Of course, Joel. No one should have regrets. Gifts are gifts.
I am not such an expert on the Gospels, but I remember one concept from one of them: the left hand should not know what the right one did... Or something like that.
That said, there is no better place than this thread to discuss tool prices.
We should bear in mind that there is no such a thing as a price list!
I know guys whose prices are always very, very reasonable. Nevertheless occasionally a tool on ebay goes for less than their very reasonable prices. So what? Ebay at times, just at times, allows incredible bargains.
Just as at times it shows crazy outrageous prices.
None of the ebay prices is a guide for pricing. I bought from the same seller who had sold a similar tool for a crazy amount, and the price was absolutely reasonable. No much battle, either.
Bought no less than four apparently unobtainable WOA lugwrenches: all of them from gee members, but only one by direct dealing through the gee. Not the cheapest, and not the most expensive. So, one place is not necessarily more expensive than the other.
Also, factor in the I want it now element, the last-needed-to-complete element, the < who cares I got the other tools for peanuts, I can spend a bunch for once> element, and dozens of other factors.
Basically, no matter the price of one single tool, the cost of a nice toolkit easily reaches the over 1000 $ barrier.
There was a guy who thought that the 300 $ asking price for a fairly complete kit was outrageous, but he recently admitted that he actually had to fork out more than three times that amount, and still he has not 100% completed his slattie kit yet!.
He is now looking at tool sales in a totally different way.
There are guys who have ben looking for ages for a single wrench, but when one pops up on this site, they do not bother to send a message. Not even after days the item is still unsold.
When it is gone, they start complaining.
Tools, otherwise than vehicles, can see their purchasing price attain one hundred times more in case of resale.
That is why some discussions and debates get so animated. If one manages to validate his tool as correct, he will not need to fork out mucho dinero for a really correct scarce one. I know that for a fact.
Ebay should not be demonized: bargains are possible, and one cannot but wonder at some strange flops.
We all know that Barcalos can be bought for around twenty, twentyfive bucks, barring the scarce 723.
That would make some 100 dollars for just four B-B wrenches. OK?
Not long ago, a very nice kit sold by a gee member on ebay did not go over the 130 DOLLARS barrier.
That is, for thirty bucks over the usual price of four Barcalos, the lucky buyer got a 723, and all the other nice tools in a kit.
How do you explain that?
On the other side, toolsets offered here, at reasonable prices, went unsold, and made much, much more on ebay.
How do you explain that?
Do I jump on a bargain? You bet I do, whenever possible.
If I can do it, all other guys can do it.
But nothing beats having good friends.
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Way too many WWII military tools,hopefully thinning down,and way too many posts...