The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles™
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ebay is the devil.
There, I've said it.
One of my compatriots over here is an avid ebay shopper. He gets all sorts of stuff, but concentrates on comic books and electronics. He is quite adept at finding the deals, timing his bids, and putting the right price on them to get them.
It's been a steep learning curve for me, but I finally won my first bid tonight! Suffice it to say that I figured out it takes aproximately 7 seconds for my bid to hit ebay and another 7 to get back. Fortunately I have a multi monitor setup that allows me to refresh one screen while confirming the bid on the other. So I have learned how to play along with the ebay regulars and challenge them on their own turf.
So what did I get?
I checked out the hammers on the off chance that I didn't have a particular one in my collection of fifty or so. Nothing like getting a real deal on another eight pound sledge sans handle and paying more in delivery than it would have cost to get a new one with a handle at the local hardware store.
Then there are the wooden planes...
Ok, so I took the Bubinga off the watch list, and I haven't won any of those spokeshaves I thought I needed. But I do have a couple of #78 rabbet planes now, one complete for my father who used to have one, and one for me to clean, refurbish, and bring back to its former glory. I picked up a couple of other planes for refurbishment, a box full of measuring calipers for the machine shop portion of my garage, and another box full of Stanley marking gauges that I will refurbish and resell. I figure that will keep me busy when I get home.
Note: Monday morning 0406 hours Afghanistan.
Stanley #238 Grooving Plane
Started at $9.99 days ago, and has sat there at that price for all those days. Today, three hours before close of bidding it has steadily increased to $63.00! The 238 would have come in very handy for the Super-Secret Chronicles project I am working on...
Albert “Afghanus” Rasch
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
Albert Rasch In Afghanistan
Though he spends most of his time writing and keeping the world safe for democracy, Albert was actually a student of biology. Really. But after a stint as a lab tech performing repetitious and mind-numbing processes that a trained capuchin monkey could do better, he never returned to the field. Rather he became a bartender. As he once said, "Hell, I was feeding mice all sorts of concoctions. At the club I did the same thing; except I got paid a lot better, and the rats where bigger." He has followed the science of QDM for many years, and fancies himself an aficionado. If you have any questions, or just want to get more information, reach him via TheRaschOutdoorChronicles(at)MSN(dot)com.