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 Post subject: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 2:47 pm 
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Hi Everyone, Stan-Ski's wife here. I want to know what is the best way to sell the over 80 radio's in Stan's collection. Not sure how to go about it. Any ideas would be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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Estes auctions in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. They will pickup and send you a check after their auction. Read their rules for auction first.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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Or have family members help you pack them up and bring them to the auction at the Michigan Antique Radio Club's July show in Kalamazoo. Either way, they all go away at once.

What you don't want to do is open the collection up to individual buyers coming in and purchasing one or two at a time, since they will "cherry pick" the collection for the best and most valuable ones and leave you with a group of sets having less value which are then difficult to impossible to sell and at that point the auctioneers won't be interested.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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Thanks Dennis, I am not sure which way is the best. To open for individuals I think would be hard. I will show your post to his daughters & son-in-law. It is very hard to part with them since this was his life.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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A well advertised auction can draw a lot of potential buyers to the sale.

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I haven't been in here in a while. What happened to Stan ?

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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It is very hard to part with them since this was his life.

You might want to keep one or several of them.

I've kept my late wife's sewing room pretty much intact, with her machine and other things she used, and made.

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God Bless you Stan for everything you gave to this forum. Bless you for who you were and everything you gave to those you touched with your humor and special personality. You will be remembered by many.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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I would suggest you have a local "radio" friend prepare the descriptions, and help you put them on ebay. That will certainly bring the largest audience and best prices, and would be the simplest preparation.

There most likely are manuals for much of the equipment so making sure the "docs" go with the radios would certainly be an added plus for each sale.

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Ebay is good if you have a few radios and like to pack them correctly but 80 of them would become a full time job. But I agree you have a wider audience with ebay...

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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hoffies2 wrote:
Estes auctions in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. They will pickup and send you a check after their auction. Read their rules for auction first.


Estes is in Medina, Ohio not Fort Wayne. Email: Esteshotrod57@aol.com

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 2:08 pm 
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bullseyeguyz wrote:
hoffies2 wrote:
Estes auctions in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. They will pickup and send you a check after their auction. Read their rules for auction first.


Estes is in Medina, Ohio not Fort Wayne. Email: Esteshotrod57@aol.com

Had been to his auctions 10-12 years ago in Fort Wayne, I assumed he was headquartered around that area, Medina it is.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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Mikeinkcmo wrote:
I would suggest you have a local "radio" friend prepare the descriptions, and help you put them on ebay. That will certainly bring the largest audience and best prices, and would be the simplest preparation.

There most likely are manuals for much of the equipment so making sure the "docs" go with the radios would certainly be an added plus for each sale.

Not worth dealing with Ebay, Paypal, shipping, shipping materials, broken in shipment and picky picky buyers. With auctions its done and over with. JMO


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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Seek a radio museum that has a 501c3 with IRS, they may be willing to take the collection and sign off. Check with your tax accountant, value can be deducted from estate taxes.. Any one item over $500 or group over $5k will require a certified appraiser. No one to quibble price, no shipping, no awkward income tax. If going to a radio museum is of no consequence then Good Will, Church or other similar with 501c3 is fine. You can box lot small odds & ends in the ARF classifieds...

I have done this twice and will do it again, worked without a hitch.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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My advice would be to perhaps keep one or two radios that meant a lot to Stan or that you really like and see if the children would want a radio or two then the rest can go to an auction.


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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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I'll also suggest Estes Auctions. They specialize in antique radios and will pick everything up for you.

If you decide on an auction please let us know because many of us would like a chance to bid on some of Stan's radios.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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There was a lady on here not too long ago in a worse situation than you - so you may see if any of the ideas posted over there will work. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=313168

Unfortunately word got back through other means that due to her circumstances - she basically either had to leave them all behind in a storage and let the storage go to auction with only the storage company receiving any money, set them all out on the curb hoping somebody would pick them up and do something with them or take them all to the swapmeet and just set them all in a corner someplace as freebies like you get at the end of the swapmeet on whatever mdse nobody wants to haul home again.

Even if you have all the knowledge in place beforehand
Mr. Detrola wrote:
individual buyers coming in and purchasing one or two at a time will "cherry pick" the collection for the best and leave you with....sets ...which are then difficult to impossible to sell. At that point the auctioneers won't be interested anymore
and you'll have a ton of white elephants on your hands.
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Seek a radio museum that has a 501c3 with IRS, they may be willing to take the collection and sign off.
Trouble with that is - most museums and archives are in the same dire straits as everybody else - no place to store them - no manpower to do the transportation repairs or cosmetic touch-ups and noplace to display them among other problems.
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Good Will, Church or other similar with 501c3 is fine..
You'd really have to go do a little undercover sleuthing at the thrift shops in your area and see how - or if - they take care of antiques.

