We have a lot more tools to give away!
The tools in the photo above are NOT the tools that we’ll be giving away, but the size of the pile seems fairly accurate. Sorry, that’s a lie, this pile of some of my Sears purchases (back in the day) is dwarfed by how much we have to give away.
I have… accumulated some tools. Too many tools.
There are some samples that didn’t work out for review. Personal purchases that were redundant. ToolGuyd explorations. Holiday season specials. Unsolicited tools that just showed up.
I’ve tried different tool styles over the years.
I have also aimed to create a Tool Guide, and I work on it every now and then.
What if someone has a question about a completed review sample?! What if readers ask for a comparison?!
How is that tool different from others?
Long story short, we have accumulated an archive of tool purchases and older review samples.
Not to mince words, I have grown intolerant of having too much space devoted to storing these tools, and too little space to work on personal products. When new samples or purchases come in, or something else takes up a lot of workshop space, there’s no place for it to go. So, everything ends up screaming to a halt.
Donating tools or giving them away takes time and effort, and so I tend to put it off for long spans of time. No, we cannot sell any of these purchased or provided-at-no-cost review samples. Technically we could potentially try to sell purchased tools, but I like to have a consistent policy of not selling anything.
This week I’m sending boxes of older tool samples out to a couple of readers, putting together another donation for the local high school, and also putting past purchases and tool explorations together for some local teachers.
There’s still more… so much more.
There are two small impact wrenches that I still don’t have a large enough compressor to sufficiently test. Yes, I’ve been meaning to upgrade to a stationary compressor, but there’s no place to put it!
I have some Tekton tools I purchased a few years ago, to gauge their quality. By some I mean two crates full of hand tools that I purchased during Amazon promotions.
There might be a couple of cordless power tools or power tool accessories, but most of the tools I want to move are hand tools.
There are some specialty tools, such as a drill-powered cable cutter, that I simply can’t test easily.
I’m open to ideas about how to organize the giveaways. We’re running a Mystery Box Giveaway, ending this week. But there’s more – so much more.
Last year, we donated I think it was 6 or 7 of the same exact mechanics tool set. I don’t even know how that happened. A new one showed up every single holiday season and Father’s Day!
The more specialty tools might be grouped together for like-themed giveaways at a later time.
Perhaps I could do a quick one minute video of the tools that are being given away, and then once I have enough to fill up a tool bag or small box, off they’ll go to one lucky winner of the week. Maybe a giveaway every two weeks? How many different giveaways should there be?
Here’s an example of how some of the accumulation happened: After a holiday season, I’d pack up my purchased samples, and they’d remain shuttered until something was needed for comparison or use.
Why did I buy special buys and tools during holiday seasons? Some were meant to be personal-use tools, others were purchased for educational purposes. I don’t like to post about holiday tools if I haven’t had sufficient exposure to form an opinion I could stand by.
Another problem with holiday season review samples is that the same tools are rarely available after the new year. So, if it’s a tool I briefly tested and wrote a deal post for, does it make sense to more formally review it in February when it’s too late for anyone to buy it?
I’m going to spend the next couple of days organizing things, and after that, maybe the first giveaway will kick off next week.
The biggest questions I have are 1) how to squeeze out just a little more editorial content before the samples leave my hands (e.g. social media video, YouTube, or brief written post?) and 2) how to sort through how much goes into each giveaway package.
Today I learned that a small Home Depot heavy duty box (16″ x 12″ x 12″) can easily hold ~25 lbs in tools. I’ll also pick up some flat-rate medium boxes from the post office.
Moving forward, we’re going to have to do giveaways more often, as I really like the idea of faster review turnarounds and more space to work. Frankly, if enough time passes where I need to grab an older review sample for comparison or similar, I can just request or purchase a second copy.
Thoughts? Preferences? Feedback?