I'm in an interesting position of trying to sell a 10 year old Husqvarna
chain saw that's never been used. As the seller, I would contend that a
25% reduction in the original price, which has barely changed from the
current replacement model with few internal changes, is fair. However, I
can understand that anyone thinking about buying it would question its
condition, which would pass all eyeball tests of newness. Further, I
took it to a local saw shop to see if it actually runs. A couple of
squirts of gas, and examination by the mechanic and it was off and
running. The guy said off handedly that's a little gem, and sounds like
a new one.
What's next? Do invite a prospective seller to open it up somehow and
look inside as proof? Comments? Is there a way to buy tool insurance, a
warranty? I just had a thought related to that which might work. I'm in
a small time but we do have a very, very good tool store here. Maybe I
need to visit them for advice.
BTW, we bought the saw originally to clear some land, but an injury kept
it from being used. In the interim another land clearing solution
intervened, and the saw was pretty much forgotten until recently.
I'm close to putting in an ad in our small town newspaper. It's
interesting about that. Advertising has shrunk, so it appears that they
now offer almost free ads. For a basic ad, no frills, it's free. If you
want a cute border, it cost $1.00. A photo is $5.00, etc. They put on
their web site for free.
10 yr old, well its just like any piece of metal unused it can go bad,
I guess you never heard of internal rust, drying rubber, cracking
plastic, drying out of Capacitors. 25% off isnt enough, I let my
Lawnboy sit in a shed a year and the bearings rusted it runs but its
slower and that rust is now bearing grinding compound. So to it being
actualy worth only 25% less with no warranty [ even if I was to
believe its was unused , Yea right ] its not worth 75% of new value,
maybe its worth 20- 25%, if I had it in my hand and it started , ran,
cut, restarted, didnt leak etc. That thing could have several seals
and components fail after a week and cost hundreds fo fix, Ive seen
that happen many times.
Unused 10 years in a basement, 25% premium! I guess there is a sucker
born every minute. Echos new motors are better the Husky then or now,
just read Echos Gov hour rating, that is proven quality. My Echo Husky
Honda tool shop says the new Echos outlast Huskavarna. I sold a
similar Gas Echo trimmer, "basicly" new 10 yrs old I got 25% of new
value, a little cleaning and it looked new. This is a unknown person
mail deal, no warranty, no return, no money back, you dont know if it
wont be leaking in a week from dried gaskets and hoses or even run
right. Now if he lets you use it a few days thats different.
A number of other things I can think of come into play too.
1) In general, I think if you went to the store this morning and
bought a brand new, good quality chain saw, I'd be very surprised if
you could get 75% of the price this afternoon (assuming no natural
2) Are parts still available?
3) Is it a particularly desirable model for some reason?
4) At least it's a big name saw.
And, I probably would not invite prospective buyers to open it up.
Even if the gaskets are OK, they may be stuck and will be destroyed in
the process. The result will be leaks that will discourage other
buyers (the one that opens it probably won't buy it because he now
knows the gaskets are toast).
Yes, parts are available. The current model is good seller, and I
wouldn't be happy about a "test drive" on wood, or opening it up to any
great extent. Enough maybe to show glistening new material. I could take
a picture I suppose to show prospective buyers. I could refer them to
the saw shop where I had it cleaned and started.
Re-word your description to call it "NOS" (new old stock). People like
NOS stuff! I personally think it would be fairly simple to tell from
the outside of it that it's never been used. Either it's not used or
someone took extraordinary measures to use it but keep it looking brand
new. If it were used it would have telltale signs like little scratches
and such. I'd have gas and oil in it so it can be started but I
wouldn't let anyone to try cutting wood. That would surely make it look
Rule of thumb is that if it's used, it is worth half retail in good
condition. Even though this has never been used, it will need some work
because it has sat. There are gaskets and rubber parts in the carb that
will need to be checked and or replaced. If you CAN get more than half,
that's good, too.
I'd say, a new one is $350, and this one has never been used. How much do
you offer, and take phone numbers. In this tight economy, who knows. And
for a few bucks more, one can buy one with a warranty.
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