Reasonably priced pipes on Ebay

wbradkwbradk Apprentice
Any particular favorite brands on Ebay for those who are looking for pipes on a budget?  I have had some good luck with ROAD TOWN pipes on Ebay, and I have saved that search on my favorite search list.  Any thoughts?

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  • motie2motie2 Master
    @wbradk -- Again, I am one of those idiots who only smoke one brand of pipe. (Until VERY recently, I only smoked one mixture, Barbados Plantation.) I have thirteen pipes; twelve of them are EA Carey pipes. Two of those are from my first pipe life, in the 1980's. The other ten I've purchased on eBay. I've never paid more than $25.00 including shipping for a Carey from eBay.

    BTW, my lone non-Carey is a Duncan Hill Aerosphere, marketed originally by EA Carey.
  • I have two Road Town pipes, a straight bulldog, and a bent dublin, and I like them both. I have a Road Town bent chimney on its way to me right now, and it might be my last Road Town for a while -- Did you notice the "Buy It Now" prices from the same seller on pipes identical to the ones up for auction? Buy-it-nows from between (about) $120 to $180.
  • @motie2 ;
    I thought you had a nice Charatan as well?
  • @wbradk ;
    You looking at new pipes only, or “estate” pipes as well?
  • jfreedyjfreedy Master
    @wbradk — I started my eBay collection with some old Kaywoodies. They smoke great. A good resource for buying eBay pipes and pipes on a budget is the ebook, Old Briar by Dave Whitney. 

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/OLD-BRIAR-A-Book-About-Refurbishing-Pipes-Minimizing-Cost-of-Pipe-Smoking/392134981792?hash=item5b4d10f8a0:g:u6QAAMXQROxRF99x
  • motie2motie2 Master
    @RockyMountainBriar -- The Charatan: That's my best pipe, a gift from our lamented missing friend @xDutchx. I don't smoke it. I keep it in a display case; not with my pipe collection. I sorta forgot it.....
  • motie2motie2 Master
    Check out this video by Bradley at StuffandThings on YouTube.

    Buying a Tobacco Pipe on eBay? BE CAREFUL!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JNnjSS4x64

  • wbradkwbradk Apprentice
    Yes, the "buy it now" offerings are a nice joke; yet another example of "Ebay dreamers."  One cannot blame them for trying.  
  • wbradkwbradk Apprentice
    I've bought and sold maybe 100 pipes or so on Ebay over the years.  Haven't had any problems yet, but then I do not buy the expensive types; the best on that I sold was probably a 1904 Peterson bulldog, and none have been more than $200.00, and most much less. But, of course, maybe I've just been lucky and tomorrow I will have a problem.  I like to buy old briar that is in bad shape, then send them to Briarville Pipe Repair in Palm Harbor, FL, for Ric to refurbish.  The end result is often a pipe that I could not afford otherwise.
  • KenofAhwlbyKenofAhwlby Enthusiast
    I’m conflicted about the video that motie presented.... The guy makes one good points, however they are mostly common sense, which someone should figure out after there first two times on eBay,,,,I have been on eBay as a seller and a buyer since they started.  The problem I have with the video,,, and yes, I know that guy has made many videos and he is the favorite star of too many... However,, his scruffy beard is a turnoff,,, I have a beard, however his is weak....And then the knitted skull cap,,,,,aren’t those for sixteen year olds....The worst thing is the background...clothes hangin haphazardly on some kind of rack....just not professional..... I know there are loads fo amateur videos on YouTube and many are very nicely done,,,,However his are so crude,,, I just can’t take him as credible.....sorry if he is a hero of yours and I have offended,
  • motie2motie2 Master
    edited April 11
    KenofAhwlby -- No harm; no foul. I just thought his basic points would be good for folks who had not considered buying a used/estate/vintage pipe on eBay. Also, (spoken gently) don't judge a person by his appearance, eh?

    Alternative views have been posted here previously:

    Buying Pipes on eBay

    There are two main categories of pipes offered for sale on eBay: new and estate. 

    New pipes are just that: un-smoked and never sold before. On the other hand, estate pipes are pre-owned and offer a great opportunity to get a very good pipe for half or less of the normal price at retail. These estate pipes can be smoked or un-smoked. Pre-smoked pipes offer the greatest chance at an excellent bargain and, when properly cleaned and sterilized with any potable alcohol, can be truly marvelous acquisitions.  

