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So here is my rub it in post on what some careful shopping, or being in the right place at the right time will do for you. My objective was either a R849/R859 hand held flashlight, or a compact LED light for FREE! This proves that my at least one of my methods will get you stuff cheap or free. This works anywhere, just not in California.
I found this on Craigslist.
$150 for this kit, a R968. It came with what you see plus 4 batteries. 3(1.5ah) were dead, one was warranty-able, the fourth was a brand new 3.0AH Hyper LION battery.
Here is where the math comes in. If I sell off what I dont want, pretty much everything except for the batteries, charger and light. Prices are average prices on ebay for the last 2 weeks, and what I can expect to get for them when I sell them off to make what I am keeping free. My tools show use, they are not new so I would not expect big money.
No pricing available on ebay for the R968 kit, but the R9681 is $240-280 new cond, what I paid is an excellent price for the condition its in, plus a new $100 battery.
18V Compact Driver R86030 $60-80 new, mine, $40-50
R86447 1 handed recep. saw, 50-75 new looking, mine maybe $40
18V drill R86007 $25(used) $50 new, $25 for mine
24V max select saw $35-50 used
Lowballing everything, I can piece it out and put $140 or so in my pocket. I get a $100 battery, $69 battery (in two months when it shows up from Ridgid), $15 charger and a $20 light.
-$150 purchase price
+$140 recouped from selling what I dont wan't
Net cost $10 for $220 worth of stuff.