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Rare doesn’t mean never

Some replacement parts are exceptionally hard to find.  Generally anything we don’t make for Revere Ware cookware falls into the somewhat hard to find category.  But, given the high number of Revere Ware pieces available for sale on eBay, you can find a lot of cookware pieces to use as a donor for parts you need.

But some items there just aren’t a lot of, like pans with the older style handles.

The bale handle pot is one of those items.  The Bakelite part on the bale handle you just can’t find.  And there aren’t a lot of them available on eBay.  Even if you did find one to use as a donor, they are very nice, and it is hard to imagine sacrificing a good bale handle pot to use the handle on another one.

So I was somewhat surprised to find this on eBay today:

 

I can see what happened, this bale handle fell off of the pot it was attached to.

 

Other than spot welding it on again, this isn’t really a replacement bale handle, the the Bakelite part come off and goes on pretty easy.  I do happen to have a bale handle pot with a broken handle, so this was a good find for me.

It just goes to show, rare doesn’t mean you can’t ever find one, if you keep trying.

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Revere Ware on eBay continues to grow

It was less than two months ago that we bench marked the number of Revere Ware related listing on eBay at just under 13,000.  But now:

Wow.  Just wow.  It is hard to pinpoint exactly what is causing this upsurge to continue at such a rapid rate.  In much of the country, life is slowly getting somewhat back to normal.  Our sales have slowed a little from the holiday high, but still remain far above our typical level as evidenced by this graph of monthly sales for all the years we’ve been in business.

You can see 2020 broke ranks in March / April from prior years and continued at a high level throughout the year, interrupted only when we removed our parts from Amazon.com in October 2020 due to some inappropriate customer behavior.  This year the part has continued, with last months sales more like what a typical December used to be like.

There has been a lot of talk about what changes that were forced upon us by the pandemic will remain.  It seems that cooking at home is still wildly popular by all measures.

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This is what a good deal on used Revere Ware looks like

At $99 Buy-it-Now price, with free shipping, for a 6 quart pot, 1 1/2 quart sauce pan, and 1 quart sauce pan, all from the vintage era, this lot is very reasonably priced.

Sure, they don’t have lids, but those are easy enough to come by, and if you already have a Revere Ware collection, you probably have lids that will fit.

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revereware.org eBay auction categorizer is even better

If you aren’t familiar with our revereware.org site, it takes all the Revere Ware listings from eBay organizes them into categories and sorts items by size. 

We recently made some improvements to better handle the larger and larger number of listings for Revere Ware on eBay carried there.  It wasn’t too long ago that the total number of Revere Ware items on eBay surpassed 10,000 listings, and now it is almost at 13,000!

If your technically curious, the problem we ran into is that eBay only allows up to 100 pages of listings to be downloaded by their programming interface, and a maximum of 100 items per page, meaning, it was cutting us off at 10,000 items.  We had to break the search into smaller parts, by price, to be able to run two overall queries and get all the items listed.

Not ones to slouch, we also fixed a bug that didn’t show the correct number of items in some categories, and remove more of those annoying listings that list our parts from Amazon.com on eBay but at a higher price.

So enjoy!

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Funny eBay drop-ship listings

I got my dose of humor this morning finding a couple of listings for our parts on eBay.  If you aren’t familiar with drop-shipping arbitrage, it is the practice where people take items for sale off Amazon.com, for example, and list it on eBay for a higher price.  When someone places on order on eBay, they simply execute an order on Amazon.com for the item, thus, getting Amazon.com to “drop-ship” the order for them.

We don’t like the practice at all and have tried reporting these sellers to eBay, as this is a violation of eBay’s policies.  It inflates the price to the buyer, the buyer has no possibility of getting support from us, and we believe the practice results in a higher number of returns that affect our standing with Amazon.com.

Other than that, they are great! 🙂

The first thing I found humorous about the two listings is that they cut off the full title of the product, which makes them rather confusing:

To top that, they chose to replace the actual description with these very interesting one liners.

Trade gasket?  Venerate?

I’m not sure what fusing two sets actually does.

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Old style pan / skillet handles available on eBay

If you are looking for the older style pan and skillet handles used on early pans made between 1939 and 1947 or so, there are a bunch of what appears to be the large or x-large size on eBay right now (auctions one, two, three, and four).

Here is a good view of the difference between the new handles (top two) and the old style handles (bottom two) for which we don’t make replacements.

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