Author Topic: For those in the U.S.: Where do you go to buy/sell used power tools?  (Read 2227 times)

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Offline Adobo

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Surely there are tons of perfectly good second hand tools being bought and sold.  Is there a good website to look for and the list used tools for sale?

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Offline SRSemenza

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Probably just the usual places. The classifieds here on FOG. Ebay, etc.

Seth

Offline Justin Michael

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pretty much every piece of machinery in my shop that isn't Festool i got off Craigslist.  I've also sold a ton of tools on there as well.
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Offline Jesse Cloud

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Craiglist has done the job for me.  Bagged a few Festools there, too.

Offline grbmds

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I just sold tools on Craigslist. However, the response is inconsistent and, sometimes you have to find just the right price point for what you're selling. Unfortunately that may be below what you want to sell it for. So, I've had to make decisions as to whether I want the price I'm asking or whether I just want to be rid of the tools. Probably no different than any other resource for selling. People don't want to pay a lot for used tools.  I've never tried to sell a Festool. Why would I? Those were the tools I was upgrading to.
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Offline Alex

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When selling tools, put up what you think is a high price to start with. If there are no takers, you can drop the price a bit next week. Repeat until you find the point where supply and demand meet.

And do the opposite when buying. Start low, and if you get no favourable result, up your bid. But keep an eye on it, because the competition is also bidding and if you start too low the tool might be gone before you know it.   

Offline teocaf

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When selling tools, put up what you think is a high price to start with. If there are no takers, you can drop the price a bit next week. Repeat until you find the point where supply and demand meet.

And do the opposite when buying. Start low, and if you get no favourable result, up your bid. But keep an eye on it, because the competition is also bidding and if you start too low the tool might be gone before you know it.   

in theory, yes, buy low and sell high.  but in practice i tend to value my time more than trying to squeeze every penny out of some old thing.  all the relisting and keeping an eye on things can get to be too time consuming.

Offline Brent Taylor

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I have had good luck on Amazon, with Festool, Makita and other high end tools. Check out there used options, but read the discription carefully, some times things are missing, but you can alway send it back for a refund.