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Used equipment that have drawn comb and all the goodness of bee smell inside from a dead out. I would think is better for a Package as it will give the bees a leg up. Would also be good for Swarm traps too.

Would this equipment be worth more for these reasons?
 

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If yes I have a fantastic bridge to sell you. It's worth every penny.
Used equipment is worth more to the owner than the buyer. Imo there is a risk of afb that minimizes (voids?) any value. Comb is worth money but still has some risk so I'd rather produce it myself. Ie my comb is more valuable to me than your comb....
 

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Depends entirely on your location and who you are dealing with. In my area I have not seen AFB in ten years. But previous to that I bought a pile of dead outs from an elderly beek who swore he had no AFB and I used that equipment to start thirty nucs and everyone of them was full of AFB. I had to dispose of all the frames and scorch the inside of the boxes and that was that. So since you can scorch covers, bottom boards and boxes that sets a base value for used equipment. If Joe and Jill Wannabee got their new hives, put bees in them and never looked in them again, they swarmed and failed to requeen and died out, that discouragement sale is a bargain because the drawn comb is of great value to a new package or nuc and gives them a real head start.

Some states have pressure chambers to sterilize used equipment also and that is worth looking into. Like all things in life and bee keeping mileage may vary. Some bees seem to fight off AFB infection. I would not knowingly buy used equipment or buy nucs from anyone who I know to regularly feed terrymiacin extender patties spring and fall so they just never have a problem. They are breeding resistent AFB! Also looking at pictures of the disease and more important smelling it, will go a long way toward not buying infected equipment. Never pay more than new! But bargains from disallusioned new beekeepers are normally a bargain.
 

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Used equipment that have drawn comb and all the goodness of bee smell inside from a dead out. I would think is better for a Package as it will give the bees a leg up. Would also be good for Swarm traps too.

Would this equipment be worth more for these reasons?
It all depends on your appetite for Risk/Reward and if you are talking about buying or selling.
I believe it is Alabama that has a moratorium on importing comb. Someone there thinks used comb is very bad.

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IMO used equipment is worth far less due to the risk that comes with it. Here in CA, commercial beekeepers have offered me free frames as they cycle it out to the trash - because nobody wants it.

If it were me, I'd rather start from new equipment then have a little jump start with a huge risk. Plus, the longer you keep bees the more old comb seems to pile up and THAT has value.

You could always order some better comb. It's basically lab produced beeswax that's already "drawn out". You just place it in a frame and it's ready to be laid in by the queen, etc.
 

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Pressurizing a gas of some sort as I remember. I was not clear and I know how alarming just the mention of pressure must have been to you. I am just not pressure woke I guess.
 

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Used equipment that have drawn comb and all the goodness of bee smell inside from a dead out. I would think is better for a Package as it will give the bees a leg up. Would also be good for Swarm traps too.

Would this equipment be worth more for these reasons?
It would be worth more with a colony of bees inside the box and sold as a working colony or as a nuc. If the box isn't to be included, then sell as "Bees on Frames - bring your own box when collecting". Healthy bees will provide an assurance that the equipment is also disease-free.
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Amibussiness... We run only deeps, so a deep is a deep, put it where you want.

As to the age of our comb: Since we do not use miticides, we do not replace comb as often. When we do, it gets melted out and new foundation istalled. The age is hard to guess. Alot of our frames stll have the "tit" on the end of the top bar. Maybe from the '60s??? The oldest roof I handled this year was from 1924.

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I installed my packages on my own drawn comb last year, they were miles ahead.

That being said, the state of massachusetts will come inspect any used equipment you purchase, it's a free service.
 
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