Tag Archives: Craigslist

Warning To Anyone Shopping For Rolls Royces On Craigslist: This Is A Lincoln

I know I’m speaking with a huge audience of people looking for Rolls-Royces on the same site you go to find a “rust free” Geo Metro with a rebuilt title, but be wary about this red and gold knockoff, for it is not the opulent British luxury sedan you seek. It is an imposter.

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This Craigslist Spam Ad For A $2,300 Toyota Camry Is A Work Of Literary Perfection

“Funny” Craigslist car sale ads: overdone? Surely. But every now and then one rises above the rest and becomes a work of literary genius—even if it was pretty obviously created by machines instead of humans.

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This Geo Metro On A Wrangler Frame Is A Jeeper’s Worst Nightmare

This is a Geo Metro body on a Jeep Wrangler TJ frame—a Jeep-nut’s worst nightmare. I get it, the cars have the same wheelbase, but just because it can be done, definitely doesn’t mean it should.

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These Cars Were Turned Into Pirate Ships For A Hollywood Film And Now They’re For Sale

If you’ve spent any time browsing Craigslist, you probably think you’ve seen it all: luxury car campers , pickup truck beds on sedans , strange body swaps —everything. But this Craigslist ad out of Hollywood just took Craigslisting to a new level. See if you can recognize what’s under these boat costumes.

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How to Buy Quality Tools for Cheap on Craigslist

How to Buy Quality Tools for Cheap on Craigslist

New tools aren’t cheap, but you can find some incredible bargains on Craigslist if you know how and where to look.

Despite the scammers, low ballers, and junk peddlers, Craigslist is still the go-to marketplace for many used items. Quality tools and outdoor power equipment move quickly on Craigslist, if they are priced right. Here’s how to find the best tools at the best price.

What Tool(s) Do You Need?

How to Buy Quality Tools for Cheap on Craigslist

If you’re a tool nut, it’s always fun to peruse the tool section on Craigslist and then jump on listings you think are great deals, but this isn’t a great way to start building up your workshop. Instead, focus on your needs and start with one or two tools at a time.

First determine what the average price of that tool is (plus tax) if you bought it new. If brand and model are important to you, then make sure you get the exact cost of that one. This will provide you with a baseline for determining how much you’ll save buying it used. If you can get a lightly used tool for 40-50% off it’s list price, then you are doing good. Many times, you can do much better.http://lifehacker.com/how-to-build-t…

How to Evaluate Used Tools

How to Buy Quality Tools for Cheap on Craigslist

Get familiar with the different DIY and pro brands. DIY tools are made for weekend warriors who need a light-duty tool at a good price. Pro brands are often referred to as contractor or commercial grade tools, and are made for professionals whose livelihood depends on a tool that performs day in and day out.

DIY power tool brands include Ryobi, Craftsman, Kobalt, Black + Decker, Skil, and Porter Cable. There are exceptions, as Craftsman and Skil still produce some contractor grade tools, but overall these brands are less expensive and considered light duty. If you are buying these tools, expect to pay much less and avoid them if they look like they’ve been roughed up as they have a much shorter lifespan.

How to Buy Quality Tools for Cheap on Craigslist

The big pro brands are DeWALT, Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita, and Hilti. These tools new are the most expensive and built to last through the rigors of a jobsite. To learn more about the best brands for a given tool, be sure to check out our Tool School series here at Lifehacker.

If you’re faced with a choice between two tools in the same condition and the same price, go with the pro brand. It’s much more likely you’ll get a lot of use out of that tool, but be aware it may have had a much tougher life.

Take into consideration who is selling the tool. If you buy from a contractor, understand the tool has been put through the ringer as opposed to a homeowner who bought the tool once to install a set of stairs.

Before buying a tool and settling on a price, make sure you have an opportunity to plug it in and operate it. Check the battery chargers to make sure they function and ask for all accessories, cases, and instruction manuals to be included. If they are unavailable, then negotiate down as you are buying an incomplete tool.

How to Buy Quality Tools for Cheap on Craigslist

When buying cordless tools, check on the warranty and cost of replacement batteries. Many times the price may shock you, and you could end up spending more on new batteries than the price of the tool. Ridgid has a great lifetime warranty on power tools and batteries, but you will need an original proof of purchase to qualify.

