One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked: "How much are is Krystonia collection worth?"
Answer: Probably not too much anymore. Pieces on Ebay generally sell for a fraction of their original retail price. The best way to get an idea of a pieces "true value" is to look at the completed auctions. These are actual sales, reflecting what someone will actually pay for a piece. Even though the pieces cost hundreds of dollars originally, they just do not command anywhere near that much anymore. It's common to see the same pieces listed over and over and over on Ebay for original retail prices, collections listed for thousands of dollars, etc. that just repeat for years.
See For Yourself What People Will Pay (recent completed auctions!).
Some trends I have found:
- Items with reasonable "buy it now" prices sell far more often than ones listed for auction, or with a high starting bid.
- Items frequently sell for minimum bid if listed for auction. It is common to see items sell for the minimum bid 99 cents plus shipping, including first year retired pieces.
- Items without their box and card sell for significantly less than if they are "complete with box and card". This seems to be a personal preference. Myself, I don't care about those ugly boxes, but I know collectors that do. And the boxes DO come in handy for storage!
- Broken/Chipped items generally will not sell, unless it is something very rare.
- Oddly, the English pieces generally sell for less than the 1998+ Chinese-made items. This may be due to the scarcity - not many were made/sold as the original pieces.
- Large collections almost never sell. Collectors are looking to complete their own collection, not inherit someone else's! The collections that do sell are smaller lots (2-6 pieces) tend to pull in about $5 per piece. If you are looking to sell, you will make more in sales if you split the items up. Of course, this makes shipping a hassle...and hey, you might get lucky and find an old collector feeling nostalgic that wants to start again!