    Often you can find exquisite handcrafted pipes made by some of the finest pipe makers in the world at a small fraction of the price on eBay. The standard rule of thumb is that if you have no issues with using restaurant silver and glassware, you should have no problem smoking an estate pipe once it has been properly cleaned and sterilized with alcohol.

    The internet is a great boon to the pipe smoking enthusiast hoping to purchase an excellent pipe or locate some rare tobacco. At any given time, there are literally tens of thousands of items under “ pipes” on eBay. However, a huge percentage of them are, if not junk, then at least not to be recommended. Purchasing pipes or anything on eBay can be fun, and the possibilities of finding a bargain on a jewel are frequent, but such purchases are best made with strategy and wisdom.

    Here some tips to purchasing pipes on eBay:

    1. There are no great pipes for a dollar or two. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

    2. Most of the Made-in-China pipes that say “quality” are pure junk. 

    3. A pipe advertised as "genuine wood" is not a "briar"  (see tip #5)

    4. Stick with reputable pipe makers if you’re not pipe-savvy. Brands like SavinelliPetersonDunhillStanwell and Davidoff will always offer you a great smoking experience if it’s authentic and the pipe is in good condition. Even less expensive brands like Dr. Grabow offer a good introduction to pipe smoking. 

    5. Look for pipes made from Briar and Meerschaum only. 

    6. Before buying or bidding, you might be able to research the pipe on various pipe forums and Facebook groups to see reviews and information. 

    7. There is such thing as counterfeit pipes so be sure you examine the photographs, read the description and determine whether the seller is reputable. 

    8. Examine the photos and descriptions carefully; look for cracks, charring, teeth marks, discolored stems, etc.

    9, When in doubt, ask one of the TPL forum members. 

    10. Use the eBay search function to narrow down your search.


    How to Buy an Estate Pipe for Less

    Pipe smoking or collecting elicits images of dark libraries, curling smoke and aged whiskey. Regardless of if you are a collector or are toying with the idea of pipe smoking, there are a few ways to get a great piece for less to capture the nostalgia of this masculine accessory.

    There are two main categories of pipes offered for sale: new and estate.

    New pipes are just that: un-smoked and never sold before. On the other hand, estate pipes are pre-owned and offer a great opportunity to get a very good pipe for half or less of the normal price at retail. Estate pipes can be smoked or un-smoked. Pre-smoked pipes offer the greatest chance at an excellent bargain and, when properly cleaned and sterilized with any potable alcohol, can be truly marvelous acquisitions.

    Estate pipes represent such an opportunity. If you have no issues with using restaurant silver and glassware, you should have no problem smoking an estate pipe once it has been properly cleaned and sterilized with alcohol.

    eBay is a great boon to the pipe smoking enthusiast hoping to purchase an excellent estate pipe. There are literally tens of thousands of items under “pipes” on eBay. However, a large percentage of them are, if not junk, then at least not to be recommended. Purchasing pipes or anything on eBay can be fun and the possibilities of finding a bargain on a jewel are frequent, but such purchases are best postponed until one has gained the experience to be a savvy buyer. 



  • KenofAhwlbyKenofAhwlby Enthusiast
    edited April 11
    @motie2,  no harm taken....though I do judge a person by their appearance,,, especially if they are trying to present themselves as an authority..For example,, there are so many guys making youtube videos on guns and their dress leaves a lot to be desired...If a person hasn’t enough respect for their audience to dress clean and neat,,,, I don’t have see much value in their opinion.....
    I gather the guy posting that and the other pipe videos is someone’s son or favorite brother,,,,but still I think pay some attention to the background.

    Also you said everything  that needed to be known in a much better fashion, lot less words,,,, though you did repeat yourself......and you are much better looking....
  • KenofAhwlbyKenofAhwlby Enthusiast
    How the heck do I edit a post??
  • motie2motie2 Master
    edited April 11
    KenofAhwlby -- You wrote: <<you did repeat yourself>> 
     

    You also wrote: <<you are much better looking....>>

  • jfreedyjfreedy Master
    Like @wbradk I have bought and sold many pipes on eBay and have not been burned yet. Like @motie2 suggests... just use common sense, exam the photos carefully and do your research. I’ve scored a few great deals too. I bought a handmade Upshaw Tilshead for $15 and a 1960s GBD pot for $20 (including shipping). In fact, my latest purchase was a barely smoked (only 5 times according to the seller) Castello Sea Rock KKK for $150. This pipe goes for around $300-$400 new. This is by far my nicest pipe and it still looks brand new. 
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