Anyone know of a site with a good buy/sell/trade section for home automation equipment? I've got quite a few new or gently used bits that I wouldn't mind parting with, but don't necessarily want to post them on ebay.
Alternatively, would hubitat consider adding a buy/sell/trade category here on the forums? If they did, would y'all use it?
Having a page like that would be handy, but I don't think you'd get the fairness or the reach you get with using an established site. Threads go out of site after a while and I think you'd only get responses from people that immediately see a post. That isn't really fair for someone to compete for an item they want because the first one would most likely get it. I think you're welcome to post something you have up for sale, but I think you have to be careful of waiting for bids here. Seems that there may be hard feelings if you go about it that way. Best to stick away from site, but you can post your link from ebay here to let people know. That way everyone gets a chance to bid. Several people sell things that way.
I wasn't thinking auction style sales, just post what's available, with an asking price or people can PM to make an offer. While ebay has a much larger audience, the audience here is going to have a much better knowledge of this type of gear. If I listed an Inovelli Red Series Dimmer, for example, many people here would know exactly what it is and whether it's something they want. Perhaps they even have something I'd want, and we could work out a trade deal.
If something doesn't sell, it's no big deal. It sits in a box of spare parts for a while longer, and maybe eventually I throw it up on ebay, if I really want it gone.
You were only king for a day @zarthan . haha. The selling is simply an opinion, of course, but I took it as wanting to set up something official here and not just saying that there's something you want to post from time to time. I was like oh I'll miss out on it if they do that! Every time. No fair! Nah way. Can I be queen today?
I think as we get older we give less of a shit about people knowing and liking us. I .... LOVE. ... That. I'm going to start being that on all of my junk mail. Classic!
Reminds me of a time a few years ago: I was in the elevator at work (courthouse). Coming up from the basement with a spoon to eat my yogurt. Leaning in the back of the elevator was a broom with no owner. Happens often here. Elevator stops on first floor and opens to a guy itching his back on the edge of the door. He turns around rather surprised by my presence in the back of the elevator leaning next to the broom and enters the elevator. He can't decide which floor he wants, so I volunteer that 2nd floor is State's Attorney and Court 2B and 3rd is court 3A (felony court day). He presses 3, door closes. He looks at me and asks "So are you coming up from the basement?"
I nod my head and state "No, I just ride the elevator scaring unsuspecting customers."
Door opens on two and I make my way off. As I'm exiting he blurts "Hey! You forgot you broom!"
I respond "No, they don't let me ride that during business hours. I only park it there. I'll be back for it later."
As I keep walking, I can hear him laughing all the way up to felony court. I think "dammit, no one heard me say that except for a felon? I need to get a better crowd."
THAT will probably never happen again.
Wait... Who actually gets rid of old HA gear??? I have always thought that all HA fanatics have a drawer/bin/box/storage unit for unused HA equipment that is just waiting for another use case to come along.
My world has been shattered.
Are you absolutely sure that's an age thing... I think I've been that way since my early 20s, and that in itself was over half a lifetime ago.
Since we're talking about titles and such like - here's my anecdote. My penmanship is terrible; the terminal "k" in my first name has often been interpreted as "le". I've received lots of mail and packages addressed that way.
In pre-9/11 days, the State of Illinois issued me a driver's license with that misspelling of my first name (I had to pay $35 for a new license that restored my dignity).
My ex said it was a rare instance of truth in advertising.