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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Used 120-Good Deal???

I'm meeting a guy tomorrow to make an offer on a used 120g. It's just the tank and a generic stand. No other equipment

What would a reasonable asking price be? He is asking $500 (which I'm not willing to pay) but he is open to negotiating.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 04:24 AM
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$500 is crazy money for a used tank when you can buy a new one for about that price. I wouldn't pay more than $200 for it unless its something special but without knowing more about it I can't say.

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Really depends where you are located. Some places tanks hold their value pretty well. I wouldn't pay more than $1/gal and throw in $25 for the stand.

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I wouldn't do it for 500.
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I agree with ua hua. Two hundred dollars seems a fair price to pay. $120 for the tank and $80 for the stand.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 04:47 PM
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I agree with what everyone else is saying, see if he will go lower.

Just to give you something to compare to, I just picked up a used 100 gallon with stand, heater, filters, pumps, ect for $150.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 05:09 PM
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do what the American Pickers do throw him an offer if he doesnt bite then do the old "bundle" deal
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 05:40 PM
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$500 should get you a brand new 100-125gal including stand
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my drilled 125 aqueon was 475 brand new w/o stand.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome thanks guys.
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 07:06 PM
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It's pretty standard that the $1/g usually applies to aquariums up to 75g or so. After that the price per gallon goes up. 200 would be a good offer to start with plus whatever you think the stand is worth. $500 is entirely too much.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 10:05 PM
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$500 I think is pricey for a used tank of that size, even with a stand. And I agree that $1 is a good rule of thumb but isn't always feasible when buying a tank over 100 gallons.

For example, last month I purchased a 160 gallon tank with stand off craigslist for the asking price of $350. Although to some, that may sound pricey, there were other factors to consider on why this tank was a good deal. Although the stand wasn't anything special, the tank itself was an older Oceanic with thick glass, had no leaks and was 7 feet long (dimensions you really can't find much). I was going to wheel and deal to get it all for $300 but it was a guy going off to college and needed the money. . . so I didn't try and negotiate. He was just looking to unload it and not make a profit. And the guy threw in some "fish stuff" that I plan to resell to make back a little of the money. SO, in the end it was a win-win!

But here's the thing. . .. I had been looking for some time. Unless your needing a big tank now, waiting for the best deals can be very rewarding HTH

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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 10:25 PM
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Yea 200 would be the way to go. Most used tanks go for $1/gal unless your getting great equipment it is not worth it. I would definantly search around some more, there is better deals out there.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 10:30 PM
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First thing's first: LEAK TEST won't offer a penny without proof its still useable (as it is). I agree with the 1$/gallon too, stead price determined by materials and quality/condition.
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He didn't bite on the $200 but it actually worked out. We were planning on redoing our floors..which was going to require a tear down of my 90 so it was the perfect time to upgrade...but we decided to remodel the guest bathroom first. Now I have plenty of time to look around.
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