Pricing of collectibles on Ebay is difficult for me, even with such tools as Terapeak to help. Case in point, on Saturday, I found a box of Super Nintendo Entertainment System games, and was all but thanked for taking them off the owner’s hands for a whopping $5. Many of the cartridges were dirty, and some had masking tape price stickers on them. None had boxes or instructions.
Plus, I had no way to test them, but a deal is a deal, right?
So, I get them home, clean them up as best as I can, take a picture, and list them on Ebay for, well, I had no idea at first. Some of the cartridges, at least according to my research, were worth in excess of $20, provided they actually worked. Most of the cartridges were worth nothing, though. I tabulated the online prices of the worthwhile games, then basically cut the result in half because the games were untested, and came up with a price of $39.99. It seemed reasonable, and would bring a tidy profit on my $5 investment.
Ol’ dopey me thinks I should have priced them higher now.
Another sale that made me wonder about my pricing was a small lot of vintage sailing ship books. These books, which were not in good shape, had been sitting on my shelf for a while, and I finally got tired of looking at them. After researching the books, I discovered that they were quite common, and not worth much. So, I priced them at $18.99 for the lot. They didn’t quite sell as fast as the game cartridges, but were gone by the end of the day.
Joey said he laughed all the way out, and apparently to the bank as well.
Have a great week everyone.