Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Looking For A New Ride?

I'm not sure that anyone would visit websites like AutoTrader and search for a zamboni. No reasonable person would drive a zamboni as their everyday vehicle unless... no, there's really no "unless" situation. I don't know how often used zamboni machines are bought and sold, but it seems like there would be a very small, very niche market for these products. If you have the financial means and one becomes available that was used by a fairly recognizable hockey team, maybe you want to jump at the opportunity?

If the answer is "maybe" or better, you might want to check this eBay offering. According to the eBay listing, the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky - once home to the AHL's Kentucky Thoroughblades and the ECHL's Lexington Men O' War - is selling their zamboni that once resurfaced the ice for both teams. The cost for this piece of hockey lore? A cool $25,000.

The description is pretty amazing to read. The zamboni apparently has 1483 hours of operation under its hood, and it runs on propane or natural gas. They're selling it with four new tires, five sharp blades, and five dull blades. I'm not sure why one would want five dull blades, but to each their own.

The conditions are as follows:
Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
Those imperfections? "Some surface rust on driver side of tank" is the only wear-and-tear listed by the seller, lexingtoncenter. Honestly, in looking at the pictures, I can't say that the description is wrong as there are no visible dents or scratches, and it appears to be completely free of rust.

There was one thing on this listing that cracked me up, though. It's a fairly straight-forward, no-nonsense listing for a zamboni, but I think the payment options might be a little limited.
Um, I don't know about you, but how many people or businesses have a PayPal account with twenty-five grand sitting around in it, but lexingtoncenter would prefer if you could use PayPal if you're the winning bidder.

I don't think this zamboni will sell quickly.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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