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How To Make Money Selling Old Tools Online On Ebay And Etsy. Snap On, Stanley, Daemon, Toolbox, Saws And Hammers

Updated on March 22, 2013

Make Money Buying And Selling Old Tools On Ebay!

I can't even imagine how many old tools there are or what all of them are for. Many of the old tools are obsolete now, having been replaced mostly by electric tools. Obviously some of them retain their value as usable tools, specifically blacksmith or cobbler tools. Now once we consider how many tools there are out there, just think of how many collectible and valuable ones there are!

Here are a whole bunch of really cool vintage hand tools
Here are a whole bunch of really cool vintage hand tools | Source

Most people look at an old rusty pile of tools and think that it is the definition of junk! I am always very grateful to come across people like this because they are usually willing to part with their tools very cheaply. I have had some excellent old hauls of tools. In this video I just have a few to show from one of my tag sale hauls. I got such a great deal on this haul! A lot of the tools are very much usable and some are actually quite valuable.


Generally speaking at tag sales, you can get large tools for $1 - $2 and smaller tools for 25 cents. I always try to bulk them together and make an offer and it usually works. When you are paying prices like that, its hard to go wrong. If you check completed listings on Ebay under tool lots, you'll see that the good sellers can usually get at least $1 per wrench and up to $10 for a functional wooden handled hammer. What you really want though, is the unique and odd ones, which can go for $15 or more individually. These of course, are thrown into the huge bulk pile.

The key with buying tools is to either buy very old or very new. Obviously buying very modern tools is really easy, and not something I particularly specialize in. For older tools, you want to look for the ones that look strange. I have a few very odd ones and because they are so odd, they are desirable. Rusty tools are fine because you can easily clean them up by soaking them in vinegar. Just make sure to scrub them clean with a soft sponge because you don't want to scratch the metal. As for really old tools, I would suggest you just leave them as they are. Most old tool collectors want them to be just the way they are. This is the case with almost all antiques!

I hope you enjoyed this hub! If you liked it would you subscribe for more? Do you love treasure hunting, selling on Ebay, or just learning about cool vintage stuff? Check out my youtube channel for tons of videos about my adventures and hauls as well as tips, tricks, and countless bits of information!


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      PickingProfits 5 years ago

      I haven't tried offering to buy an item for cheaper but I am certain that it will work. There are so many good deals to be had doing this though. I have never heard of buyersedge though, I'll check it out, thanks!

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      Paulson 5 years ago

      As far as buying/saving on eBay goes:

      If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. If that doesn’t work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It’ll bid in the last few seconds, helping to save $ and avoid shill bidding.

      If there is a particular item that you want that is relatively rare on eBay or goes fast when one is listed, use ebuyersedge.com to set up a saved eBay search for it. You’d get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. You can use the price, category, exclude word, etc. filters to narrow down the results that you get in the e-mails. Excellent for “Buy It Now”s priced right.

      If the item that you’re looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers may never see them.