“I don’t think this gum and masking tape are going to work…”

Back in February, I wrote a post about product manuals. This post is about another kind of manual to be on the lookout for in your searches. This is the REPAIR manual.

With today’s economy, people are holding onto their higher priced items longer. This means they are more willing to have them repaired than to chuck them and buy another one.  And THAT means….a need for directions on how to repair these items.

These manuals are being bought by someone who is either doing it themselves or repair shop personnel. Cars and farm equipment lead the list in the higher priced manuals. These can bring anywhere from$20.00-$300.00 depending on the scarcity of the manual.  Condition is usually not a huge factor, so don’t let a “well-loved” one scare you from buying it. If the information inside is hard to find, most buyers are okay with a less than good condition.

Also check for manuals for electronics, toys,other transportation vehicles……basically anything with working moving/working/breakable parts. It pays to do some research. Just search the term repair manual on Ebay and you’ll see the various types to be on the lookout for in the future.

And there’s your “treasure fix” for the day!

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3 Responses to “I don’t think this gum and masking tape are going to work…”

  1. I love your blog! You always have such useful information, and I can’t tell you how many times in the past month I have picked something up to look at it because of what I read here.

    I’m still waiting for my big flip to post on Friday. I hope it happens soon!

  2. Thanks! Always glad to hear that people are finding the information useful. Good luck in your adventures and I will be looking for your future “flip story”!

  3. Barbara says:

    Funny that you mentioned them. I had researched car manuals before but never found one to buy. I was at an estate sale this weekend and spent a lot of money the first day (including a set of Trafalgar limited edition suspenders-thank you for that tip!!). When I went back the second day I found a 1987 Corvette owners manual in perfect condition. I asked how much and they said “free-just take it”. Woohoo!!

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