Orange Tube C8, Tasco 7te-5, 4" Criterion Dynascope, Jason/Towa 313
Nikon Action Extreme & Pentax WPii Binoculars
At my club, everything one could want up to 18"
Astro-Physics 5" f6 ca.1986
The Jordan Levinson Refractor 4" f15 ca.60s or 70s (work in progress)
Orion Apex 102 102mm f12.7 ca.2013
Tasco 10TE 76mm f15.7 ca.1965
Tasco 7TE-5 60mm f16.7 ca.1967 "Focus on far-out stars with professional ease." -Tasco catalog
Tasco 66TE-5 50mm f12 ca.1966-1972, Tower 6314 50mm f12 ca.?
Quote:I'm gonna guess you might find fewer appealing scopes than you might think.
Quote: Finding and selling lets say second tier classics would really be great but what are they?
NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
Quote:I am not too sure how profitable of a venture this would be but I think it would be a great service.
Quote: No problem. I'm not looking for this to be profitable. Just wondering whether a bleeding-heart scope lover who hates to see an advertised classic remain homeless might be able to roughly cover expenses, so I though I'd ask the advice of experienced scope hunters.
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote:You could make some money on scopes you buy really cheap and subsidize the shipping on others so that you don't lose money overall, if your desire is only to pass scopes into new hands.
Quote:Gosh, Jon -- thanks;If you say it can be done, that's heartening! I've read many stories in which you've passed scopes along to others.
Inventor of the Herschel Wedgie. Watch your back.
Astronomy - The World's Second-Oldest Profession.
"You don't know Swift from Astrola." -C.H.-
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!"
Quote:I just want them all
Quote:We are the classic telescope collectors. We are special and therefore collect special telescopes. we are not some people.
Quote:Quote:We are the classic telescope collectors. We are special and therefore collect special telescopes. we are not some people. Everyone has to categorize themselves. I'm not in charge of that detail, thankfully.
Quote:Terra, a lot of buyers aren't formal "collectors" such as yourself.
Quote:If you don't approach it as a money-making operation, you will certainly lose money, even if your motivations are pure of heart and you think you're just finding new homes for orphans. I've got a 4-digit, 100% eBay feedback rating, split about 50/50 between buying and selling (not just astro stuff, but a diverse assortment) over nearly 15 years. Not a business but strictly oriented toward my hobbies and those of my late mother. Packaging & shipping takes a LOT of time as well as money for materials. Even putting together a decent on-line listing takes time. Buyers rarely appreciate a careful packaging job, from my experience, and don't understand that even if you pack something in plate steel, the carrier can find a way to damage it and the contents. Few want to spring for insurance, and even complain about shipping costs- blaming the seller- even when less than what it actually cost to ship. Some people can't be satisfied unless an item is absolutely free and they get it immediately. And even then they'd find something to complain about.There are great, understanding buyers out there to be sure, but they are the minority.Good luck Joe, I hope you can make it work!
Quote:I think that if you realize that you might have to hold onto some scopes for a long period of time, until the right buyer comes along, you can still make a little scratch. I just wouldn't expect a fast turnaround on most of them all of the time. You may thus find yourself with a bit of an inventory in need of storage space, and the money it ties-up while waiting for buyers.
Quote:Or you could just fill up an unused area of the house like some of us have with vintage telescopes. Soon you will have a narrow path to walk through. Then comes the TV cameras wanting to make a show about your hoarding problems
Quote:Quote:Or you could just fill up an unused area of the house like some of us have with vintage telescopes. Soon you will have a narrow path to walk through. Then comes the TV cameras wanting to make a show about your hoarding problems Exactly the issue I have sworn would never torment Lady Cepleur!
Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100
Quote:I have a warehouse available for storage and experience working on virtually every major type scope..except Schiefspieglers... Let me know if you need a silent partner.