What is my stereo equipment worth?
A common question. Stereo resale value varies wildly. From vintage McIntosh tube amplifiers that might be worth thousands, to entry level A/V equipment that may have little or no value. It also depends whether you are selling to a reseller, or an individual.
if your goal is to get the most money, we suggest selling it directly to an individual.
If you do decide to sell directly, sold listings on eBay are probably the easiest guideline for pricing your gear. Do not confuse this with asking prices, which usually are all over the map. In fact, if you are seeing numerous unsold examples of the equipment you are trying to sell, this tells you those prices are probably too high. You can also lookup up to five items for free in the Audio Bluebook. Once you have a price, the options are many. Craigslist and eBay of course, but there are other options like Audiogon, and US Audio Mart.
Selling To Us
The good news is that we don't even expect the equipment to work. We're going to restore it anyway. It just needs to be in reasonably good physical shape. Missing knobs, bent faceplate corners, engraved identification, hazy dust covers, will all reduce what we can offer. In some cases, when cosmetic shape is below a certain point, we may not offer anything. In these cases, we are always happy to accept a donation, and route it to the appropriate recycler.
Each vintage piece that we sell must be put through the same restoration process as we do with our customer owned equipment. The typical receiver restoration takes at least half a day, involves the removal and replacement of an average of fifty parts. The average retail cost for this work is $300 to $400 for a small amp or receiver, to as must as $1000 or more for a large amplifier or receiver. Most turntables are in the $150 to $300 range for restoration service. As you would imagine, this factors in to what we pay when purchasing equipment.
If you are willing to accept a modest offering, and the knowledge that your equipment will be renewed and will find a a happy new home is meaningful to you, please contact us.