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post #1 of 10 Old 12-07-2019, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Iíve never purchased an Estate pipe. I guess Iím just Leary of what I think of as a used pipe. Are they reconditioned to almost new, are they worth the coin. Their are many affordable that are much cheaper than new and some decent deals.
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Itís a mixed bag, so it comes down to who youíre dealing with. Some etailers like Smokingpipes.com do a complete and through clean-up and sanitation, they donít try and hide anything and their descriptions of condition and measurements are accurate 99.5% of the time. Of course you pay a bit more for their services. Ebay is a crapshoot, their are a few very reputable dealers and more than a few whoís business practices are questionable at best. It is possible to get a deal on eBay but you do need to do the research and count on doing your own cleanup.
Generally the estate market is about 1/2 of what the pipe sold for new, depending on condition.
My advice would be to stick with the etailers until you have a chance to figure out whoís who on the bay.

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yup....smokingpipes is the route to go for estates imo...I've never actually bought an estate I just don't like the idea of an already broken in pipe but they've got a few unsmoked ones that pop up from time to time that are rare finds
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Call me adventurous, but my most recent purchase was an estate pipe from a garage sale. I did a fairly aggressive cleaning with rubbing alcohol (accidentally ended up removing some of the finish in the process though ) and it works great. As long as you're sure that everything has been properly cleaned you should be safe. Like said above, you can find pre-cleaned pipes online for less than half price; though at garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores you can usually find them under $10 as long as you are willing to do the restoration yourself.


Edit: To answer the question of if they're worth it, since most decent pipes seem to last forever if taken care, then as long as they are in good condition by the time you start smoking it then it's defiantly worth it monetarily assuming you don't mind estate pipes.
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I have bought both off ebay and Smokingpipes, the one from smokingpipes was like a new pipe, the ebay pipes i didnt trust and i did a deep sanitation on them but then again i bought them to learn how to clean up a pipe lol
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Ok fellows smokingpipes it is, Iím not much of an e bay fan! Thanks
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Ok fellows smokingpipes it is, Iím not much of an e bay fan! Thanks
Agree with all of the above.

High quality estate pipes from reputable online retailers are the great bargain in the pipe world. Not surprisingly, the more expensive the pipe costs new, the better the discount when sold "used." The holiday season is a good time to shop for estates. Some top specialty pipe seller have holiday sales that knock off 10% or more. Some don't charge sales tax out of state and most European sites deduct the VAT. Most pipe specialty and European sites do charge for shipping.

Here are a few other sites where I've gotten some great deals, especially during sales:

Pipes2Smoke.com, Briar Blues (it pays to sign up as an insider to get discount prices), Pulver Prior Briars, and NeatPipes.
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I love estate pipes, I've bought some dirt cheap on eBay to learn how to restore, and I've bought a few from Smoking Pipes. I don't regret any of those purchases.
*Side note. Briar Blues doesn't have any Castello Great Line's because David already bought them all. Lol

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I love estate pipes, I've bought some dirt cheap on eBay to learn how to restore, and I've bought a few from Smoking Pipes. I don't regret any of those purchases.
*Side note. Briar Blues doesn't have any Castello Great Line's because David already bought them all. Lol

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