Cogito wrote:How do you guys find these deals? What is the best online dealer to monitor? I'm still new at this.
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There's lots of great dealers of Spyderco. Start off by trying New Graham Pharmacy, Knife Works, and BladeHQ. Jim Howe who owns Howe's Knife Shop is closing out his inventory and you may be able to find some clearance deals there. Jim & Barb have been great to me and I've had the pleasure of buying some wonderful Spyderco's from them over the years.
Some of your best "deals" however, will be found on the secondary markets. BladeForums is my favorite hangout. There are some really quality guys and gals over there. There is a fee if you want to sell, but it's free to make offers if you're just buying...you just have to register and make a profile/account.
eBay can be a goldmine or a minefield...caveat emptor. Some good deals, but quite a few clones.
With the secondary markets persistence and diligence checking the sales threads is the key. Many hotly coveted models sell in seconds after being listed-- no kidding! Choose sellers with 100% positive feedback and you'll be on your way.
I'll post up some pics of a couple of my most favorite deals tomorrow if I can carve out a minute or two.