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#1 posted 06-26-2012 04:28 AM

I have bought dozens of machines off Craigslist. I seldom
drive more than an hour, 1 way. I am not that into buying
and selling machinery these days though I used to do it
and financed some good upgrades to my own stuff by
doing it.

I make my deals clearly on the phone, using precise
language and establish a specific time for my arrival.
I am punctual and decisive. If I miss out, no big deal –
there’s another deal to be made tomorrow. When
emailing or calling for a machine that is listed with an
especially low price, offer more and move to the front
of the line. Just call and leave a message and offer
$20-$50 more and they’ll call you first if it hasn’t been
sold already. Same with email.

I never go to estate sales looking for tools anymore. I’ll
waltz in on a Sunday afternoon and make an offer on
something now and then though. Rarely will you find
much better than handyman-grade machinery sold at
estate sales – a lot of mid-century stuff that’s not worth
fixing up due to the small motors and smaller capacities.

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