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Forum topic by OldBull posted 11-28-2020 05:09 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2020 05:09 PM

In searching for the ever elusive cheap lumber I keep coming upon craigslist postings that have similarities. Almost none of them give business names and almost none of them give addresses. There are many of them, all of them seem to want you to reply or call for an appointment.

Can anyone shed any light on this trend? Is this a type of “truckload sale” where someone buys a truckload of lumber but really isn’t in the business?


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#1 posted 11-28-2020 05:44 PM

That seems a bit sketchy to me. Maybe even more than a bit sketchy. I had a few similar listing pop up in my area during the COVID lockdowns but it wasn’t anything like the one you linked to. The one I remember the most was a small outfit that got hired to do custom moldings and built ins on a luxury housing project. The project got put on hold so he sold off some of the inventory they had just ordered. It’s Craigslist so who knows if its true or not but at least the pickup location listed was an actual business.

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#2 posted 11-28-2020 07:47 PM

I like how Google maps shows the address as a fire watch tower …

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 11-28-2020 07:50 PM

I’m not sure what you are expecting? Craigslist isn’t usually businesses, thats kind of the point.

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#4 posted 11-28-2020 08:01 PM

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#5 posted 11-28-2020 08:16 PM

They literally have the address on the CL ad and that matches the address on their webpage about visiting them.

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#6 posted 11-28-2020 09:38 PM

IMHO – easy to explain:

Wood is cheaper by full unit. It is even less expensive when you buy a full truck load of units, due savings in ship/load/unload costs. Lot of people in wood working business buy entire truck load as it costs nearly same as shipping 1/2 of a truck load. They either store excess inventory for next job (if they can afford the investment), or sell it to help cover costs.

Wood is expensive to move. It is usually cheaper to sell off excess lumber before a shop move (with buyer paying transportation costs of course), then to add another $1-2 in handling/transportation to next location.

Common to have large sawmill offer discounts on full truck loads (especially lessor grades/short lumber), as they need the space at yard when demand drops or shifts to different species. The ‘fire sale’ prices create opportunities for folks to buy low and sell at a large profit. Normally there is 30-40% difference between retail and whole sale price of lumber. Fire sale whole sale prices can push the price gap towards 75%.

Wood is a commodity. Like most commodities it can be used as payment to barter for goods/services. Stored properly, hardwood lumber tends to hold value for decade or more. Hardwood is easy commodity to sell. When a local wood working business closes due retirement or bankruptcy; the lumber is always the first thing sold off. Selling it to another local wood shop at just below cost, is better than 25 cents on dollar from asset auction after expenses. With current Covid challenges, can expect that cash starved folks might be selling excess lumber to pay other bills too?

On my local CL, I see lumber sold for all the above reasons.

Suggest you call/visit the seller and learn more about the source and possible discounts.
As wood worker, It never hurts to have friends with large lumber inventory!


-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#7 posted 11-29-2020 10:44 AM

I’ve been bye that place but not been in it, looks like good select wood.


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