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andyjevans 12th January 2012 03:21 PM

How to retire from DIY and sell off all your workshop contents?
I'm facing a logistic dilemma here and would welcome some ideas. I'm in London UK and have accumulated a workshop full of hundreds of tubes - almost all DHTs like 10Y, 71A, 26, 30, 112A, and so on. Together with that are a large number of parts - transformers (Lundahl, Hammond etc), capacitors (Russian teflon etc), cables, connectors (Neutrik and such) etc. and at least 20 finished and unfinished projects on different chassis. There are also boxes of small projects like filament supplies, plate loads etc. I've sold off a lot of tubes already but this has been slow and time consuming.

The dilemma is that if I advertise on this site I sell a small amount of tubes and stuff, but half the responses just want to cherry pick the best items which I have no difficulty selling. It's the bulk of it I want to move. This is heavy to post, and really needs to be collected. It's good stuff and I don't want to just dispose of it - that would be pitiful.

What can I do - have any of you sold off bulk items to a dealer, for instance, and how did that go? Any other ideas besides just the drip-drip-drip of small groups of items on ebay or small ads here?

I'm really looking for a solution to this - I want to retire from building projects and clear out everything except a small amount of parts to keep me amused. Any creative thinking or experiences would be much appreciated.


Michael Koster 12th January 2012 03:39 PM

Give it away for the cost of postage?

M Gregg 12th January 2012 04:01 PM

Just a thought

How do you ask the burning question without being nosey....Why?

I will understand if I get no reply...

M. Gregg

KatieandDad 12th January 2012 04:05 PM

I'd put on E-Bay and place a link to E-Bay here.

Everyone wants something for nothing.

Put it on in one job lot or job lots.

Alastair E 12th January 2012 04:17 PM

Yup--'Share' the good items with not so good, divide into lots and sell on ebay....

andyjevans 12th January 2012 04:28 PM

In response to Michael - yes, I would give part of it away for the cost of postage. I have a lot of stuff which an active DIY tube builder could profitably use - loads of miscellaneous capacitors and cables, and just bits and pieces of all kinds of things dating back to turntable spares. If I knew it was going to a good home this would be an option for the "small bits and pieces" things which should fill a few boxes! I'd appreciate a nominal amount for the packaging and the effort in taking it all to the post office, but strictly nominal.

Why am I doing it? I'm 65 this year so on paper I've retired and taken my pension. I'm going to do some other things - I'm writing a new edition of my last book and would like to do some more songwriting. I've built hundreds of projects and whilst I was passionate about it, I'm now feeling like a break. Time to pass my gear on to another generation - or a retired person more fanatical than me!

Does ebay work for job lots? I haven't tried this yet. Anyone tried that? I also thought about audio fairs, but I'm not as mobile as I was - stiff joints - and I live on the 2nd floor so transporting boxes would be out without major help.

Any other ideas?


skunark 12th January 2012 04:35 PM

How about a local school where either a teacher or you could mentor an up-and-comer?

kevinkr 12th January 2012 04:48 PM

I'm not near retiring, but I decided it was to time to get rid of some stuff I haven't used in years and might not ever use again. Even giving the stuff away is proving difficult.. :p

Might want to hold onto a small quantity of the rarer stuff that you might find hard to replace in the future lest the passion return at later date. (I have at least two older friends who have come full circle and now lament giving the stuff away.) :D

Good luck, it is not always easy to get rid of this stuff. Free to deserving members might be the path of least resistance.

the_manta 12th January 2012 04:48 PM

Let's face it, you want to clear out fast and complete with max. profit. I understand that as everyone does. It's just like most human beings would act. But you also know, that this won't work. I don't know about the exact parts you have, but if I were to drive from germany to the UK, I would like to have a big discount.
Don't even think of professional dealers. They will tell you a price which will shock you. Your complaints will be unheard. Maybe later when you sell the stuff one by one you will know why these dealers won't bother dealing with you and just end the conversation. It takes a long, long time selling, packing shipping etc. the stuff.
A freind of mine bought the whole stock of Opel auto parts from a local dealer. A whole storage building. It took him years till everything was sold which he COULD sell. At the end he still had a few containers with junk/parts he couldn't sell. Of course, he made high five-digit number of cash with it. But all the problems that came along like people who didn't pay, stolen or lost shipments, warranty claims etc. made him say: Never again !

What I want to say is, don't set your expectations too high. Buying the stuff is always more fun than having to sell it. And yes, everybody is a cherry-picker

jerrynsr 12th January 2012 04:53 PM

What do you have ? I'm just starting out and looking for parts!
Do you have anything in the EL34 family that's pretty close to matched ? I'm looking for a Quad. EL38.. looking for 2. What transformer types do you have ? I bet if you put together a list, many of us here would buy from you. And you will make more money than if you offload to a dealer.
I'm interested in testing my amp with a quad of 6P3SE tubes too.

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