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I posted an add on Craigslist early last week looking for bee's/hardware, preferably someone getting out of the bee business. I received a call from a guy over in Siler City a couple of hours away wanting to know if I was interested in some two year old hives that never had bee's in them. Of course I was interested but this was the son of the guy who owned them and was unsure of what was in the barn. The gentleman told me that he would have his father get back with me on quantities & cost. Sure enough a couple of hours later the guy called and gave me the run down, all of the stuff he had was unused purchased from Brushy Mountain a few years back. He kept bee's 30 years ago and was going to get back into it but decided after getting all the stuff together it was just too much...needless to say neither of our wives are very happy with us right now; he for selling so low and me for spending more money on "those bugs"! :beg:
Here is what I purchased:

22 hive bodies (assembled & painted) $313.50
10 Supers (all assembled, half painted) $117.50
12 Bottom Brds. Painted $171.00
12 Inner Covers $113.40
12 Tops $210.00
12 Queen Excluders $189.00
12 Moving/Robbing Screens $179.40
12 Entrance Reducers $10.80
220 - 9 1/8 Frames assembled $198.00
100 - 6 1/4 Frames assembled $90.00
2 - 12 1/2 lb Boxes of 8 1/2 Foundation $169.90
2 - 12 1/2 lb Boxes of 5 5/8 Foundation $172.00
1 XLarge Master Beekeeper Suit $80.00
1 Zip in Hat Veil Combo $46.00
1 Pair Cowhide Ventilated Gloves $19.95
2 Bee Brushes $9.90
1 Deluxe Smoker $36.95
12 Cold Draft Smoker Fuel $24.00
1 Hive Carrier $64.95
Assembly time: Priceless

Grand Total based on Brushy Mtn catalog: $2,216.25 :eek:

I paid the gentleman his asking price of $850.00, a quart of honey and a wildlife candle! :yahoo:

My wife was even impressed as I unloaded the enclosed trailer last night and showed her the nubmbers. I think her comment was "you were gonna buy it anyway at least you got a deal on it".
His wife on the other hand was not too pleased, per the son, she had gone through the catalog and dug up the checks used to pay for said equipment....He was a man of his word and held to his price. :thumbsup:

Moral to this story:
1) Do not be scared to post on Craigslist- it may work out in your favor
2) Pay cash for beekeeping equipment & destroy invoices :drinks:
 

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Boy, a feller lives for these kind of days eh? :thumbsup:
Looks like you got some work cut out for you expanding. ;)

P.S. - good idea about destroying invoices, if my wife ever knew..... (where'd I put those anyways) :lol:
 

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HW, I'm proud of you. :thumbsup:
After you fill up those boxes and frames with new tenants, back to the Craigslist :lol:
 

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Great pick! Bet you will be back on Craigslist, betcha a pint of maple syrup you will! :)
 

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Told the wife I pulled down the posting, shhhhhh.... :ranting: I actually posted another add for swarms/removals and have already lined up my first gig of the year.

2012 is looking very promising! :D
 

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My wife was even impressed as I unloaded the enclosed trailer last night and showed her the nubmbers. I think her comment was "you were gonna buy it anyway at least you got a deal on it".

For the bees Iddee, just read her comment. :lol: :lol:
Happy for her and HW :D
 

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Great deal. :yahoo:
Now I wish you success in filling all those hives with healthy bees and delicious honey. :amen:
 

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thats the way to do it. I found a package deal similiar to that. bought a few pieces and told the guy to work up a deal for it all. He did. He went through a dadant catalog and wanted all new prices. Said I was going to save a ton on shipping. I had to pass since most bee supply houses in the region deliver to our semi annual meetings for free. I found this deal on craigslist also
 

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Luckily I have a great, very understanding wife that supports all my habits! I think she has trained me well! :yahoo:
 

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Wonder if any Texas beeks are looking to sell bee stuff on CL? I need more woodenware!

If I only knew for sure I would have honey (and had 1400 laying around) all I found was extractors and honey jars...
 

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It does not hurt to post, you might be surprised. I have gotten a few calls that did not pan out but usually after talking with someone you can easily determine if it is worth taking a look at.

I have two seperate posts, one for beekeeping equipment and one for swarms/trapouts. On Craigslist they have a section under your account where you can refresh your postings after a week or so , use this feature it keeps you add current. By the way, 5 of my hives came from swarms/trapout adds on Craigslist last year. :thumbsup:
 
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