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#12854755 - 08/05/18 09:09 PM Used Abus?
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Thinking of buying a few used Abu 6500c3s. Any of you bought them used on Ebay? Experiences?
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#12854784 - 08/05/18 09:49 PM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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I have bought one 6500 C3, one 5500 C3, and 3 5000 C, all needed a few dollars for repairs, less than $20 total. All have been worth the money. Be patient and watch the shipping charge, some people ask ridiculous amount for shipping.

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#12854791 - 08/05/18 09:59 PM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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Yeah, I think this may be the way to go for me. I could buy twice as many used Abus than buying new.
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#12854803 - 08/05/18 10:21 PM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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I found all of these in my "fishing corner" in the den. I'll be sending a few off each week to a guy in Ohio that does great work. 18 reels in all and all lefties. I won't be buying new for a very long time
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#12854806 - 08/05/18 10:22 PM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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And with the protection from eBay and PayPal I doubt you will run into something where you wouldn't get reimbursed. But I have had nothing but positive experiences from eBay
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#12854895 - 08/06/18 06:49 AM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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I've bought several on ebay with good results. As said, watch shipping charges, they can blow what would be a good deal. Sellers will inflate shipping to reduce what they have to pay ebay for the sale. Also, stay away from the 2 speed abus. They are junk and no one wants to work on them.
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#12854899 - 08/06/18 07:01 AM Re: Used Abus? [Re: Justin B]
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Originally Posted By: Justin B
And with the protection from eBay and PayPal I doubt you will run into something where you wouldn't get reimbursed. But I have had nothing but positive experiences from eBay


+1... Also I go garagesaling and get pretty lucky sometimes...Here is a website of estate sales and you can search for fishing stuff in your area.

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#12854916 - 08/06/18 07:27 AM Re: Used Abus? [Re: Bob Landry]
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Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
Sellers will inflate shipping to reduce what they have to pay ebay for the sale.


Not anymore. Ebay charges sellers on the sales price AND the shipping fees. They're pushing more and more to get sellers to offer "free" shipping to compete with Amazon (this thinking mystifies me).

To the OP, the cost of servicing good used abus every few years will be much less than the cost of buying replacement reels. Have only had to throw away one in my lifetime because it got dunked in salt & wasn't cleaned in time. If buying on Ebay, just use your good judgment, pay attention to seller ratings, and if the seller has neutral or negative feedback, go read the comments before buying.
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#12854950 - 08/06/18 08:04 AM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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Solid information, fellas. I've been buying used camera lenses on Ebay. I've found some good deals. I figured why not see if I could find a few Abus the same way. Even if I tricked them out with the fancy bearings and such, I'd still come out ahead, just like on my camera lenses.
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#12856034 - 08/07/18 02:52 AM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
BankAngler81 Offline
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Yes I bought a used 6500 c3 from ebay for cheap because I didn't want to drill into a new one. I upgraded the spool bearings (boca), large knob power handle, mono magnet, increased capacity spool, & ct conversion bar with studs. This is for more casting distance from shore. It had scuffed side plates so I am sanding them for polished finish but definitely worth it. I took the reel apart to clean/grease/oil when bought & it was in very good condition otherwise.

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#12856036 - 08/07/18 03:09 AM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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Bank, what's a mono magnet?
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#12856220 - 08/07/18 09:04 AM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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Here is the mono magnet. It controls spool speed during hard casts. Also deleted level wind and installed CT conversion bar. Purchased from Ebay because I did not want to mess up a new reel.


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#12856232 - 08/07/18 09:13 AM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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Did you have to drill a hole for that magnet?

I bought a 6500C3 yesterday off Ebay for $65. Maybe not a bargain basement price, but I want to get started on collecting these. I figure the dual worm gear bearing upgrade will be plenty for me, making the C3 a C5. Probably pick up four of these over the next few weeks or months.


Edited by WillieRip (08/07/18 09:21 AM)
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#12856604 - 08/07/18 02:26 PM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
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Originally Posted By: WillieRip
Did you have to drill a hole for that magnet?

I bought a 6500C3 yesterday off Ebay for $65. Maybe not a bargain basement price, but I want to get started on collecting these. I figure the dual worm gear bearing upgrade will be plenty for me, making the C3 a C5. Probably pick up four of these over the next few weeks or months.


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#12856805 - 08/07/18 05:10 PM Re: Used Abus? [Re: WillieRip]
BankAngler81 Offline
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Yeah i had to drill an 8mm hole 5.5mm from center. The made in sweden 6500 abus are worth collecting. I have a 6601 c5 & donr like the thumb bar personally.

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