I guess IM just unlucky, but the past couple of months my experiences with the absolute jerks that offer used tools or equipment on craigs list are just total junk, nonsense, insanity. Call it what you want.
I got in touch with one guy through email. He was advertising he moved, had an entire storage garage fool of hand tools and equipment, alot of woodworking accessories.
Reluctantly, since he sounded like he wasnt trying to scam, I sent him my cell number voluntarily, so hed know i was interested.
He calls me 3 days later. 3 days. He posted he needed to empty the storage container within a few days. Ok, 3 days past, he first called me.
Not a biggie, but I didnt understand why hed even go through the trouble to mention this if it indeed had no bearing whatsoever. Maybe he thought Id think hes desperate and call sooner.
He tells me oh, great, hes right in so and so, and I say, really, Im in the next town!
He tells me he has to go away on business, can I call him back in 2 days. so I say ok.
Again, he doesnt return my call for an additional 2 days, saying he got stuck on business, so I still say, ok, whatever.
What do you have I ask? He goes over a small list, mostly handheld saws, drills, etc. Alot of supplies, tool boxes, clamps, jigs, parts, bits, router bits, and hes just looking to get rid of it.
He reminds me again where he is, and I say, ok, when can I come over and take a look, I could use some extra hand tools.
He says tomorrow, callme and can you meet me at noon?
I say sure, works good for me.
I call him at 11:45, since he said hes in next town. He then tells me the tools are located almost an hour away, and he can only see me there after 10 pm.
Ok, this guy is a moron. Not really what I think of him, but the rules here wont let me be a bit more explicit.
Maybe a thief, but certainly a moron.
I contacted a guy a bit back who was selling out a woodworking shop that folded. Most of his equipment was 3 phase big stuff, not for me, and if its a commercial shop I figured, its very well used, again, Im not a mechanic, Id be in trouble. But I was interested in his clamps. He sent me a list.
Nothing spectacular, a few besseys. He didnt want to break it up, he wanted me to buy them all or nothing.
there were 40 or something clamps.
I sat there and priced each clamp up as if I had to buy the jorgensens from HD, or some besseys from lowes, used their prices, and they run alot of sales.
so I remember some of the sales what I paid for the small clamps, mostly what he had, most 24 inches or smaller.
I then divided the new cost by 50%, figured to purchase all the clamps I really dont need, half off retail is a fair price. when someone tells me 6 inch clamps, no name brand, I know they could be 3 dollar clamps.
He was shocked at my price. I told him how I figured it, and he told me what he paid new for them. I then directed him to 3 different web sites and asked him why I would pay him for used stuff, then I can buy new online, with free shipping, and he told me I was crazy. Ok, maybe I am, but I had the prices, that day prices, from legitimate places, like hd, woodcraft, etc......and he told me those prices are insane, he wanted this or that, and I told him sorry, not interested.
I get alot of junk mail, so I figure all these guys are just gathering email addys to sell to advertisers.
the list of my attempts can go on, the latest being a jet lathe. It was incredible I asked for the model number and the person told me twice, its a jet, what else do I need to know!
I havent given up. I hope some of yo uhave better luck than me on craigslist used tools.