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Forum topic by Marpel posted 07-04-2018 01:33 AM 954 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marpel

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07-04-2018 01:33 AM

Am in the process of selling a fairly limited-interest woodworking item (Taig miniature lathe). Currently have a Craigslist entry but as that site is quite wide-ranging in what it sells and most are not specific to the woodworking crowd (so limited viewers who may be interested), I am wondering if anyone knows of a buy/sell site that is more woodworking oriented or how they market to a specific group (both geographically as well as interest).

I see this site has a trade and swap section but no FS section. Not sure it would be appropriate to offer an item for sale in that section.

Thanks,

Marv


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#1 posted 07-04-2018 01:39 AM

You should have good luck on CL unless you are asking an overly inflated price. I picked up my Unimat off CL, and have seen many more as well as Sherline’s being sold, which are essentially the same type machines. Reasonably priced ones rarely stay for sale for very long. You may want to also consider flea-bay since shipping on that should not be too bad.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 07-04-2018 01:45 AM

I have bought and sold woodworking equipment on Craigslist many times. I have always had good luck.

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#3 posted 07-04-2018 04:22 AM

Thanks for the replies, so far.

Don’t have any experience with CL, but I suppose I will wait out the listing to see how it fares. The lathe and accessories cost about 800 (CDN) and am asking 300 (for a practically new setup – used only 4 times) so I think the price is reasonable.

Thanks again,

Marv

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#4 posted 07-04-2018 04:27 AM

Whereabouts are you located?

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#5 posted 07-04-2018 06:46 AM

Post it in trade and swap, lots of people have sold stuff there including me.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 07-04-2018 08:35 AM

Might be a hard sell… from my experience, those little lathes are not all that great at wood turning and are better suited for machining small parts, particularly when paired with the milling attachment. My Unimat can do wood, plastic and metal, but I generally only use it for metal turning (bushings, knobs, spacers, etc…) along with an occasional plastic (HDPE) part. Is that $300 CDN you are asking for, or USD? Can’t really tell from the picture – do you have the cross feed or any of the metalworking specific attachments?


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Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 07-04-2018 11:42 AM

It may depend on what part of Canada you are located, but in much of the country Kijiji is a much better choice than Craigslist.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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Marpel

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#8 posted 07-05-2018 12:02 AM

Thanks for the further comments, and to answer a couple questions:

- my area is greater Vancouver, BC.
- price, as such, is in CDN dollars.
- and yes, it may be a hard sell (which is why I referred to it as “limited-interest”, although I understand it is used by quite a few to turn pens/pencils.
- don’t have any of the metal turning specific attachments.
- thanks for the Kijiji suggestion, will take a look.

Regards,

Marv

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#9 posted 07-05-2018 09:01 PM

I think Craigslist is more popular in Vancouver. Thats what I look at when I’m there visiting family. Here in Saskatoon there is nothing on craigslist, everything is kijiji. I doubt you’ll have much more luck posting on kijiji there.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#10 posted 07-05-2018 09:24 PM

If, as you say, that’s a popular machine with pen turners, there is a website where you may find some interested buyers. They do have a classified section and it might be worth signing up and posting a listing.

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#11 posted 07-05-2018 10:00 PM

The small size opens up the possibility of selling on Ebay. Shipping may add $50 to the buyers cost, but the available market is much larger, especially if you are able to include the US.

-- Steve

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