I don't think you will see the prices much lower. What you will see is a "new" type tool or higher voltage battery operated one. I have to ask, are you just building up a tool storage area or are you going to be actually using these tools? Will they get lots of use, or sit on the shelf more? It does make a difference when purchasing by price or quality. I have lots of Craftsman tools but also have better quality tools for the jobs I need quality finishes on.
If you have never made a mistake, you haven't done much.
Gotta go with Majack on this one.
I've got thousands of dollar worth of tools(Ford tech) and pay at least 400$ a month on new tools.
Just buy the basics if you can,and buy the special stuff as you need it.
Also,craftsman isn't all it's cracked up to be anymore. The only thing they got left going for them is the lifetime warranty trade-in available at so many locations really.
I used craftsman handtools for years before I started working in a dealership. For day to day use they aren't the best tool to get honestly.
If you expect to use some of these tools pretty often then you can get better quality for a little higher price.
I've got literally a drawer full of craftsman ratchets at home to use,but the top drawer in my 5k$ toolbox has only a single Matco ratchet of each size in it.
They cost me around 140$ apeice,but knowing I won't need to use the warranty for at least 4-6 years is great.
Some tools are worth buying at sears still though,I buy smaller stuff and some nifty special tool gadgets that the tool trucks don't carry.
Don't buy what you don't need till you need it,I have a rule at work that I don't buy a tool till I have to borrow it twice.
You don't really need to buy that mig welder,if you only need to weld a single peice of steel do you?
You can rent most large tools and even small tools from auto parts stores and rental companies.
I rent from the local rental company often,simply because all my tools are automotive and I never have anything I need to do work at home usually,lol.