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How to buy used tools without spending a fortune

As you’ve probably seen from my previous blog entries, I am quite a crafty man. And, because my DIY hobby and passion for mechanics require it, I often find myself in need of new tools. Because investing in new devices in not always profitable, over the years I have gained a little input about how you can buy used tools without spending a fortune. So, as I am sure that many of you might need advice in this particular field, I have decided to share with you my tips and tricks about purchasing used tools and not getting ripped off.

First things first, you should decide what you need. The reason why I say this is the fact that, once you go online you might find a handful of items and you will find yourself wanting to buy them. However, always keep in mind that the market is always open so, no rush decisions should be made. Just stick to what you need and shop accordingly.


Then, make sure you know the market. What I mean by this is that before considering buying any tool, you should know how much is that tool worth when it is brand new. By doing so, you will not risk being overcharged for an item that only has a few years left for you to use. As soon as you have all the necessary information, go to eBay or Craigslist and dig for the item that has all the features you need.


Another important step is verifying the product. As soon as you’ve realized that there is something not ok with the tool, don’t buy it. Also, make sure that the product you end up with is fully functional and not overused. Besides, don’t forget to ask the seller why they choose to sell it. In this way, you will avoid ending up with a product that has drawbacks.


Because we have touched this subject, I have to warn you to pay attention and not settle for deals that are way too good to be true. By this, I mean products that have a way lower price than usual. Always keep away from this situation, as you will most likely end up buying stolen property.



Last but not least, don’t rush into decisions. Remember that there’s always fish in the sea and that used tools are constantly on demand, so don’t take decisions that you will later regret.

This is it! I hope my short list of tips and tricks will help you buy the tools you need for your next project. If you have other suggestions or advice, let me know as I am always interested in the subject.




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