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Old 12-15-2013, 12:05 PM
Jessefloyd1 Jessefloyd1 is offline
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Did I make out like a bandit...or brake even?

So I have been looking for a trailer. It's been really difficult to find what I want, a 7 x 14 tandem axle with a storage cage on the front. About the time I found one in my price range I saw an ad on craigslist for the following items:
05 Grasshopper 227 w/138 hours, 6'4" X 12" single axle with Gorilla Gate, spare tire and weedeater rack. Bought new in April for $1600 after installation of add ons. A Stihl BG55 blower (new in Feb), Stihl FC90 stick edger (new in Feb), Echo SRM line trimmer (new in Feb), Echo articulating (short shaft model) hedge trimmer (2 yrs old), Husquvarna chain saw 18" bar (2yrs old).
The guy stated he would sell individual or as a package or he was also looking for a small gas efficient car/truck...
At this point I have to tell you that I have been for about a month and a half trying to sell my 08 Honda Fit with 136k for between 5-6k.
Anyway I called the guy and asked what he wanted for everything? His price:$4900
I said: So I have this car that I could trade ... The rest is history and it's all sitting at my house right now.
How do you think I did? Does it sound like it was a good trade? Sorry for being so long winded.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:40 PM
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My thought is you traded a car that you did not need for good equipment that can make you money and has value.
Remember tools can make you money all they need is you to put them to work.
I think you made a good trade.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:47 PM
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So you had vehicle you were trying to sell for somewhere between $5000 - $6000 and you traded it for some equipment and a trailer that some other guy was trying to sell for $4900.

Did he give you any cash to even out the deal?
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:21 PM
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So you had vehicle you were trying to sell for somewhere between $5000 - $6000 and you traded it for some equipment and a trailer that some other guy was trying to sell for $4900.

Did he give you any cash to even out the deal?
NADA booked the car at 5k so I had it at 6 to give me negotiating room. And no cash just an even trade.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:32 PM
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I believe you made out well. May I suggest socking away 5 to 10% after every job for a rainy day fund the future is right around the corner.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:41 PM
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Over the coming months and years you will generate tens of thousands of dollars with the equipment you just got. Over the coming months and years the car will decline in value thousands of dollars. By trading a liability (car) for an asset (tools), yes, you killed it! Good job.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:45 PM
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Bartering is awesome... At the beginning of last season, I was looking for a used Walk Behind in the 1000 dollar range... I found a great Scagenstein on C-list for about a grand... He was a homeowner so I asked him if he wanted to trade my almost new troy built lawn tractor for his Scag.... Boom! Deal was done... He was happy, I was happy... Sometimes the deal does not work out exactly 100% even but that is the nature of the barter...... I believe you did very well... Good Job!!!!
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