whats a fair value for vintage wild country friends?

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p

Trad climber
NY
Topic Author's Original Post - May 7, 2013 - 11:00am PT
my friend has size 1,2,3, somewhat banged up, supposedly the "original" friends. he said he'd gladly sell them to me if i know what they are worth.
thanks
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 7, 2013 - 11:02am PT
according to the "cam snobs" he should pay you to take them..
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
May 7, 2013 - 11:02am PT
If you are the only buyer, then they are worth whatever you think they are worth.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 7, 2013 - 11:05am PT
If you give me $30 and ship them to me I'll dispose of them for you.

DMT

ps. I am not a cam snob. I'm not a vintage gear collector either.

VINTAGE.
p

Trad climber
NY
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2013 - 11:05am PT
its a good friend of mine. none of us wants to profit from the transaction for good karma.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 7, 2013 - 11:06am PT
OK serious answer - a beer a cam.

Seriously. Like 5 bucks each.

DMT
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
May 7, 2013 - 11:17am PT
Those rigid stem Wild country friends are worth about $10.00 to 20.00 each. Put a new sling on the unit & it's ready to go!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 7, 2013 - 11:26am PT
I pick them up if the price is $20 or less for those that do not need new triggers.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 7, 2013 - 11:27am PT
$10-20 each in "banged up" condition for the #2 and #3.
I've bought several for $25 each when in nearly new condition.
The #1 is not very useful these days - it fits such a small range of cracks that other cams dominate it.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 7, 2013 - 11:58am PT
20 bucks for a 25 year old cam? No frickin way :-)

DMT
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 7, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
Ebay has them going for about 20 bucks each.

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 7, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
Ebay is proof of 'suckers born every minute' (me included)

DMT
jabbas

Trad climber
New River, AZ
May 7, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
Take a flight to prove the existence of gravity and have one hold you away from the cold embrace of Mother Earth... They become priceless until 25 clams separates you from "it". Sounds fair.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
May 7, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
I once sold some used cams on eBay, clearly described as used, and included a detailed picture.

One buyer gave me a negative review because there were "little dents" on the cam lobes.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
May 7, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
$10-20 each.
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
May 7, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
One thirty pack and one cheeseburger.
Onewhowalksonrocks

Mountain climber
In the middle of the ocean
May 7, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
$20 each if they are ok.

Unless you are at the rescue site in camp 4, then they want $80!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
May 7, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
Want and get are not always very similar.

Looks like the consensus is $50 for the bunch.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 7, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
There ain't a person posting to this thread who would actually PAY $20 each for old Friends with nuts on the axle. I call bullshit right here and now.

DMT

ps. Your bud should GIVE you those cams and you should give your buddy some beer or bud in return. Good karma all around.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 7, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
There ain't a person posting to this thread who would actually PAY $20 each for old Friends with nuts on the axle. I call bullshit right here and now.

I have done it several times.
They are what I use on my rack.
Especially at Indian Creek.
They are still lighter than C4 Camalots....

If you want to lead Quarter of a Man, you need 12 #2s, as I discovered once when I only had 9.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 7, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Ok I stand corrected. Cheers

DMT
greyghost

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV
May 7, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
What Dingus said and make sure it's good bud! Or $10 to $15 each sounds fair
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
May 7, 2013 - 07:07pm PT


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skywalker

climber
May 7, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
If its a good friend why couldn't you just "borrow" them for as long as you need them??? I borrowed a friends kayak for several years when I had to be on the east coast for an extended period of time. I gave it back when I moved back and bought my own.

S...
jabbas

Trad climber
New River, AZ
May 7, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
My rack is slowly becoming just a pile of aluminum. I'm amazed at how little everyone thinks WC Friends are worth. I guess things would be different if Chouinard had his stamp on it. Old Chouinard biners seem to have gold inlay these days. Always under the impression that the nutted axle Friends were superior to the peened rivet looking end of later editions.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
May 8, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
Dang! You mean I been holding on my old rack of Friends for nuthin?

For sale: rack of Friends

Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
May 8, 2013 - 02:08pm PT
I was speaking purely from a collectors' perspective...I don't buy used pro to go climbing with.

Anyone know the lineage of Friends' evolution? Are pictures and descriptions posted on ST somewhere? - I searched but could not find the thread(s).
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
May 8, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
There's some information here:

http://needlesports.com/NeedleSports/nutsmuseum/camsstory.htm

If you had original friends, marked with just a "1", "2", or "3", circlips holding the cams to the shaft, then, maybe they'd be of interest to a collector. Still, they don't command a huge amount of money. Maybe 30 bucks per or so.

If they say Wild Country on them, they'd be worth, like said above, maybe 10 bucks per. People sell them here at swaps for around 5 a piece.

The older Wild Country models will say "patent pending" on them. Newer ones will list the patent number.

How are yours marked?
skywalker

climber
May 8, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
Sorry Roots, I didn't quite understand that that's what you were getting at.
Carry on ;-)

S...
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
May 8, 2013 - 04:10pm PT
I need to look at the ones I have. I think one has just a "2" stamped on it.

Anyways, thanks for the link to Nut Museum. Not sure why I keep forgetting to look there for information....hell I was on the site just yesterday and reading. Getting old I guess!
nutstory

climber
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
May 10, 2013 - 03:20am PT
WILD COUNTRY early production model Friend 3 (1978)
WILD COUNTRY early production model Friend 3 (1978)
Credit: nutstory
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