Used lathes can be purchased online through specialty machinery auction sites such as TradeMachines.com and Surplex.com, as well as general auction sites such as eBay.com. These sites allow users to bid on different lathes during a predetermined auction period that typically lasts several days.
Trade Machines allows its users to view currently active auctions sorted by a variety of filters, such as the country in which the item is sold, the seller and the date range the auction is taking place. Each listing contains pictures of the item, a detailed description of its condition, available features and the current highest bid. Once the auction ends, the user with the highest bid receives the item.
Listings on eBay also contain pictures and descriptions of the item, but as the site allows anyone to sell products, instead of only official auctioning companies or equipment dealers, the quality and detail of the descriptions varies between posts. eBay does provide a detailed seller rating system that allows buyers to read reviews written by all of a particular seller's past customers. The site also allows sellers to place a special Buy It Now price on items, which allows a customer to bypass the auction and purchase the item outright.