Don’t let dirt and rust scare you off from great hand tools. Quality tools like Craftsman, Estwing, and Channellock, can be refurbished with a bit of time and elbow grease. Standalone power tools can also be cleaned up and put to good use. Just make sure they are properly oiled and lubricated if they have been sitting for a long time. Hand held power tools are more difficult to repair so it’s better to buy them in good condition.

When to Buy

How to Buy Quality Tools for Cheap on Craigslist

It’s always best to buy tools when you don’t need them right away. You’ll feel less desperation and have the freedom to walk away if the deal isn’t right.

You’ve got more bargaining power to buy seasonal tools in the off-season, too, as the seller will have much fewer prospects. Buying a lawn mower in the winter and a snow thrower in the summer will net you the best price. You’ll find a lot of mowers and gas powered equipment at the beginning of the season that won’t start, so the owners put them on Craigslist just to get rid of them. If you’ve got some skills servicing small engines, you can probably get these units back in action by cleaning out the carburetor or replacing the plugs.

How to Search

On Craigslist, you can bookmark a search to include the search term as well as variables including price, owner/dealer, newest, and image shown. Just make your search, then bookmark the page. Craigslist also provides RSS feeds for search, so you can load up multiple feeds in a reader like Feedly for a quick scan of items and price. Or, you can use a service like IFTTT to get email or SMS notifications when a new item is posted with your criteria.http://lifehacker.com/how-to-never-m…

It’s best to search the general Craiglist search box, as tools are not always listed in the tools category. You’ll also find them under household, garage sale, general, farm and garden, and free!

However, be careful to avoid stolen tools. Tools are often the first thing that thieves grab when pilfering an open garage or jobsite. If something seems fishy about a deal that is too good to be true, or the seller is just acting suspicious, it’s best to walk away. Tools that are new-in-box (NIB) that someone wants to dump cheaply should raise a red flags. Buying stolen goods and tools is bad karma. Don’t do it!

When you eventually find that perfect tool, contact the seller and set up a meeting. Be sure to check out our Craiglist buying guide and negotiation starter for tips on getting the most out of your deal. Good luck!http://lifehacker.com/5915608/how-ca…http://lifehacker.com/5974807/how-to…

Photos by Charles & Hudson and Tool Crave.


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A lesson in how not to negotiate

I mentioned last week that I listed the Buick on Craigslist for $7,850. I’ve had some inquiries, some emailed low-ball offers, lots of questions, and the ubiquotious is X still available which is followed by absolutely nothing. So far I haven’t been asked to trade for a Sportster, which is something heretofore I have always been offered whenever I’ve sold a car on Craigslist.

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This Is How You Make A Craigslist Ad 

We’ve seen all kinds of ways people have tried to set their Craigslist ad apart from the hundreds of thousands of used car listings. While some have become Internet famous, they haven’t always resulted in a successful sale . This ad for a 1988 205 GTI might not be funny, but it is an excellent model to follow.

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Learn How to Easily Detect Counterfeit Bills with This Video

When you’re selling your stuff in person—either through Craigslist or some other service—knowing how to detect a counterfeit bill can keep you from getting scammed. You may already know a few of these tricks, but some of these methods can help you spot the more subtle differences.

The last thing you want to do is trade your goods and services for next to nothing. This video from Tien Nguyen and the Ted-Ed YouTube channel explains the major security features of all US bills printed after 1996. Some of the subtle tells are that a real bill will have small red and blue fibers, the bill’s portrait has depth to make it look lifelike, and the space between each digit of the serial number is even. There also are pens you can buy that contain chemicals for detecting counterfeits, and if you have a black light, you can use it to spot a 1 mm wide strip of invisible ink. You can spot the strip by holding it up to daylight as well. The more methods you know, the more likely you’ll keep yourself from getting duped.

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Man Makes Awesome Video, Still Can’t Sell His Ford Taurus

An Omaha man is trying to sell his 2002 Ford Taurus for $3,000 on Craigslist. Rather than just take a few pictures and write a description, he decided to give Ford’s best selling sedan the attention it deserves with a pretty impressive video. He has gotten a lot of press, but no offers for some odd reason.

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Missing Restricted Military Gear Keeps Popping Up for Sale on eBay

A few years ago, the Pentagon started misplacing some very expensive and highly sensitive equipment. As if that weren’t embarrassing enough, the equipment has since started appearing on sites like eBay and Craigslist.

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