot of respect for Leach his prices tend to be collector prices for people who collect more than use. user planes can be found cheaper that might need a little work on your part. I have found not all people agree on what is needed for a good user hand plane. I tend to be easier on planes that might not be ideal but will work. I've bought or acquired cheaper off brands that were really quite inexpensive and with tuning can be just as good as a expensive collectors name brand. not saying his prices aren't fair but that he tends to sell collector planes that are usable but there are cheaper sources of usable planes that aren't collectors. If that makes sense at all. I do suggest getting on his mailer its tool porn for sure. if you love tools its really cool to see.
I found I made some mistakes when I first started buying planes because I didn't know what I was looking at. It is easy to buy planes that wont fit in a collection or that are usable in anyway. Also helps to know what types of planes you will need so you know what to be on the lookout for.
I would be less likely to buy used LN or Veritas on ebay. for something like that I would be more likely to buy new.
any questions just ask I have been buying planes for a couple of years now and have acquired some knowledge on what to look for, what to avoid and what you can live with. A couple of us in the forum and on the chat that have that experience as well.
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Posted 08 November 2011 - 08:31 AM
I am actually looking for wood bodied planes for joinery. I really want to get a set of dado planes and then a set of molding planes. So I have been sniffing around but so far nothing that has been to apealing. However I also acumulated some other wooden planes too that I would like to off load. But that is where I am, I honestly think one is never "done" buying tools however I would like to have a core set that I use and if I happen upon something then that is all the better. I think that the wooden planes can be a good place to start also as they tend not to be as expensive as their iron bodied counter parts, what your thoughts?
Posted 08 November 2011 - 08:39 AM
http://www.logancabinetshoppe.com/ his site.