Car salesmen are being encouraged to start the process of “ghetto-shopping” to get the most out of their tools.
The move comes after a recent survey found a majority of Australians have no idea where their tools come from.
Photo: Supplied But experts say it’s important to recognise the value of what you’re buying, particularly when dealing with a potentially difficult to find tool, such as a hammer.
“If you’re dealing with an item, you’re likely to end up looking for a better value,” Ms Sperry said.
“The idea is to find a better deal by looking at a lot of different options.”
The survey also found that nearly one-third of Australians surveyed said they had found a cheaper alternative to buying a hammer, and more than half had found an alternative tool to their hammer.
The survey found about a quarter of those surveyed had heard of tool-selling forums on eBay, with a further 25 per cent saying they’d heard of sites such as Gumtree.
One in three Australians polled said they’d used a tool to help with their work or life, and around a third of those had been offered a job with a tool.
But Ms Sperer said there’s also value in finding out what your tool is worth.
“I think if you’re interested in the tools you’re going to find, it’s worth going and looking for some,” she said.
One of the tools in the survey was a “tool box” that was valued at $100,000, Ms Spleren said.
This is an example of a tool box that was given to us by a buyer.
The toolbox was also used in the process.
“There’s a lot more to finding out if you need to get a hammer for work than just looking at price,” she added.
Ms Sleren said there was no doubt about what the best tool was to use for your job.
“You’re going for a tool that will do the job and be a pleasure to use,” she explained.
“So, I think if the best option is going to be a hammer and you can’t get a decent tool, it might be better to get an electrician’s saw.”
In a statement, eBay said: “We have never sold a tool on eBay without the consent of the seller.”
“We’ve never sold an item on eBay where we didn’t ask for the consent,” it said.
Ms Lark said there were many good reasons to ask for consent from the buyer before you buy a tool, including safety and environmental concerns.
“We know from experience how people often don’t get their money’s worth out of the transaction,” she told 7.30.
“It’s always better to do the research first and ask for their consent.”
She said she was glad to hear the tool-buying forums were going.
“They’re a really great tool for helping people find a good deal,” she joked.
“But there are some really important things to consider before you start.”