— Test electrical items. If a motor or an engine won’t run, don’t assume that you can fix it. Avoid anything that’s broken; parts can be impossible to find and repairs can be costly.
— If a seller says “make an offer,” explain to him that it is his item, he knows how much he paid for it, and he should come up with a price. If that doesn’t work, make a low offer — but not insultingly low — and see what happens. You can always go up.
— Act. Trust your instincts. If you really want it, go for it. Do not set it back down. Do not let it leave your hands until you have paid for it. I’ve seen competing buyers get into arguments, even shoving matches.
— Remember, it’s easier to buy than to sell. Think about what you will do with it, where you will use it, and how you might — someday — sell it and make some money.
Buy things you like, have fun, and happy hunting!
Danville native Kevin Cullen is a former Commercial-News reporter. Reach him at email@example.com