Buying a router on e-bay.

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Blog entry by richgreer posted 01-17-2011 09:27 PM 5708 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I wanted a fixed base router to use with my dovetail jig. After some research I decided that the Hitachi M12VC was the one I wanted. New ones were available on e-bay from $99 to $203. I bought the $99 one with free shipping.

Today I went to Lowe’s to pick up some sandpaper. There I saw the same router on sale for $89. Good grief.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 09:28 PM

Sorry !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 11:21 PM

That happens to me a lot . You didn't get hurt too badly though. Nice router. -Jack

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 11:31 PM

Sounds like a good deal. Have you seen the plunge base sold separately anywhere? I’d like to pick one of these up but I can’t seem to find a plunge base anywhere except for when its sold as a combo.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 11:41 PM

Rich—Some days are diamonds, some days are stones. The eBay seller must not have the same juice that Lowes has. You still got a good deal … lists it at $133.10.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 11:57 PM

I had that hapen to me with a nail gun bought it on ebay fop 29.00 dollars the next day I got a flier from HF. 19.95, but it works great, so Im not to mad now.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 01:40 AM

Ouch! Still, you did ok.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 02:02 AM

I often double check Lowes vs. Amazon. Sometimes I am surprised.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 02:28 AM

i’m in the same boat, but it was my saw that i seen on sale after i bought it. The difference was about $500.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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David Craig

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 06:58 AM

You didn’t do bad Rich, especially considering the free shipping portion, which was probably figured into the price in the first place. If you would have ordered it online from Lowes, you would have had to tack on a shipping charge. Same way with Amazon, they often incorporate shipping into the price which is why some of their items can go a little higher than other places.

Congrats on your new purchase and use it with no regrets,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 07:05 AM

Yeah, the 2 and a quarter HP Ridgid fixed and plunge base kit is now $129 at my HD, marked down from $199, and I thought $159 two week ago was a good price. The Porter Cable fixed base is at $99 at HD. This is why I say keep your powder dry and wait till the good stuff goes on sale mid January.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 11:50 AM

Caveat emptor. (let the buyer beware)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 05:08 PM

What’s Ebay? Amazon inflates the listed price. I can never find anyone selling things for as much as their quoted list price.

No, I don’t shop on Ebay. And I check out the price locally first, because shipping costs are sometimes a real issue, when shipping to Alaska. And most free shipping, when you can find and read the fine print….....excludes Alaska and Hawaii… know, they are concerned about the packages getting too cold or too hot….........right?

Oh well, welcome to the born yesterday club Rich…..............I am the president of the club… if you ever want to do it wrong, just ask me how, I have had lots of experience….................(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 03-11-2011 10:30 PM

Look at it this way , Rich …amazons price today is $105 …you did alright : )
Disappointing as it may be , no matter how much price checking we do , someone will always get the tool at a lower price than we did.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 12-25-2013 11:31 PM

I bought my power tools from shops selling power tools and machine tools. I am lucky to live in a town where there are many tool shops.

Three days ago I bought a Bosch Professional jigsaw GST80PBE for about USD160.00. It came with 15 blades . It was apowerful jigsaw and I am happy with it.

There also many companies selling tools on line here and I use them only to compare prices.

We are not blessed with plenty of money. A little saved is still a saving.


-- asm

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