Well, my insurance company finally got back to me today and informed me that
they'll be covering the full replacement cost of my stolen items (~$3400)
minus only about $150 in depreciation. I'm satisfied to say the least and
will be sticking with them for the long haul!
Now, the fun begins... Tool shopping time!
Good luck on pawn shops. I was in several the other day looking for a
guitar and the prices they wanted for tools were unbelievable. They
actually wanted more for a thoroughly beat DeWalt recipro saw than a
brand new one! Saw circular saws with cut cords and bent bases for
well over $100. Drills that looked like they had been dragged behind a
pickup for $80+. Decided that I'd stick to garage sales and new stuff
and the occasional bit of ebay.
"It's just eighth-grade Sewickley."
I guess it's where you shop and who you know. I've been to the pawn shops
in Reno, NV with my son's FIL and he knows the owner of the chain of pawn
shops there and is a regular customer/browser. I paid about 50% of what the
nail gun was marked. My son's FIL said the owner told him he makes his $$$
on the interest he gets for pawned items and what he sells in the shop
doesn't make him much. Locally, one of the shops is willing to 'negotiate'
the price and I usually get at least 10% off the marked price. Also, they
are more flexible if I ask the price of several items together ...like a
month ago when I bought a brand new Dewalt drill/circular saw combo along
with a slightly used Dewalt planer both for $445 and together they were
marked IIRC $500.
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