This shouldn’t be so difficult.

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Forget toilet paper and gas shortages, the really rare items these days are clearly pool tables.

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As I mentioned in a previous post, the husband wants to replace our gifted (read free) inferior table with something bigger, better and more stylish.

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The problem is, in the entire state of Maine? I can only find 3 stores that sell what we’re looking for and none of them have inventory. They all told us to look online, find what we wanted and then come back to place an order.

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While we’ve narrowed it down to the classic style with tapered legs and leather ball baskets, choosing a table online means not being able to feel the quality or take it for a test drive. Heck, they all look good in the pictures…. which is why my husband has had me scouring Craig’s List and Facebook marketplace. We’ve checked out quite a few used tables and none of them have been worthy. Until I found this beauty.

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We drove an hour and a half to see it. The husband took it for a test drive.

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It was custom made in Maine of solid oak, lovingly cared for and best of all? Cheap! Husband wanted to change the felt color, but liked the table and was ready to fork over payment then and there…. but I suggested we check what it would cost to have the table professionally moved and set up in the Barn Mahal first…. and that’s when the whole thing came crashing down. We got estimates from 4 different places and the lowest was… are you ready?

$1,950.

To. Move. A. Table.

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I understand it has to be disassembled and reassembled, but damn Sam. Why on earth would I pay $900 for a used table, twice that to move it and probably another $500+ to change the felt…for a total of $3,350… when I can buy a brand new table, including delivery, set up, choice of style, wood finish and felt color, plus a set of pro balls for $3,500?

I wouldn’t. So I guess we’ll be shopping online and hoping for the best.

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29 thoughts on “This shouldn’t be so difficult.”

  1. Yes, my SIL and husband found out the same thing as you have. Buy a new one and at least someone else will be responsible for the table being perfectly balanced. Still, it’s a pricey thing to acquire.

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    1. The table we have now is small. Not slate topped. The legs fold in and it’s basically “portable”. While I agree it’s not a good table…. my husband is not a good player either.

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      1. When you can get the tidily wink to jump over or land precisely in a glass on the bar it is physical… or jacks. Now if you combine the two that is serious physical and maybe probably some drinking too…

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  2. The price makes sense given all the labor but, yeah, damn. At least it’s not a snooker table which is much bigger. A standard snooker table is twelve feet by six which is why you don’t see as many of them around.
    I promise not to mention this to the husband, though, or he might want one.

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    1. Though our barn/man cave is large, the spot was allocated for a table is not. We have a 6 foot and are going to a 7. (That’s interior measurement) Any bigger and the cues would be taking out windows.

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