“There is a resale market out there,” she said. But how can she tap into it? Generally, the following factors increase your changes of selling an unusual, high-priced item:
1) the item is very unique
2) there is a limited supply
3) the people buying higher-priced items may not be hurting as much, despite the recession
4) it is in good to excellent condition
To get a good price you need to find multiple outlets where you could sell the stove, including:
- Craigslist – see how your listing compares to others before you publish it
- eBay – same as above
- Kijiji.com – an up and coming online classified site
- Consignment stores (for appliances in this case) – find more than one so you can negotiate a better deal
- Specialty stores for your particular item (such as AntiqueGasStoves.com or AntiqueApplianceCompany.com or AntiqueStoves.com) – if a site gets enough traffic this may be your best bet. You could also try general antique stores.
- Google “sell + name of your item” to find other outlets
Once you find a few places to sell your item, clean it really well and take great pictures. Write a very detailed posting, including any major deficiencies. The more questions you answer, the better. Think of it as more opportunities to make the sale. Collect pricing information so you know what is a realistic price.
List your stove on as many places as you can. Make sure the consignment store knows you have it listed elsewhere and that if you sell it they do not get a share. Re-post every three days so it stays fresh.