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Buying second hand

Nov 2017 19 11:51

Post by EBJ » Sun, 19th Nov 2017, 11:51am

Post by EBJ by EBJ Nov 2017 19 11:51

I look at a lot of websites selling unwanted second hand items and have picked up some bargains, my latest was a metal static caravan veranda for my sister in pretty good order and 8ft x 4ft with steps at one and and blocked at the other for £45, she is over the moon as her caravan only had steps at both doors.

Today i saw a Bosch professional drill used for £50 but he wanted another £40 for the battery, not sure i have ever seen anyone sell a drill and you had to buy it's battery separate ?, what good is a drill without the makers battery that originally came with it.

What's the best second hand item you have picked up excluding cars and static caravans and tourers you know the run of the mill smaller items ?. [Like.png]
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Nov 2017 19 12:24

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Post by Tank by Tank Nov 2017 19 12:24

I've bought loads of things on eBay, too many to remember! I collect Victorian postcards of my area, so it's great to find one that extremely rare. Power tools are something else that I have loved to buy in the past with perhaps a DeWalt band saw being a bargain at £250 delivered as opposed to £900 new. Too many to choose!

It's quite common to buy a power tool and battery separately, as I wouldn't buy any power tools with a battery! I already have 5 5amp DeWalt batteries, so I'd be buying another battery that I don't need, and therefore it would probably cost more with it.

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Nov 2017 19 14:05

Post by Drone » Sun, 19th Nov 2017, 2:05pm

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Tank wrote:
Sun, 19th Nov 2017, 12:24pm
I've bought loads of things on eBay, too many to remember! I collect Victorian postcards of my area, so it's great to find one that extremely rare. Power tools are something else that I have loved to buy in the past with perhaps a DeWalt band saw being a bargain at £250 delivered as opposed to £900 new. Too many to choose!

It's quite common to buy a power tool and battery separately, as I wouldn't buy any power tools with a battery! I already have 5 5amp DeWalt batteries, so I'd be buying another battery that I don't need, and therefore it would probably cost more with it.
By way of a digression from the main topic here, I would love to see some of those old postcard photos of South London before the war. My old dad grew up in New Cross & Camberwell. A Millwall supporter all his life. It would be great if you could post a few pictures of the area before the Luftwaffe changed the look of the place forever.

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Nov 2017 19 19:57

Post by Skoolkeeper » Sun, 19th Nov 2017, 7:57pm

Post by Skoolkeeper by Skoolkeeper Nov 2017 19 19:57

I am always on the look out for the tools that you think might come in handy at car boot sales and yes the ones I have bought have been rather useful for that one job or more, ebay is a favourite and I also use the local website freecycle had some good local freebees on that site, [Like.png]

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Nov 2017 19 20:51

Post by Tank » Sun, 19th Nov 2017, 8:51pm

Post by Tank by Tank Nov 2017 19 20:51

Drone wrote:
Sun, 19th Nov 2017, 2:05pm
By way of a digression from the main topic here, I would love to see some of those old postcard photos of South London before the war. My old dad grew up in New Cross & Camberwell. A Millwall supporter all his life. It would be great if you could post a few pictures of the area before the Luftwaffe changed the look of the place forever.
Sorry, the exact area that I collect is Purley to Caterham, so I don't think these would appeal? It's amazing (and sad!) how much land is now built on compared to just 100 years ago.

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Nov 2017 20 07:16

Post by scrubadub » Mon, 20th Nov 2017, 7:16am

Post by scrubadub by scrubadub Nov 2017 20 07:16

Best bargain, footstool for 50p. I'm only little so sitting on sofa made my legs ached as they dangle. Now they don't. Also gambled £10 on a sewing machine that was broken. Paid £25 for local repair shop to fix and sold it for £300.

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Nov 2017 20 08:44

Post by UnderPaid » Mon, 20th Nov 2017, 8:44am

Post by UnderPaid by UnderPaid Nov 2017 20 08:44

bought 25 antique teapots on ebay for £55 to get an elephant one for my late mothers birthday, she really wanted one and it turned out yo be her last birthday. the others were put in the shed for 6 months then one day after a lot of nagging from mrs i sorted out shed and noticed some of pots were very old.
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Re: Buying second hand

Nov 2017 20 08:54

Post by Rockstar » Mon, 20th Nov 2017, 8:54am

Post by Rockstar by Rockstar Nov 2017 20 08:54

I didnt buy second hand, but I found, up in my (now deceased) father in laws attic, a Pioneer record deck. I could not get it to power up and the old belt had corroded and pitted the underside of the deck. I passed it over to my sons Guitar Tech and he repaired the power supply, sourced a replacement belt and sorted out the pitting. He also checked the needle (cassette) which was perfect. He then offered me £140.00 for it as it was much better than his own deck! I didn't sell it because of sentimental value and I wanted to re establish my old vinyl collection, which I am now in the process of doing. There is nothing better than listening, watching the record go round and the needle arm retracting at the end of the last track. Very "old school" I know but I love it.

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Nov 2017 20 14:10

Post by JohnE875 » Mon, 20th Nov 2017, 2:10pm

Post by JohnE875 by JohnE875 Nov 2017 20 14:10

No longer buy second hand. I want something with a warranty and new, far less chance of getting ripped off that way. I do enjoy the shopping around tho as you can still save a good deal.
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Re: Buying second hand

Nov 2017 20 17:24

Post by Keyolder » Mon, 20th Nov 2017, 5:24pm

Post by Keyolder by Keyolder Nov 2017 20 17:24

Not really bought but my father in law used to visit the local tip regularly and always came back with something interesting. He noticed someone dumping what he thought was an old speaker at the dump one day so brought it home for me to look at, it turned out to be a Selmer guitar amp from around 1962.
Granted it was a bit tatty and didn’t work but around £20 spent in vacuum tubes/valves and it was up and running and sounded good as well.
That particular amp is now worth upwards of £600, I asked my father in law how much he paid for it and he said nothing, they were glad to see the back of it…
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