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    Tools for use in resale

    Just some thoughts on tools I use all the time to make that extra couple bucks of an item. Feel free to add your tools/ideas

    Pressure Washer
    The go to tool whenever I decide to resell just about anything, It's amazing how much money this simple tool has made me.

    Paint Gun/ Palm Sander
    A coat of paint or stain on the right item will make you easy $$$



    Buffing Wheel
    Always check out the item first!!! if patina is not wanted then shine away, the shinier the better.$$$

    Welder
    I just have a little buzz box (arc welder) but it lets me fix so many items that just need a simple small weld to make them usable again. Making them worth more $$$

    Books
    I have many repair books. learning how to fix a common problem in items will bring in the dollars.

    Although fixing up an item usually brings in good money, it's not fail proof. Just watch the time and resources being put into a project. Know when to call it before your too deep. Worst case scenario it ends up in the scrap pile and you come out a little bit wiser.
    There ain't nothing wrong with an honest days work. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool.- Old Man

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    Good list but my experience has been more to the household items and my list is as follows:
    Soap, Water, bleach
    Brushes, small and large
    Sandpaper
    Rust-Oleum paint
    and Super Glue
    Its amazing how much profit can be made when buying at yard sales and selling at flea markets with a stop for a good cleaning in between.
    My non-eBay experience has been years selling at flea markets. Mike
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

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    every damm power cord you can think of.....I can test a wide range of servers, desktops, laptops and even have power boxes I can set for the power needed. My fingers and brain power
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    good call Miked
    My usual resale items is yard equipment, grills, and washers and dryers,and those ever so wonderful plastic lawn chairs, but as you know anything that can make an extra buck is fair game.
    Scrubbed out many a microwave for an easy $10

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    Leaf blower to clean/dust your display/picture area. Air compressor to blow dust out of hard to reach places.
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    old english scratch cover.

    pop rivet gun.

    adjustable low voltage supply with changeable plugs for testing.

    JB weld.

    Q Tips.

    Just a few things not listed that are great to have handy.

    and a good supply of cotton rags.

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    Here's a great read to give ideas of things and tools you may need for doing the JOB...

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    I tend to run across hand tools from barn and workshop cleanouts. There's usually some level of dirt and rust. There are different things for cleaning metal. Sometimes it's a wire wheel and steel wool. Sometimes it's a bath in dilute muriatic acid. I've been tinkering with electrolysis using washing soda. I think i like that the best. I keep the best tools for my own use and wholesale out the rest to a fulla that has his own used tools selling place. It's really popular with the tourists & summer people.

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    Be careful.

    What I saw at my neck of the woods can be categorized in two groups: one are the guys in the flea markets who try to sell you tools with too much wear to be usable. You know, flat head screwdrivers gone round or a power tool with burn marks near the motor. The other group will see you in the Home Depot parking lot telling you that they have a complete toolbox for sale cheap and very quick. They won't tell you that it has fallen off the truck, but it is obviously that. Both groups will also try to sell to the pawn shops and the latter will try to charge you the price of a brand new tool for something that has completed its useful life. My point is I am sure everyone is honest here, but there are a lot of fast ball and bean balls pitchers in this game and I am sure that no one wants to be associated with them.

    About cleaning, some oil and light steel wool make great work. WD-40 is obviously a good friend of us too.
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