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Old 02-27-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Smokers With The Best Resell Value?

In your opinion or experience what is the smokers that hold their resell value best?
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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I hardly ever see WSMs on CL and when they do come up, they don't last long (unless they're priced at parity with new ones. ) Probably the same is true of the ceramic cookers though I have no direct experience with those. That's lkely to be the sweet spot for resale value.

Cheaper smokers (Char Broil, Char Griller) ECBs probably not so much. I see some that are regular residents on CL.

Once you get into the quality offsets and bigger smokers you have a smaller market. That makes it harder to get a good price though if you find a buyer who really wants what you have, they could get a decent return. Then again, maybe buyers in that market prefer to buy new and get exactly what they want. Again, I have no direct experience and I'm just speculating.

A UDS would be a special case. If you figure resale based on cost of materials, you could do well. If you factor in time and effort, you'll probably take a beating.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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In your opinion or experience what is the smokers that hold their resell value best?
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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i'd say big green eggs as well.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #6
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hard to say i have seen a lot of junk for a high price and some sweet stuff go low.
I wouldn't use a smoker as a investment.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:30 PM   #7
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Boy...I wasn't able to find a Backwoods smoker used for cheap. ..I see folks asking a bit lower than they are new, plus prices just went complaining from me. I'm getting a new one Saturday though:)

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:05 PM   #8
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If it can rust it will depreciate. I've never seen a BGE for sale but would have to give it the highest resale value.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:12 PM   #9
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The cheapest you find wsm's around here (when they do pop up) is for over 50% of retail.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #10
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Bought my 12-year old 18.5 WSM off CL for $100 and had to buy a new cooking grate. Bought my NIB 22.5 WSM off CL for $200 and sold the 18.5 on CL for $100 which means I'm out the cost of the grate after two years of steady use but I'm into the 22 at a net hundred plus the IQUE 110 I bought for it. Bought my NB Silver Smoker at a church garage sale for $25 and did all the mods to make it cook better. Sold it 5 years later at the same garage sale for $25 'cause nobody bought it off CL at $100. Bought $1000 Old Country Brazos from Academy to replace the COS. My ROI in the smoker area has not been good.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:50 PM   #11
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Not sure why you care about resale value.

Buying a smoker and planning on selling it is a bad idea.

Buy the smoker you want to cook on and keep it till it dies or you die first.
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