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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 06-01-2012 05:55 PM 746 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Texchappy

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06-01-2012 05:55 PM

We’ve got a nice Dining room Suite we got from Haverty’s about 9 years ago. It’s really too big for the space we have now and I’m itching to make one to replace it. How in the world do I figure out how much to try to sell it for?

Is there a good outlet to sell it besides Craig’s list etc?

TIA,
Tony

-- Wood is not velveeta


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Sawkerf

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 09:18 PM

IME, used furniture almost never sells for very much. Styles change and the set that looked so good when new just looks dated now – even if it’s been perfectly maintained.

Put it on Craigslist if you want, but don’t expect to get a lot out of it. Other postings will probably give you an idea of a fair price. It might be worth more to you as a Goodwill donation and charitable contribution writeoff.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 09:23 PM

As a guide, whenever I try to sell something, I look to see if I can buy it first.

Ask yourself these questions;
What are people asking for similar pieces?
How does my piece compare to others offered for sale?
What price do I reasonably want to get for this item after all the haggling is over? (Expect haggiling—if you get your asking price then it is a bonus.)

If your item doesn’t sell after a while, you can reduce it until you get to your lowest firm price.
If it still doesn’t sell, you can usually get a better value if you donate the item to charity and take the tax writeoff.

Best of luck to you.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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