Random Ebay Purchases; Confiscated Tools

Random Tool Assortment

At whim, I did a search of ebay for “ confiscated “. I figured that any of the random NTSA security theater booty would likely show up on ebay and “confiscated” would be a reasonable search term.

While most of the auctions show lots and lots of stuff with only 2 or 3 items in the actual auction, there were a handful of “random tools by the pound” auctions. I put a bid in on an allen wrench assortment and actually won! All total, it cost me $25.43 for the pictured set of tools.

I needed allen wrenches, but got so much more. Beyond the allen wrenches, of which there are several very nice sets, there are also a bunch of miniature screwdrivers, some random nut drivers, some driver bit sets, a spark plug wrench and– oddly– a single arcade joystick handle.

Strange. Worth the money and entertaining, to boot. Why the TSA might find an arcade joystick threatening is beyond me. Hell, why was someone carrying such a thing in the first place?!?!!

Or, for that matter, why are allen wrenches a big deal? Or miniature screwdrivers?



3 Responses to “Random Ebay Purchases; Confiscated Tools”

  1. John C. Randolph says:

    Hey, that’s a great link! Now, what am I going to do with fifty pounds of pocket knives?

    -jcr

  2. Harvey Swik says:

    Every time I take a flight to see my friends/family I carry allen wrenches and other tools with me. Why? Because there’s generally something wrong with a computer and it’s alot easier to deal with if I’ve got the right tools.

    The TSA people always measure them but then let me go. From the size of the wrenches in the picture I’m guessing next time I should bring another bag to check in any tools.

  3. bbum’s weblog-o-mat » Blog Archive » What is in your everything drawer? says:

    […] I also have specialized everything drawers in my garage. My screw drawer, for example. And my allen wrench drawer. Or the drawer that contains 12 lbs of bottle openers and pocket […]

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