Please help with MSRP $$ estimate for a Benefit Auction

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Forum topic by Eddie posted 02-16-2014 09:07 PM 1000 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2014 09:07 PM

Hi guys,

I was asked to contribute a few pieces to a benefit auction to help raise money for a family adopting two siblings in Haiti.

I have nearly finished the pieces and they mentioned they would like an MSRP or fair market price to list with the description as a bidding guideline.
I am terrible about pricing things and usually just do commissions for friends and family.

Please help.

I need individual prices for these:

15.5”x 12”x 1.25” Long grain cutting board using beautiful Birdseye Maple and Jatoba.

Wine Bottle balancers – (1) Jatoba w/ pine accent (2) Purple Heart w/ Maple accents

What would you guys consider a reasonable price to list?

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 09:18 PM

Eddie – first thanks for being willing to contribute such nice pieces for a charitable cause. As far as a MSRP, take your msterial costs and times that by 3. That’s what I do when asked for a starting point. Some will argue that you should start with what you would sell it for at a show, however since it’s a charity I don’t think show prices are a good guage. I have had numerous things in auctions and have never had a piece sell for less than twice the show price. A lower starting point in a bidding event gets people excited about a great product and before you know it there is s bidding war going on and the chairty ends up doing quite well. If you start too high you’ll have less people eho think they have a shot at getting something so nice.

Just my thoughts but I’m sure some will disagree and have other advice.

Goid luck.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 03:46 AM

$1 Bob


I think $30 range for the stabilizers and $50-$75 for the cutting board, but i could be way off base with this

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 04:30 AM

I recently donated very similar cutting boards to a benefit auction. The Birdseye Maple cutting boards I valued at $79 and $129. Both sold for more than my value

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 04:57 AM

I would say $25 – $30 for the balancers and $85 – $100 for the cutting board.

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 05:32 AM

Betsy- thank you for the kind words

Thank you all so much for your help and input.
After debating for a while I ended up saying $65 for the cutting board and $25 for the balancers. And when I sent them the info, he laughed and said for items so nice he would be adjusting them up in price.

I guess he is listing the board a $125 and balancers and $40
He has done a couple auctions and had similar items in them, so I am trusting his opinion.

I only see the flaws in my work anyway, makes it hard to price it.

Thank you all once again for your help.
It was a huge encouragement to know that the items I made were worth more in all your eyes than I ever really thought!

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