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Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by DanR217, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. DanR217

    DanR217 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 6, 2010
    I want to sell some knives to go towards the purchase of a car. How's the market right now? Is it a good time to sell knives?
  2. AR-Trvlr

    AR-Trvlr Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Seems fairly soft right now. The economy is uncertain and lots of people are unemployed.
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  3. ArchVV

    ArchVV Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2015
    I would hold off. I have a few listed that would ordinarily be gone within days and they have lingered with little to no offers.
  4. madcap_magician

    madcap_magician Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    It's a terrible time to sell.
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  5. The Aflac Duck

    The Aflac Duck

    Feb 27, 2014
    You have nothing to lose by posting it here. If it takes a week to sell, oh well. But yes, probably not the greatest time right now.
  6. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    Those stimulus checks are hitting. Post away! You never know.
  7. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    You never have to take less than you want for an item. Throw your lure in the water and see what bites.


  8. midnight flyer

    midnight flyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    It is a terrible time to sell... just about anything. Love my knives, but no safe queens or collectors. If I sold my knives, I wouldn't get much for them even though some are antiques and some are great knives (in my opinion).

    But it is this way for all collectors of anything when the economy crashes. I have a good friend that has long collected rare and hard to find watches. Can't guess how little his 1950 vintage model Breitling pilot's chronograph watch is worth now. Who has the disposable income? Even is someone does, buying a rare watch in perfect condition probably won't be a priority.

    I got rid of my excess guns and my coin collections after going through hard times earlier in my life. Needing the money, I sold parts and pieces of both collections during down time (why would I be smart enough to sell when things were great?) and realized that 1) my collections didn't keep up with inflation, and 2) I didn't make a cent since I sold out of need making the price advantage to the buyer not to me. No more collecting as I don't have the income to lock up, or worse lose in the end if what I am collecting if the market whims or desire changed.

    I have had to sell valued possessions in order to pay bills or keep my business afloat before. It hurts. But if you need the car for transportation more than the knife, close your eyes and sell. If you can hang on without the car, wait for the market to return.

    Although this is a board of primarily collectors, there are quite a few users as well. I would be that in the case of the $500 - $1000 knives, that there will be a resurgence of folks that go back to hard working users and the big ticket knives will suffer for some time.

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  9. ScottsBad

    ScottsBad Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2015
    Its not the best time, but you can set a price and if they don't sell you haven't lost anything.
  10. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    If it is a bad time to sell knives then it is a good time to purchase a car. Toss your hooks out and see what happens. It will all balance out in the end and whether you win or lose, will be up to your skills, and will likely represent a small amount of the total value.

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  11. braillediver

    braillediver Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    The market is soft since the future is uncertain. But I've seen some surprising knife sales- More likely I don't know the specific maker and desire for their work.

    Priced right for the right maker and they'll sell. Or things get worse and they won't sell.

    I'm curious about when the recovery hits if people will be more frugal and save money for the future? Or will they live with abandon and buy everything the were denied during the crisis?
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  12. Crossdraw

    Crossdraw ~ Rob ~ USAF Retired ~ Platinum Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    Go ahead and try. I've bought three knives this past week. There may be a buyer out there for your knives. Good luck.
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  13. DanR217

    DanR217 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 6, 2010
    That's true.
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  14. Triton

    Triton Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    If people go all frugal and save money for the future it will be the first time since the great depression. From the baby boomers on people don't seem to learn those sorts of lessons. I have my own theories as to why that is but that would delve into politics.
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  15. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Inflation will devalue our currency, while the markets are tanking as well, so you may as well park the deposable income in goods and services. Anything beats stuffing the old mattress full of currency.

  16. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    It is more of a buyers than a sellers market right now, and unless things get opened up in the country it may get worse. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go ahead and list them now. You don't have to take any price you don't want. If you don't list you certainly won't sell. Some things will sell well in any market. While many are short on money, there still is money out there.
    Good luck on you sale
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2020
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  17. Vaporstang

    Vaporstang Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2014
    From watching the Exchange, it seems like things (traditionals) are moving quickly. However, it seems the posted prices are a little lower than usual. Maybe the volume is too. Like others have said, post it and if you can't get the price you want, hang onto it.
  18. Triton

    Triton Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    Agree with this. It's a good time to be a buyer. I'm hoping to pick up a few deals myself as this year wears on, we shall see.
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  19. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    I'd say if you are in it for profit, it is a bad time to sell, it's a buyers market so to speak. If you are looking to unload stuff in order to recoup some funds to buy more knives, it is a great time to sell. Buyers that know what they are doing are buying right now. People are getting checks in the mail. So, the answer to the question will depend on the reason and goal for selling.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2020
  20. stonesell

    stonesell Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    There are always buyers with disposable cash, but the price needs to be attractive, and also posting an interesting knife with good photos.
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