ANTIQUE FISHING LURES
If you want to price your lures
to sell, here are a few tips and recommendations. Let's assume you know
nothing about values and are trying to figure out what you have and what it's
Take the easy
way out...buy one book.
In general, serious
collectors, like me, will pay you more than dealers or people who
buy lures to re-sell.
In general, the prices in
most of the books are low if you have a lure in excellent
condition. I spend a lot of money attending lure shows and
researching prices, so I know the market and I pay a fair price.
My price test to avoid over-payment is to ask myself if I buy this lure
from you at such and such a price, could I sell it to another collector
for the same price today?
Collector to collector
prices are totally different, usually higher, than street or
anything you see in the books. One collector will give another
collector a higher price because of 'trade' values being involved.
Trade value is always higher to avoid the old 'your trash and my
treasure' problem when lures and cash are involved in a buy.
Prices vary based on
rarity, desirability (how many collectors want it?), and
condition. Only novices want chewed up lures, so if that is the
situation, then you are better off putting them in an auction.
I will usually pay top
dollar for things I want to put in my collection, but please understand
I can't spend hours doing research on something I don't collect or need
for my collection. If you have lures I want or need, I'm
going to be more motivated to help you and pay top dollar.
If you are comparison
shopping, please say so up front to avoid wasting time for either of us.
A good friend of mine has
a three point method for buying to avoid wasting each others time:
"You tell me what you want for your lure. I'll tell
you if I want to pay that much. We agree or disagree to do the
deal." End of discussion.
If you are looking for prices we pay, see
PRICES FOR ANTIQUE LURES & BOXES