Your Definition of a GOOD Deal?

JJG

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I have been lurking for a while and finally decided to register. I have been watching the exchange boards looking for knives of interest and was curious what price triggers anyone's interest.

Is there a good rule of thumb when looking for a used knife to determine a good price? For example, do you consider say 80% of the new price to be a good deal? I realize that condition is also a major factor.

I am mainly looking for MT (MA) and maybe the percentage would have to be higher since everyone seems to rave about the MTs?

Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

Thanks

JJ
 
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I just joined up too!! i am into buying used tools, and tractors i just got into knives but i have seen a lot of really nice stuff that should last a long time i always figure a good deal is too get at least 20 percent off of the lowest market price for that year that can really add up? but only if the item is in very good shape and only a few years old
Originally posted by JJG:
I have been lurking for a while and finally decided to register. I have been watching the exchange boards looking for knives of interest and was curious what price triggers anyone's interest.

Is there a good rule of thumb when looking for a used knife to determine a good price? For example, do you consider say 80% of the new price to be a good deal? I realize that condition is also a major factor.

I am mainly looking for MT (MA) and maybe the percentage would have to be higher since everyone seems to rave about the MTs?

Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

Thanks

JJ

 
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If you buy a knife (or anything else) and you are happy with it, then it was a good deal.

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Welcome to the Forums guys.
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To me, it doesn't matter how much the knife sells or retails for. Simply if you really like the knife, a few bucks difference isn't all that much.

Its kinda like a waiting game. If you have a set price in your mind, then wait and wait until it comes up. And make sure your fast, because no doubt if the price is right, it'll be snatched up. Just a few weeks ago a LNIB D/A Socom went for like only for about $125. (I think) Chances are if your price is reasonable, it'll eventually come up. Heck, I remember about 2 yrs ago seing a lightly used Socom for $50, but I have yet to still see another for that price.

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I usually shoot for 50% off retail for new knives or look for knives that offer 50% more value than comparably priced competitors. This has become much more feasible since the internet became available.

 
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A good deal is getting a knife you wanted for a price you were willing to pay.
In some cases if the knife is in demand and in very good condition it is probably worth 80% of the new price. Other knives could be worth much less.
You must also be aware of what the knife was available for when new. Many knives are sold for deep discounts on the internet, and the used price should reflect this.
 

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Yea... what Matt said...

The love of knives doesn't have alot to do with money. If it did, we'd only have one or two fine knives, or at the most half a dozen.

If you get a "fair" price on a knife that you like, is that a better deal than when you pay "a little more than fair" for a knife that you really LOVE???

My $.02 worth,
Michael

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Here's my idea of a good deal: I get up late and the gym is still empty. Cory Everson and Rae Hollitt help me with my work-out. Later, as I sip a perfect ameretto cappuccino, Al Gore hands me a free National Enquirer headlining that Hillary has dropped out of politics to be with Ellen DeGeneres. Al stands to leave, chagrines that he knows he really lost the election, and by way of an apology, he gives me a free Microtech...--OKG
 

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A great deal is any that would make you go back to the place you bought it from.


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I paid $75 for a hand forged differentially tempered blade with a wood burl handle. I still think that was a great deal. My most recent purchase was a small front lock gents folder with a 3 inch blade of 420V, gorgeous pearl scales, and the most perfect geometry and smoothly operating mechanism I have ever handled. The cost for this knife made by PJ Master Tomes was $650. It is my new daily carry knife. It is an even better value than the much less expensive forged knife.

They were both good deals (to me). Only the buyer (and the seller) can decide what is a Good deal.

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My definition of a good deal?
Hmm, I'd say the very definition of a good deal is a 1978 (two-dot) large serpentine stockman with gorgeous bone handles. Not mint - light carry but never sharpened. Light scratch on main blade. Would be a great user. Price: $30 shipped. PayPal.com preferred but money order's okay too. Trade offers would be considered. For more, check the Exchange forum.
 

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I second all the folks who say that a good deal is when you get what you want for a price you're willing to pay. I might add to it, on a more practical note, that custom knives tend to depreciate less than production ones, and that NIB knives (either production or custom) usually go for almost as much as new ones. Beat-to-heck knives might offer the most "value" in a knife, but that doesn't mean that I want one, if all you care about is a cutting implement, just as a Kia Sephia might offer the most value in a car considered solely as a device to get you from point A to B. But I don't usually buy half-destroyed knives because I care about more than simply separating matter, and don't think I'll ever buy a Kia, because I care about getting from A to B in style
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For me, if i'm grinning like an idiot and playing around with the knife for a couple of days after i get it, its a good deal
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Price doesn't figure into it, at least for me. I've got $400 knives which I considered good deals and $40 knives that I don't believe I actually paid good money for.

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When I'm buying, I spend a good amount of time checking prices, and then decide what I'll pay for a used one based on the lowest price I can find on a new one.

Selling is another story altogether. The only time I make a good deal selling a knife is when I can't remember what I paid for it in the first place
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How bout a SOG Pentagon Elite II arclock for like $61? Amazon.com has them for $64.99 - $10 coupon (AMZN-WEBER-GFT) + $6 shipping and handling.
 

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If I buy a knife and my wife doesn't find out, thats a good deal
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