Used hand and power tools may be found at pawn shops, flea markets, thrift stores and live auctions. Other places to buy used tools include garage or yard sales, online, in classified ads and in some retail stores.
Buying directly from a person, garage sale or flea market allows for more negotiation room than purchasing used tools from a pawn shop or retail store. Pawn shops tend to have quality brand-name tools, and thrift stores usually have a smaller selection of low-quality tools. Large tools can often be purchased from a local auction. Online auction websites such as eBay have used tools for sale. Newspapers or websites such as craigslist may have used hand and power tools listed in the classified ads.