eBay has screwed it all up. I went to a swap meet trying to sell some stuff
that is a good deal in person, but to pay shipping is more than I wanted for
The crowd was very small, compared to the last time I was there selling
about 2 years ago. Most were looking, with very few carrying items they
After spending 8 hours there, we packed up. My friend made the comment that
it was a lot easier sitting at home in his air conditioning and selling on
eBay than to pack stuff the night before, take off at 4:30 am, set up, sit
in the heat all day, and sell $50 worth of stuff.
Then you have to pack back up and drive home where you have to unpack again.
That and the "Corvettes sell for big money" attitude of non-Corvette people
because they see a few go for the big $$$ on B-J on TV. So everyone think
Corvettes are gold.
What I like about swap meets is meeting and talking to other people about
cars and what fits and how things are done.
Sorry I missed you at Old Town last year.
swap meet to me are like my girlfriend at the mall
Anyway what I was saying is the $3500 vette could no where come close to
being what the $9900 vette looked like now for less than ay least another
$10k spent on it and probably a year or 2 of home restorations.
The $9900 was much better money spent
It seems most people at swap meets are just there to yak it up..I have
waited and waited to get a price /buy an item while some joker yaks on and
on and on about the Vette he bought/owned /saw..etc...vendors should pay
more attention to potential buyers that to the BS people..but it seems they
would rather talk than sell..
EBAY is the way to go..screw the flea markets...( also the talkers almost
never buy they just talk talk talk)
There are two ways you can look at that. I had some guy bending my ear and
had a few people walk up to look at some parts during that time. But they
would pick it up, look it over, look at me, and never say anything. Never
wave a hand, nothing. I'd look directly at them and hold a hand out towards
them , but they would say nothing, and finally set it down and move on.
Of course, most of the time, I had people do the same stop, look, pick up,
look it over, then set it down without ever saying a word, even if I said
something to them about it.
When I go looking for parts, I know what you mean with vendors and people
talking, but I will go and hold it towards them or wave at them and say "how
much" or point at the item or something so they know I need some
I think the restoration craze has gotten out of hand. EVERYONE thinks they
are restoring something to the point they can only buy the correct part, not
one that works. For example, I had several Q-Jets for sale. Almost
everyone who looked at them checked the number. A Q-Jet is not a Q-Jet, but
they break down into a few models that cover several years such that they
work on a huge number of cars.
Just in the Chevy group, you have Q-Jets that will work from '67 to '74
which have very minor changes - the air vent, couple of vacuum ports, etc.
However, numbers-wise, they only work on a few or even one vehicle.
Functional-wise, they interchange over several years and models.
At $10 each, you would have thought someone would have bought one. Heck,
$10 is the usual eBay starting price and then you have to add a $15 or $20
shipping fee. There are the ones that start at $0.99 bid, but if you check
they have a higher shipping like $25 or so where they are really getting
their price through the shipping fee.
I must have picked up at least 1000 Carbs at Carlisle this August and
did a lot of talking to the vendors...looking for a 7028209 for a
friend in Florida who has an original 68 427 390 HP car that deserves
the correct carb... found a vendor who "though" he had one at
home (restored) who gave me a 400 to 500 dollar price...
My instructons were to buy one in any shape if the price was 75 bucks
or less.... he would just clean it up and rebuild it
64 72 & 98 Convertibles
76 & 79 Coupes
Rally "Sundancer" (swap meet scooter)
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