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Woodknack

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05-10-2016 05:36 PM

A hot deal is a significant discount (including shipping) on DIY or workshop related tools, machines, clothing, books, lumber, or general interest items. Use your discretion. If you think we would be interested, post it. Please include a link, if online, a description, and the price. The discount amount in % or $$ is appreciated but not required.

Examples:
  • eBay Buy It Now (BIN)
  • Amazon sales, Deal of the Day (DOTD)
  • Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD)
  • Sales, Coupons, Coupon Codes
  • Lowes/HD closeouts
  • Craigslist finds
  • Black Friday

NOT hot deals:
20% off HF coupon, because they are available all the time.
Cheaply made tools.
eBay auctions, because we don’t know the final price until the auction ends.
Your favorite or most useful tool.
Amazon “Just Launched” sellers with very low prices (scammer)
Amazon sellers that ask you to email first (scammer)

Shopping Tools

  • What is an Amazon Warehouse Deal? It is an item with damaged packaging or the item itself may be damaged. It could have been dropped off a truck, punched with a fork truck, opened for a photograph, or a customer return. They are sold as used and the manufacturer warranty may be void. Most of the AWD I’ve bought were only damaged packaging but you are taking a risk. Note: just because they are sold as “used” does not mean they are actually used. Some customers scam Amazon by returning junk instead of the real product and Amazon may ship that wrong item to you.
  • Amazon ‘2 Left’ Deals Occasionally there will be a super low price on a new item that says “Only 2 left in stock”. Buy one and the last one jumps back to full price or you can buy both at the reduced price. For example you might see a $50 widget for $8, 2 Left. If you buy one, the last one jumps back to $50, or you can buy both for $8 each ($16 total).
  • Once in a great while there will be “1 left” and Amazon decides they want it gone and it will drop in price until someone buys it.
Amazon Shopping Tools These are mostly Amazon but also work for a few other sites

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I’m not the only guy who deal hunts on Amazon but I’ve spent a good chunk of $$$ deal hunting for myself or to resell and here is my experience for what it’s worth.

Warehouse Deals*
1) I rarely mess with warehouse deals unless they are 50% or more off the regular price (not suggested retail). One reason is that Amazon does not inspect customer returns, they will take junk returned by someone else and sell/ship it to you, then you will have to return it and I’ve had to return a lot of warehouse deals. There is a risk of Amazon banning you for too many returns. I think the risk is low if you are an honest buyer, but there is a risk.
2) Warehouse deals are technically sold as used and all warranties are void so it is the same as buying a used item off CL or anywhere else. I’ve had good luck with manufacturers honoring warranties but when they do, it’s a gift.
3) Never count your Warehouse Deal chickens before they hatch. I’ve received a lot of stuff from the warehouse that wasn’t what it was supposed to be, wasn’t working, or was literally a piece of random junk someone threw in a box and returned to Amazon with the intent of scamming them.
4) Warehouse Deals do not continue dropping in price until they sell. Many people believe that because occasionally it happens but it’s not true for the majority of stuff. I’ve watched items for 2 years that never changed price. I’ve watched items drop then inexplicably double or triple in price and then start dropping again.
5) Electronics are a huge gamble from Warehouse Deals. Don’t even bother buying a phone.
6) Warehouse item descriptions are describing the packaging, not the item. No one opens the box. A pristine box with a dog turd inside will be described as “like new”. A beat up box with a mint condition tool inside might be “acceptable.”

8) Third party sellers (not Prime) often do not honor pricing errors and almost never honor them if more than one or two people take advantage. Those sellers may require you to pay shipping for returns. Unless it’s a really good deal and I’m the only one who knows about it, I don’t bother. The juice is not worth the squeeze.
9) When buying to resell, you probably need to be 75% off regular price or better. I know that sounds ludicrous, but people are rarely willing to spend much more than 50% of retail for “used” items, which is what you are selling. To make enough money for it to be worth your time, you need to buy cheap.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 05-10-2016 05:40 PM

I will start…

I own one of these and they are heavy duty but don’t expect it to be square as received. You’ll probably have to do some tweaking.

Shop Fox D3070 Aluminum Square, 18-Inch

$6.80

This an Amazon Warehouse Deal, that means there is only one available at this price. If you click the link and there is nothing there, someone already bought it.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 05:41 PM

You can also get this deal on grizzly’s website


I will start…

I own one of these and they are heavy duty but don t expect it to be square as received. You ll probably have to do some tweaking.

Shop Fox D3070 Aluminum Square, 18-Inch

$6.80

This an Amazon Warehouse Deal, that means there is only one available at this price. If you click the link and there is nothing there, someone already bought it.

- Rick M.


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Woodknack

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 05:44 PM


You can also get this deal on grizzly s website
- bluethundra

Please include links to deals and include shipping in price consideration. It’s $15 including shipping from Grizzly.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 05-10-2016 05:49 PM

One of the best deals out there if you do a lot of shellac: Five gallons of 90% ethanol denatured alcohol for $50 with free shipping from Zoro.com. Did I mention free shipping?

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#5 posted 05-10-2016 06:14 PM

Subbed, though this could be an expensive thread. ;)

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#6 posted 05-10-2016 06:18 PM

Does this include craigslist deals? If so, here is one for Jet 16-32 Drum sander
https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/tls/5541335181.html

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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#7 posted 05-10-2016 06:33 PM

I found this today while look for a dc, and it looks like a good deal to me! Does anybody agree or disagree? Grizzly closeout on the G0703P for $675.00 +$79 shipping. http://www.grizzly.com/search?q=((category:%22Dust+Collectors%22))+AND+(category:%22Cyclone+Dust+Collectors%22)

gri

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#8 posted 05-10-2016 06:38 PM

For anyone in NW Washington (state): The Bellingham CL has a listing for a rotary phase converter, 10 hp rating, for $50. Admittedly, it looks a bit shabby, but the seller claims it works great.

I’d go for it myself, but my shop is about as full as I can tolerate. I’m aware of the advantages of 3 phase, but I’m getting along fine with what I have.

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Woodknack

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#9 posted 05-10-2016 08:12 PM



Does this include craigslist deals? If so, here is one for Jet 16-32 Drum sander
https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/tls/5541335181.html

- ThorinOakenshield

Sure. Might be nice to include the location so people don’t need to click if it isn’t near them.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Woodknack

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#10 posted 05-10-2016 08:13 PM


Grizzly closeout on the G0703P for $675.00 +$79 shipping.
gri

- will delaney

Your link doesn’t work, try this one:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/1-1-2-HP-Cyclone-Dust-Collector-Polar-Bear-Series/G0703P?utm_campaign=zPage

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 05-10-2016 08:23 PM

Thought this looked like a pretty good deal on a DeWalt track saw kit:

DeWalt DC351SKL

Actually, two track saw kits:

DeWalt DC351LKL

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#12 posted 05-11-2016 12:15 AM

Subbing on this – if I find something I’ll post it

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#13 posted 05-11-2016 02:31 AM

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#14 posted 05-11-2016 12:08 PM

Added to watch list and fav’s in case I see something to share.

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#15 posted 05-11-2016 01:31 PM

I see good deals a lot but not too often great, hot deals. If I see a great deal, I’ll buy it and share with you later. This is a interesting tread.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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