It's an abstract response and has no real meaning Pan, very similar to the
rest of his response. Go to
it's a tool affecianado
and collectors site, got to ToolTalk link located in a left hand panel of
the home page, when you click the link it will open another page, at the top
of the new page click the header at the top of the page to enter the forum
area, if I'm not mistaken you can post in any of the listed forums as a
guest, if not it only takes a second to register and it's free, anyway post
the tools that you want pricing on and if they don't have the information
already available they will get it for you pretty quickly. Good luck.
Speaking of abstract, that's what that site is like - an abstract of a
complete site. There seemed to be only a hundred posts in total and
the tools that I saw were more like wrenches, and other assorted hand
tools. I don't think that's what the OP meant by "general contractor"
The eBay recommendation is the quickest way to get current value for
most power tools and such.
What kind of response should I give to the OP?
No real information of what tools he is considering, or condition, even his
location will affect tool resale value.
If the tool is in extremely good condition I may pay up to 3/4ths of new
value, but I have seen people pay new value for used! (Ebay!) If the tool is
fairly trashed value drops fast, I would not pay very much, if anything, for
a tool in poor condition.
Now after all that, what is my opinion of a tools condition, it may vary
widely from yours.
The OP has to make the final decision of the value of whatever tool. Nobody
here can do it!
The whole thread is pretty abstract.
For the life of me I couldn't have imagined an email war starting over such
a simple topic. I'm looking at buying a ton of tools from a local Rental
shop that is going out of business, after looking at his prices a lot of his
items are priced way to high. This I know from the items I already own,
however it's the other items that I'm not sure about a price on (Sand
blaster, Bob Cat Skid steer, SOD cutter etc...)
Not so surprising when you didn't give full information in your first
post. There is no one on a newsgroup that can help you price a rental
place's tool inventory without looking at the tools and checking the
HotRod, the helpful suggestion that I saw was to use ebay. It is a
real marketplace with no middlemen, where prices are voluntary. That's
why I always consider ebay prices to be "fair prices" and try to buy
things at below that price.
You have need or just wish?
If the latter, just make an offer of what you want to part with or make
a package deal offer.
Evaluating used stuff is tough--particularly rental stuff is often
severely abused owing to the "not mine" mentality of renters combined w/
a lot of it used by unpracticed folks. I'd discount pretty heavily
anything that isn't obviously pretty new unless it were something I
really and it seemed a reasonable deal.
In general, I use more of a "what feels right" approach than hard and
fast numbers. Most metro areas are large enough that there will be most
types of equipment listed in classifieds and there are I assume, the
various free or nearly free equipment and car/truck advertising services
to check. Also, there are online used equipment outfits as well as the
ubiquitous eBay, of course.
I still hold to my advice, but now that it is rental tools I would offer
lower price than if from a private seller. Most rental tools I have seen are
pretty well used and abused! Visual condition will tell allot. Looks like
new? 1/2 of new price, as the condition drops value drops to zero fast!
Also how bad you want the stuff will affect the price.
I would not buy anything from a rental outfit. They know much better
both the values of tools as well as their condition. Thusly the buyer
is at an informational disadvantage. I would not even bother talking