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  • Another Craigslist Bargain ????

    Is it just me being overly cautious, or is this anvil actually worth $3.60 to $4.00 / pound.

    Am I missing something, or is the anvil missing something?

    http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/tls/5756987418.html

  • #2
    Nope, people are just often insane. Sometimes it's the seller, sometimes the buyer...
    Location: North Central Texas

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    • #3
      That anvil looks like it's missing it's rear end! Not exactly premo condition.


      How does this one look?

      http://dallas.craigslist.org/ftw/tls/5752124871.html

      Looks like it's being stored outside and our ever present humidity is working on it.

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      • #4
        that one could be replaced with rail road rail

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LibbyHillBrewer View Post
          That anvil looks like it's missing it's rear end! Not exactly premo condition.
          You're missing an opportunity to collect the set. Its Australian brother is for sale at the moment. Find the Japanese sister, and you will be sitting on a goldmine.
          http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Large-Bla...QAAOSwZVlXuUz~



          Originally posted by 1-800miner View Post
          that one could be replaced with rail road rail
          Did you mean a "Welded Steel Executive Toy Anvil Paperweight"? Every executive wants one at the moment. Only $75! You could hold all your executive piles of paper under it without fear of them ever blowing away.

          http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Railroad-...cAAOSwpIdW7SqF

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          • #6
            I'm suprised by the number of anvils I've seen over the years broken the same way, obviously they are just cast blocks of anycrapyum as opposed to steel, or maybe the hulk likes black smithing as a stress relief.
            Mark

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            • #7
              You could still use it to hunt roadrunners!

              Walt

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              • #8
                It is funny the "perceived value" people sometimes have of their stuff. There was one guy near here who posted a manual for a Sears radial arm saw, the same one you can download for free, for $15 on craigslist. He kept posting that ad for over six months. I'm guessing he never sold it.

                Or the guys with the boxes of small heavily rusted drill bits that figure "...these are easily worth the $50 I'm asking..." but don't get the message when nobody buys them so they keep re-posting them. Or the folks who feel that if something they have is old and looks that way it must be really valuable, which I'd guess is what may be at work with this anvil.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by john hobdeclipe View Post
                  Is it just me being overly cautious, or is this anvil actually worth $3.60 to $4.00 / pound.

                  Am I missing something, or is the anvil missing something?

                  http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/tls/5756987418.html


                  hey - maybe it's a bargain after all;

                  https://www.grainger.com/product/31X...160908124229:s

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pinstripe View Post
                    Did you mean a "Welded Steel Executive Toy Anvil Paperweight"? Every executive wants one at the moment. Only $75! You could hold all your executive piles of paper under it without fear of them ever blowing away.

                    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Railroad-...cAAOSwpIdW7SqF

                    That one reminds me of one of George Carlins jokes:
                    If you nail two things together that have never been nailed together before . . . some shmuck will buy it from you.
                    Location: Long Island, N.Y.

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                    • #11
                      I think the reason they're broken is because of another hobby involving anvils:

                      At the risk of pulling a Tiffie here...
                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anvil_firing

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by alanganes View Post

                        Or the guys with the boxes of small heavily rusted drill bits that figure "...these are easily worth the $50 I'm asking..." but don't get the message when nobody buys them so they keep re-posting them.
                        There was a guy up here was re-posting the same lathe for almost 6 months, his major problem was that he posted blurry pics, then went on to explain all the features it didn't have in such detail that he never got around to actually describing anything about the lathe he was selling. Brand/size or any of the other 'basic' information was never mentioned.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by boslab View Post
                          I'm suprised by the number of anvils I've seen over the years broken the same way, obviously they are just cast blocks of anycrapyum as opposed to steel, or maybe the hulk likes black smithing as a stress relief.
                          Most anvils are cast with either carburized faces or have steel faces forge-welded on. Very few are actually solid steel, back in the day those would've been only found in a high-end craftsman's shop and likely custom made whereas the combination cast w/steel faces was common in industry and cast w/carburized faces common on the farm.
                          "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow."

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                          • #14
                            The idea of worth seems to a challenge to people. So often you read "these are worth X and I only want Y " when what they mean is they cost X new, in a store. Then there is the every thing';s vintage crowd when the really mean old or antique. Ah, the failures of the public school system
                            in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mcgyver View Post
                              ... So often you read "these are worth X and I only want Y " when what they mean is they cost X new, in a store.
                              The most expensive store they could find, or the manufacturer's list price when everyone is selling below that.


                              Originally posted by Mcgyver View Post
                              Then there is the every thing's vintage crowd when the really mean old or antique.
                              Or the "I'm pretty sure this is a Starrett" when it has no markings on it. This guy thinks his mill is worth more because it was once at a TV station http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HAFCO-LAT...gAAOSwFe5XxkIE


                              Originally posted by Mcgyver View Post
                              Ah, the failures of the public school system
                              Better fix that apostrophe-semicolon thing before you start throwing stones. I know it's just a typo, but couldn't resist
                              Last edited by pinstripe; 09-08-2016, 12:30 PM.

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