Most places here (Purple Heart, St Vincents Salvation Army Value Village etc etc) just set them out on shelves next to the other electronics (coffeepots toasters plastic cassette decks etc) so of course they are out in the open - get all the tubes and knobs and etc stolen off of them - and the remainders get trampled by kids nobody is paying attn to - same with vintage (or any other) toys or stamps or trains or coins or.....

The remainders from THAT get swept up and thrown in the dumpster by idiot staff who were too dumb to take care of them properly in the first place only to be hauled away to the landfill.

Same with most church or library or other yearly Withdrawn Merchandise sales. These places have none of the necessary knowledge and none of the necessary staff or time to be able to handle this type of equipment effectively anymore than anybody else.

But also watch out for the ones that put everything behind glass showcases - because this time - whoever has the keys to the showcase still has none of the product knowledge and none of the interest.

Meaning as soon as you have the person open the showcase - they are breathing down your neck to close it again whether the radio is outside in your cart or back on its' shelf. These people are trained to be constantly pressuring you to either put it back in five seconds or take it to the front and check out (being monitored by store staff all the way - so it has to be pretty much the last thing in your cart).

Meaning - the rest of the mostly male mostly senior citizen crowd that's the audience for this product - is usually driven away prior to purchase by all these idiot kids with more important things to do in their life (go home, go on break, eat lunch) than service their customers in the way best suited to the situation.

Some 501c3s have special auction divisions that have dedicated staffs that do nothing all day long but research and place items on eBay/Amazon - Goodwill and St Vinnies being two examples thereof. Most of the time their auction divisions have nothing to do with their standard donation/retail divisions - so you have to find out if that's the case in your area and proceed accordingly.

At least then it will at least see another Forever Home in one capacity or the next vs the alternatives.

The other options I can think of is

1. the ``Online Marketplace Trading Assistants'' who are like the online version of a neighborhood consignment shop who do all the appraisals and eBay/Amazon work for you in return for a percentage of the sales along with the Maintenance Fee most of them also charge - especially for slow moving mdse)

2. Amazon/eBay Valet which does the same thing for a higher percentage and higher maintenance fee (nobody does relistings unti they sell for any kind of antiques)

3. your local pawn shop or actual real antique mall/consignment center.

However the antique mall operator may be an antiques collector or former appraiser himself and have all kinds of other connections to be able to reach the widest audience - but then again he may be the scarce one and the kids running the mall and managing the spaces might be nothing more than your generic ``sweep-and-beep'' crowd and be incapable of doing or saying anything else about anybody or anything.

The pawn shop too may have less of a clue about product information than you - and with the same staffing and time problems as everybody else - and glass showcase space at a premium - that may or may not be an option either.

In all cases - you have to do your own research and see what best fits your situation. If you need the money from the sales - you have to either spend the time doing the research or the money getting them ready for sale or both.

If you don't and/or all of the normal ordinary venues for disposal of this kind of thing are too much for you and your family to handle - then the only thing that's left is to ferry them to a local antiques center or consignment mall or some such.

Arrange to speak with the OWNER vs the kids manning the house - and simply donate them for somebody else to spend the time energy and money prepping them and realizing the profits.

IMHO if you need both the money from the sales and the space they are taking up - AND you care what happens to them - that pretty much leaves the professional auction houses and the OMTAs both of which swoop into town on a wind, have you sign their contracts and swoop back out on the next.

Make sure you put a contract rider on to the effect that the leftovers must not be repurposed (steampunked) or thrown in the dumpster or recycled for the aluminum copper etc etc etc to protect them from all manner of less-than-savory fates.

Hopefully between these suggestions and the ones on the other thread - both you and the radios will be able to do considerably better than that.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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No one has suggested finding someone who will just buy it all.

The amount the buyer would offer would probably be more than the net from an auction.

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 Post subject: Re: Best way to sell a collection of Radio's
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Here's my suggestions.

1. You could have the Michigan Antique Radio Club auction off Stan's collection. I'm sure they could arrange for a large truck to to stop at your home and MARC members could load up the truck and take the contents to one of their meets to be auctioned off. The club would take a 10 to 20 percent commission on the sales but at least all of Stans buddies and friends will have a chance to acquire part of Stan's collection.

http://michiganantiqueradio.org/

2. You could donate Stan's collection to the Michigan Antique Radio Club and use the assessed value of the collection as a tax write off. This way the club could auction off the collection and keep all of the proceeds in order to help pay for future radio swap meets, awards, the publication, and other expenses. Have members from the club asses the total value of the collection. They should know better then any one what Stan's collection is worth.

3. Go the Estes route. This is what the wives of deceased collectors have been doing for the past 20+ years now. The Estes team will come in a large truck, pick up everything, auction off the collection, and send you the final check minus their commission. It's probably the most hassle free option for a wife to dispose of her husbands collection.

Here's someone's collection that's just about to be auctioned off. http://www.auctionzip.com/OH-Auctioneers/340555.html

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