User avatar
simonbeans
VDH Moderator
Posts: 924
Joined: Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:00 pm
First Name: Allan
Location: Rochester NY

Valves

Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:52 am

I have 5 J-valves for sale. They have not been re-built, but I am sure they are serviceable. I do not have prices on them, email me at [email protected] and we go from there.

I have been listing good vintage dive gear here over the past few weeks. Thus far there has NOT been any offers or interest.
WHY?
1) Asking prices too high?
2) Little interest in vintage diving anymore?
3) Everybody has all they need or want?

Just curious.

I don't like selling on the E site, VDH has always been "home".
Image
Check out my website: www.vintagescubastuff.com

User avatar
ScubaLawyer
Master Diver
Posts: 1335
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:25 am
First Name: Mark
Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Re: Valves

Sat Oct 05, 2019 1:32 pm

Hi Alan, speaking only for myself I currently have too many vintage dive gear projects in the works and no time to get to any of them at the moment, and they all take $$$; otherwise I'd jump at the valves. M
"The diver who collects specimens of underwater life has fun and becomes a keen underwater observer. .. seek slow-moving or attached organisms such as corals, starfish, or shelled creatures." (Golden Guide to Scuba Diving, 1968) :D

User avatar
SurfLung
Master Diver
Posts: 1462
Joined: Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:03 pm
First Name: Eben
Location: Alexandria, MN
Contact: Website

Re: Valves

Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:21 am

Hi Allan,
- Probably most of us who are active in Vintage equipment and diving will already have a bunch of valves... I have two boxes of them myself. The one I am always on the lookout for is the 1/2" NPT USD J-Valve. It seems like I can't find one when I need it and I don't need it when I can find one!
- The 3/4 thread USD J-Valves should be valuable and in-demand... I would think. Doesn't USD still make them for military and commercial divers? When I saw XS Scuba offering their new models of reserve valves for $300-$600... I was expecting commercial divers to buy up all of the bargain priced NOS vintage reserve valves... Cripes I got 2 or three of those in brand new, apparently unused condition for as little as $35 each. Those are sitting unused in my box of valves... I couldn't pass them up.
- I have learned how to service my J-Valves and I use them when I dive. But I get the impression most people (including vintage divers) look down their noses at reserve valves. Maybe a positive leaning discussion on VDH would get more people into the simplicity of diving J-Valves?
SurfLung
The Freedom and Simplicity of Vintage Equipment and
Vintage Diving Technique are Why I Got Back Into Diving.

Vancetp
Master Diver
Posts: 174
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:26 pm
First Name: Phillip
Location: Belmont CA

Re: Valves

Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:07 pm

A curious trend has been evolving on eBay in the last year or so. People are listing estate finds or crusty old stuff from the basement at ridiculous BIN prices or initial listing bids. It is becoming very difficult to find a core to rebuild at a price that will not cost more than the piece is worth. Also, few people seem to be interested in paying a fair price for serviced, dive-able equipment.

I no longer buy regulators to resell because I just can't get my investment back much less make a few bucks for my labor. I have several double hose regulators listed that have been languishing for months, and the only interest I see is the occasional $50 lowball offer from some idiot.

User avatar
Ron
Site Admin
Posts: 1675
Joined: Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:51 pm
First Name: Ron
Location: Puget Sound, Washington
Contact: Website

Re: Valves

Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:02 pm

Honestly I think this is market saturation. I've seen this in many larger business industries in consulting. Ratchet belts, for example, used to only be 1 company. Then others sprang up and made too much stuff. In our case it's supply side. There is a glut of old dive gear on Ebay, in dive shops, etc.

I got my non-mag for free from a shop, for example.

I think we've finally all hit the point where we have too much stuff, and prices have adjusted accordingly. I paid 800 bucks for my RAM. They are maybe 300 bucks now. I literally couldn't sell mine several months ago, so I just kept it.
The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed. -JYC

technidiver2
Diver
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:08 am
First Name: Alex
Location: Toronto ON

Re: Valves

Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:20 pm

To backup Ron’s point, what we have here in the Vintage Scuba Market is a high demand for cheap regulators due to the market saturation of old dive gear and a low supply of said cheap regulators.

Certain regs on eBay sell for too much, others not enough.

Phil’s regulators are excellent, yet I keep seeing them listed on eBay. Someday they will sell, as more people get into the hobby.

The solution to our issues is not by lowering the price even further, but getting more people into the hobby. I’m not saying that solely so that our regs will sell for a fair price and everyone benefits, but so that the hobby exists for decades to come.

User avatar
Ron
Site Admin
Posts: 1675
Joined: Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:51 pm
First Name: Ron
Location: Puget Sound, Washington
Contact: Website

Re: Valves

Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:20 pm

Also, and not to beat a dead horse because who cares, but I tried to do this years ago by getting approved by PADI to teach a vintage scuba class. I thought people were going to murder me when I suggested it, and then people said I was "in it for the money" which, prima facie, is silly because I could probably generate more income in an hour at my regular job than I could teaching 10 people a vintage scuba class over a weekend.

Still, I agree Alex. We need more divers in our funnel, so to speak.
The impossible missions are the only ones which succeed. -JYC

Return to “Vintage Only...Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests