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CL Used Aquarium Pricing Guide

Discussion in 'Freshwater Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by sorberj, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. sorberj

    sorberj wannabe fish whisperer

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    Sooo...someone finally got a little fed up with some of the overpriced aquariums on Craigslist. I found this on the Seattle Craigslist and figured that people here would have some comments on it. I wonder if it's anyone any of us know.

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/for/1630068279.html

     
  2. RodInCALIFORNIA

    RodInCALIFORNIA EBAY ADDICT !

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    i go by 1.00 a gallon in my area the price is often less than 1.00 a gallon. tanks in my area are dirt cheap but i noticed in alot of areas they are way over priced.
     
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    Just say that on craigslist before you posted!
     
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    yea chicago used aquarium prices can be very ridiculous. id like to ask the author permission to repost it in my craigslist area.
     
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    Great post. I love it when someone says " I've invested X amount" I don't give a rat's $#@ what they invested. It's used equipment now and I want to pay a used equipment price.
     
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    nice find! i personally never pay more then 1$ a gallon. and most the time i wont pay that. as some1 else mentioned, tanks are dirt cheap around me. im talking 30-40$ for a 55gal that holds water.(holding water is a must) i just bought a 29gal completed tank, 20$.

    i like the article, shows all these fools that they aint getting what they think.

    i had a lady try to sell me a 75gal tank and stand for 250$ ....
     
  7. nc0gnet0

    nc0gnet0 Discus Breeder

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    Well it all comes down to what the market will bear. If people are listing items in your area for higher, and they are selling, then that is what they are worth, regardless of how you may feel about it. If they are overpriced, then they won't sell and prices will drop. And remember, there is nothing stopping you from offering less, many a time I have done so to be turned down initially, only to get a phone call days later accepting my offer.

    One of the biggest things that modifys the value of the tank is the accesories, and if they are of any use to you at all, or they have resale value. You will find that these things can nickel and dime you to death if you have to buy them new. Recently I bought a 55 gallon hexagon tank with stand just for the accesories (fluval 405 filter, stealth heater, air pumps, nice decor) just for the accesories.

    I am not so concerned with age as I am condition, I will take a 3 year old acryllic tank that is in pristing condition long before I buy a newer tank with scratches. I also paid a premium price because the black acrylic stand and hood matched my decor, and I am not a huge fan of wood.

    And yes, there is such a thing as an empty saltwater tank, it all comes down to the plumbing (pre-drilled internal overflows etc).
     
  8. blue2fyre

    blue2fyre Blue Fish

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    According to this I would have paid $450 for my 80 gallon bowfront set. I paid $300 so I feel it was fair.

    Prices on tanks around here are all over the place. Some are cheap most are not. This will be useful when I decide to sell my 55 gallon set up.


    I like to buy tanks without all the extras because it just drives up the price and usually I don't need all the junk included. I have better filters, better heaters and better lights then the set ups you tend to find on CL around here.
     
  9. Tay690

    Tay690 Addicted to Loaches

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    You know...for someone making that list themselves

    it's pretty spot on

    I don't disagree with any of the pricing on that whole page

    I myself am tired of seeing the typical "75g complete LIKE NEW asking $550 includes (Add random junk that you have to fix here)"

    I hope they can somehow either learn from this as users or incorporate this as a pricing guide...there is a lot of flaming that goes on between PM's that are the result of ridiculous overpricing

    I always say...if you don't like it...don't buy it
     
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    Someone said supply and demand are key factors in tank pricing. Another often-overlooked factor is just how badly someone needs to get rid of the tank. They're big, bulky and fragile. I like to check CL toward the end of a month, around moving time. If someone's moving and can't take the tank with them, that's when you'll find the bargains.
     

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