For the life of me I couldn't have imagined an email war starting over such
a simple topic. I'm looking at buying a ton of tools from a local Rental
shop that is going out of business, after looking at his prices a lot of his
items are priced way to high. This I know from the items I already own,
however it's the other items that I'm not sure about a price on (Sand
blaster, Bob Cat Skid steer, SOD cutter etc...)
Not so surprising when you didn't give full information in your first
post. There is no one on a newsgroup that can help you price a rental
place's tool inventory without looking at the tools and checking the
You have need or just wish?
If the latter, just make an offer of what you want to part with or make
a package deal offer.
Evaluating used stuff is tough--particularly rental stuff is often
severely abused owing to the "not mine" mentality of renters combined w/
a lot of it used by unpracticed folks. I'd discount pretty heavily
anything that isn't obviously pretty new unless it were something I
really <needed> and it seemed a reasonable deal.
In general, I use more of a "what feels right" approach than hard and
fast numbers. Most metro areas are large enough that there will be most
types of equipment listed in classifieds and there are I assume, the
various free or nearly free equipment and car/truck advertising services
to check. Also, there are online used equipment outfits as well as the
ubiquitous eBay, of course.
HotRod, the helpful suggestion that I saw was to use ebay. It is a
real marketplace with no middlemen, where prices are voluntary. That's
why I always consider ebay prices to be "fair prices" and try to buy
things at below that price.
I still hold to my advice, but now that it is rental tools I would offer
lower price than if from a private seller. Most rental tools I have seen are
pretty well used and abused! Visual condition will tell allot. Looks like
new? 1/2 of new price, as the condition drops value drops to zero fast!
Also how bad you want the stuff will affect the price.
I would not buy anything from a rental outfit. They know much better
both the values of tools as well as their condition. Thusly the buyer
is at an informational disadvantage. I would not even bother talking
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