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Old 08-14-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default How much should I offer for a pool table?

A house I'm buying has a pool table in it, and the sellers are asking $500 for it, else they come take it away.

Should I lowball? It's in excellent condition.
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Tree Fiddy.

But seriously, give us more information on the pool table. That's like saying "I'm going to go buy a Miata for $5000. Is it worth it?" There's a lot more to it then it just being a pool table.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:22 PM   #3
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I have to go look at it. What should I look for?

Let's pretend it's a decent cheapie.
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See if you can get a hold of Cueball1.

He used to own a billiards store here in Portland, but recently moved with his wife to Idaho(?)

Because of said move, he might be hard to contact.
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decent cheapies are 300-400
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Ask then what it'll cost them to move it and offer them that amount
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If it is a slate bed it's worth $500 easy. It's already in place. If you pay someone to set one up it's about $300 to deliver, assemble and level with felt. If it's not slate, let them take it unless you can get it for $250 and it rolls well.
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No slate no care. Crawl under it and look for any mfg. Movers/sellers like to leave buisness cars under them too. If ity's a major brand, it'll be worth $500 all day long.

I picked up a Brunswick table for $500. The guy who came to move it knew exactly what it was and even knew the guy (previous mover) who left his car under the table...said they guy did work back in the 80's or something. Turns out the table is like 50 years old and is in excellent shape.




Pool Table Fun by AnonymousNamelss, on Flickr
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #9
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I would lowball...chances are they dont have a place to put it.
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It'll cost 'em $400 (minimum) to move the table. If the house is already under contract, it's time to low ball.
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How heavy is a pool table? Why would it cost $400 to move?
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I was looking into buying a pool table for my old office and decent (cheap & used) ones run around $400-600 + $350-550 to move/deliver it.
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How heavy is a pool table? Why would it cost $400 to move?
Weight and time to disassemble and reassemble. They way they level and wax over the assembly holes is pretty cool.
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Interesting. Had no idea. I would've assumed they are heavy but fairly straightforward to move. $400 looks to be on the low side if they have to get it disassembled, moved, reassembled (probably with new felt) and the leveled.

Offer $250 for it. If they balk at that, then ask them directly how much it'll cost to move and go from there.


EDIT: Also, if I ever buy a house with an appropriately-sized parlor, we're getting a ping-pong table.
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just set a ping pong table up outside
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A buddy has one set up in his garage. Playing ping-pong in 90+ degree weather sucks.
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ping pong is not conducive to drinking copious amounts of alcohol and/or getting laid so I don't play it
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That's right, I forgot you're in perpetual adolescence.
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you do realize that there is more to life than shitty beer and hooking up with chicks, right??
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Don't they re-felt a table every time you move it?
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