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Old 07-13-2009, 06:35 PM   #1
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Any idea the value of this prop. In average condition. Wood coming apart in one section and it has been varnished in a feeble attempt to "beautify" but other than that in good shape.




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Old 07-16-2009, 03:12 PM   #3
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Why won't anyone respond to this?
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:33 PM   #4
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Not many people come here, and no one really knows what they're worth anyway. The wooden propeller market is very small, and it doesn't help much if I tell you that I think it would sell for something between $200 and $900. Would it?
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:12 AM   #5
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Not many people come here, and no one really knows what they're worth anyway. The wooden propeller market is very small, and it doesn't help much if I tell you that I think it would sell for something between $200 and $900. Would it?
Sure. At least I have an idea what to ask for it. But I'm curious. Is it the condition that makes the value so small? I see quite a few on this site selling for thousands. Seems to me since the aircraft was so rare the prop would be worth a bit more. Thanks.
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Old 07-17-2009, 04:49 AM   #6
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One of the reasons it's so hard to predict value is because the pool of buyers is limited, so there's not enough activity to establish narrow ranges of expected prices. I saw a Jacuzzi propeller sell on eBay a few years ago for $12,000. I would not have paid $1000 for it, but I suspect each of the bidders thought the other must have known it was worth that much so they just kept going.

In favor of getting a good price - it's attractive, with multicolored laminations and I presume intact fabric tips. It's not actually that rare, as propellers go, but it is identifiable with an aircraft type.

Against top dollar - it's been refinished, probably losing manufacturers decals in the process. The market for collectibles, including propellers, is way down right now with the economic crisis.

You see a lot of high prices, but those are typically asking prices. Watch them closely on eBay. You'll see that they don't actually sell at those prices then often return at a much lower one, and still don't sell sometime.

I always just suggest to people that they put them on eBay, set a reserve for the absolute lowest you would accept for it, then hope that there is some spirited bidding in the end, which does happen sometime.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:50 AM   #7
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That's what I'm trying. I really appreciate it Dave.
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One of the reasons it's so hard to predict value is because the pool of buyers is limited, so there's not enough activity to establish narrow ranges of expected prices. I saw a Jacuzzi propeller sell on eBay a few years ago for $12,000. I would not have paid $1000 for it, but I suspect each of the bidders thought the other must have known it was worth that much so they just kept going.

In favor of getting a good price - it's attractive, with multicolored laminations and I presume intact fabric tips. It's not actually that rare, as propellers go, but it is identifiable with an aircraft type.

Against top dollar - it's been refinished, probably losing manufacturers decals in the process. The market for collectibles, including propellers, is way down right now with the economic crisis.

You see a lot of high prices, but those are typically asking prices. Watch them closely on eBay. You'll see that they don't actually sell at those prices then often return at a much lower one, and still don't sell sometime.

I always just suggest to people that they put them on eBay, set a reserve for the absolute lowest you would accept for it, then hope that there is some spirited bidding in the end, which does happen sometime.
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