One of the most frequently asked questions I get in email is "How much are Krystonia Figurines Worth?"
Unfortunately - probably not 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. 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. See For Yourself What People Will Pay.
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 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.
- Broken/Chipped items do not sell at all. Nobody wants these.
- Oddly, the English items 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 never sell. Nobody wants to buy an entire collection - 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...