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Topic # 239820 6-Aug-2018 15:22
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A friend’s husband died last year and she is selling their house, which is too big for her, and moving on.

Her husband was an engineer and a car and bike fan who did hobby restorations and rebuilds. There’s a large collection of engineering and car tools of all types (in which their adult kids have no interest) in their garage and she needs to get rid of them before listing the house. There’s some really good quality complete socket sets, spanner sets, crescents up to large sizes etc all housed in those proper red cabinets with drawers etc and all in good nick. Some power tools, a good drill-press, micrometers, taps & dies, specialist punches and pullers, woodworking tools - heaps of stuff.

We would welcome any comments or advice on how to dispose of these. Obviously Trade Me could be an option but we’re wondering if there are other or better solutions. I had a feeling there are businesses that buy complete deceased estates gear but have come up with nothing after googling along those lines.

To replace these tools new would cost many thousands of dollars but we know that they’re not worth a hell of a lot under these circumstances. Money is not necessarily the main motive here.

One thought is that they would be great for a young person starting as an apprentice mechanic - but I have no idea how we would access that market.

Based in central Auckland suburb.

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  Reply # 2068837 6-Aug-2018 15:44
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Is there a local Mens shed or similar that would be interested in buying/acquiring them?

 

Local car club? 

 

Swap meet?

 

'Car boot' sale (last resort).

 

Older sets of quality tools hold some of their value.  In particular complete sets of imperial spanners, sockets etc, can be hard to get hold of these days.





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  Reply # 2068841 6-Aug-2018 16:00
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Tools have a good market especially engineering as they tend to be expensive to buy new here.

Trade Me works well. Bundle up cheap tools into lots.

If you can’t be bothered get a local auction house that does regular machinery auctions to take them.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2068856 6-Aug-2018 16:28
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You can ditch them at swap meets etc, to get rid of them, but if she wants top dollar some work on Trademe will be needed.

 

1) Accurate descriptions including brand and size (maybe with help from an engineering friend who knows Snap-on from Stanley & a distributor from a carburettor). Poorly described (eg various spanners) won't fetch good prices.

 

2) Don't bundle stuff unless it is supposed to be a set. Eg selling a drill and a pipe-bender together likely means they buyer wants only one item and you've missed out on the cash for the other item. Keep sets together (put them back together) unless there is good reason financial to break them up.

 

3) Research and state postage/courier options and prices. Pickup only auctions limit the market and the price.

 

4) Good photos that show the size and branding details and can reduce the number of tricky questions buyers ask.

 

5) "Untested" means likely faulty, so if it works, say so.

 

6) Re-unite stuff with its case and paperwork/instruction book where possible. This can amplify the value with older more collectable stuff.


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The bike club he was inito might be able to help her also. I think mum did similar when dad passed which his model train gear and caravan. Approached the caravan and mode train clubs. They knew of people buying.




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  Reply # 2068863 6-Aug-2018 16:53
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eracode: Money is not necessarily the main motive here.

One thought is that they would be great for a young person starting as an apprentice mechanic - but I have no idea how we would access that market. -  Based in central Auckland suburb.

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I would look at trying to pass the entire set along, - and be prepared to donating them as a whole, if you split them up you'll likely end up with stuff you'll have to dump....

 

As has been said by other see if there is a local mens shed that might want them,

 

Other avenues could be a local high school teaching "hard materials" - the current buzz word for metal/wood work and engineering,  

 

 

 

If you do end up finding a place to take most/all of them I would look at getting some stickers made up to put on the cabinets and cases that include wording like "Tools gifted from the estate of XXX in the hope they will provide as much enjoyment today as they have in the past"

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2068889 6-Aug-2018 17:43
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Went through the same problem a few months ago. Trademe is the obvious option, but then you're up for a huge task of cataloguing, sorting, setting up sales, and dealing with the inevitable no-shows and can-I-pay-less-than-I-bid and we'll pick them up next month and so on. Others have already suggested men's sheds (but there's a limit to how many of those there are) and makerspaces, in our case what worked best was time, we just put the word out that there was a large collection of tools available and over time quite a bunch of them were bought/taken by various people.

 

 

One other thing, you'll have to accept that you're probably not going to get anywhere near what they're worth. There's a seemingly endless supply of deceased-estate tools out there, a case of rather more supply than demand, so if you get a reasonable offer then grab it now rather than waiting indefinitely for a better price.

 

 

Finally, post some photos or details to the trade forum here, there's plenty of people who may be interested.

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  Reply # 2069093 7-Aug-2018 08:32
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Yeah, the others have it all covered. But i'd be keen to see some photos if at all possible. I'm always on the lookout for gear. My father, brother and several friends would also have some interest.


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  Reply # 2069098 7-Aug-2018 08:41
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It could be as simple as having a garage sale with a short advert in the paper/Trademe ertc advising that the garage sale is for tools and related hardware. You will probably find that you'll have plenty of people through to pick up a bargain.


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  Reply # 2069110 7-Aug-2018 09:12
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eracode:

One thought is that they would be great for a young person starting as an apprentice mechanic - but I have no idea how we would access that market.


 

Talk to local polytechnics training mechanics.  You'll need to get past the admin people to an actual teacher.





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  Reply # 2069182 7-Aug-2018 10:21
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I'll message a link to this thread to a mate who may be interested in a lot, if not all, of what's on offer. Have you made a comprehensive list?


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  Reply # 2069186 7-Aug-2018 10:25
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Any chance of photos?

 

I'd be interested in the lot




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  Reply # 2069388 7-Aug-2018 15:50
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Dratsab:

 

I'll message a link to this thread to a mate who may be interested in a lot, if not all, of what's on offer. Have you made a comprehensive list?

 

 

 

 

Thanks. Sorry - no list but I have 21 photos which give a pretty good idea. I'll PM you.




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  Reply # 2069393 7-Aug-2018 15:54
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hsvhel:

 

Any chance of photos?

 

I'd be interested in the lot

 

 

Thanks - I'll PM you


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  Reply # 2069523 7-Aug-2018 20:04
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What others have said about newer stuff that is still useful.

 

I've been through a clear out previously where a lot of the stuff was antique and wasn't likely to be used. We donated it to a tool museum, who were very pleased to have it. We donated to the Lynn Woodworking Museum (which I've actually never been to. Must get down to Ashburton someday), but this was all woodworking stuff. More possibilities here.


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  Reply # 2069624 8-Aug-2018 00:11
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I've been through this when the FIL died and had a huge collection of tools and machinery.

 

What I discovered for trademe is you need to be prepared to pack and send things to get access to the national market.

 

This helps A shift stuff quickly and B get a better price.

 

You will get poor value when selling through clubs or similar because the people there already have most of the stuff they want. Some of our gear went there and got stupid bids like $5.

 

Be patient and you will be able shift 95% of it on TM.

 

FWIW I limited pick ups to 2 slots per week and mentioned this up front.

 

Good luck


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