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🧐😫😙 Have you ever wondered how much your antique artwork is worth, or what the value of your baseball card collection is? Whether you plan to sell an item, have it insured, or you’re simply curious, there are many ways to find out how much your items are worth.
Method 1Method 1 of 3:Searching Online
- 1Use eBay to price your item. The website eBay has a feature that allows users to research the price of items based on the typical selling price of the item, or items that are similar.XResearch source Go to the seller center, log into your user account, use the text field to search for your item, and click "look up".
- For instance, if you were to enter a search for "Spiderman suit," the results would show an average price of $20.61, with Spiderman suits ranging in price from $0.01 to $199.
- If you want to look at the different asking prices (and not what the item sells for), you can do a general search for the item and sort it by price. For example, if you type in "New iPhone 6," the lowest asking price is $380 while the highest asking price is $699.
- 2Use a search engine. If your item is a more general item and not a rare collectible or antique, try using a search engine like Google. When you type in the item, it will often list similar items for sale, including new and used options. You can also use the "shopping" function to quickly compare items and prices.
- For example, if you search "Men’s Nike Shox" the results page shows both pictures and prices, with costs ranging from $80 to $125.
- 3Visit an online database. Look for online databases that offer pricing information for your item. Use your preferred search engine, type in your item, and then include the word database.XTrustworthy SourceConsumer ReportsNonprofit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy and product testingGo to source
- For instance, if you search "antiques database" there are many results that list prices of collectibles. Kovels is an online database that offers a free subscription to its pricing guide.
- 4Search an online valuation site. There are many sites online where professional appraisers or subject matter experts offer estimates on your items. Simply upload a photo and add descriptions. The site will typically respond within a week with a valuation of the item.XTrustworthy SourceConsumer ReportsNonprofit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy and product testingGo to source
- Charges for this service vary, but price starts at a minimum of $10 to $30. Some sites have monthly memberships which give the user access to a database of sales records, and instant price searches.
- Try sites such as What’s It Worth to You, Value My Stuff, and Worth Point.
- If you’re searching for the tax-deductible value of items that have been donated, you can use valuation sites, tax preparation companies (such as Turbo Tax) or the Salvation Army.
Method 2Method 2 of 3:Getting a Professional Opinion
- 1Visit a certified appraiser. There are professional appraisers for almost every item. When seeking an appraiser, choose a professional who is certified by the American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America, or the International Society of Appraisers. Once the appraisal is complete, you will receive a written report discussing the item, the procedure used to value it, and the current value of the item.XTrustworthy SourceConsumer ReportsNonprofit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy and product testingGo to source
- Costs vary greatly depending on the appraiser and the item. Some appraisers charge by the hour (anywhere from $200 to $400 based on their expertise), while some charge a flat rate.
- Avoid working with an appraiser who charges a percentage of the item’s value.
- In order to ensure a fair valuation, take the item to an appraiser before taking it to a local antique store or dealer. Unlike individual dealers, the appraiser will have no conflict of interest, since they are ethically bound from making an offer for purchase after appraising an item.
- Bank managers or estate attorneys are often good sources to help find reputable appraisers.XResearch source
- 2Take the item to an antique store. Many antique stores also employ professional appraisers. Contact your local antique store to discuss appraisal options. Appraisers should still be certified by a national appraisal board. They often offer insurance replacement valuations or fair-market valuations, but they also offer less-expensive services such as verbal-approximations.XTrustworthy SourceConsumer ReportsNonprofit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy and product testingGo to source
- Prices for services vary based on location.
- 3Contact a collectibles dealer. If your item is a collectible which has well-established price guidelines (such as baseball cards), search online for a collectible dealer to assist in pricing your item. Search for someone who is certified by a national appraisal board for the fairest valuation judgments.XTrustworthy SourceConsumer ReportsNonprofit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy and product testingGo to source
- Make sure that the collectibles dealer is reputable. Read reviews about them online, if possible.
- 4Visit auction houses. Auction houses offer private valuation services for various fees (based on location).XResearch source Occasionally, auction houses will offer a "valuation day" or "appraisal day" where they will offer free valuations for the general public. Contact your local auction house such as Sotheby’s or Christie’s for information on scheduled dates and procedures.XTrustworthy SourceConsumer ReportsNonprofit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy and product testingGo to source
- PBS’s The Antique Roadshow is one such auction house which tours the USA and offers tickets and applications to have items appraised. Their website also offers online appraisals.XResearch source
Method 3Method 3 of 3:Using Library Resources
- 1Utilize a price guide. There are many well-established guide books for various collectible items. Search your local library for price guides to determine the value of your item. For example, Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide is a collection of recent prices paid for items in at least 700 categories at auctions, shops, shows, flea markets, and online.XTrustworthy SourceConsumer ReportsNonprofit organization dedicated to consumer advocacy and product testingGo to source Other titles include:
- A Guide Book of United States Coins
- Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue
- The Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards
- Beckett Almanac of Baseball Cards & Collectibles
- 2Search collector’s books. Collector’s books can provide detailed information on items such as size, condition, manufacturer’s marks, etc. These reference books may also contain pricing information based on similar items.
- Check your local library or book store for collector’s books specific to your needs.
- Used bookstores are another great resource. You may also find digital books online.
- 3Ask your librarian for help. A librarian is often a good source of general information, and can also be very helpful in leading you to the right books or reference materials online.
- QuestionI have an old fashioned typewriter. What is it worth?Community AnswerFind out how much others of a similar brand and style have gone for and compare their condition to yours, then use your own judgement. Check eBay. Or if you want a professional opinion, you could get it appraised.
- QuestionHow much is a set of Nortaki Buckingham china worth?Community AnswerIt depends on where it is. At Macy's, it's $139. Replacements are $699.99.
- QuestionI have 12 Spider-Man postcards from 2002 in frames. How much are these worth?Community AnswerIn mint condition, about $35. If the edges are worn and the condition is just okay, then it's worth about $15.
- QuestionWhat is the worth of a silk tie made in Italy by Giorgio (Beverly Hills), with signature yellow and white striped lining and Giorgio chain/signature logo plate on the back?Community AnswerIf brand new, the tie is worth about $50; if it is used but in great condition, it is worth about $25 dollars.
- QuestionHow do I find the worth of used sports equipment?Community AnswerCheck the brand of the equipment. Test the quality of the equipment. For example, if you're buying a basketball, bounce it and see. If you are buying a badminton racket, see how light it is and also how strong the wiring is. For actual cost values, do searches on sites that sell used sports gear, like eBay.
- QuestionHow much is a 19th century cast iron pig bank worth?Community AnswerIf it's in good condition (no major/deep scratches) It could be worth around $1550.
- QuestionI have an antique lamp and I have to sell it. And it is about approximately 100 years old with excellent condition. How can I sell it?Community AnswerSell it on eBay. Most people sell old collectables and other antiques on there. You could also try Craigslist. It's local and you can sell almost anything you want there. If you don't want to handle it yourself, sell it through an antiques dealer.
- QuestionI have a 45 dinnerware set/Christmas plaid made by Stokes. I can't find anything on it. I don’t think it’s ever even been used. What should I do?Community AnswerHave you tried Replacements.com? They have info on a wide variety of china, etc. They sell replacements or additions to sets. But they also buy if you want to sell, and help find info on items if they don't have it. There's a place on their site where you can send them pictures of items you want to know about or sell.
- You should always complete your own valuation before taking your item to a professional. This could be done by using a search engine or looking at reference books in the library. This way, you know if you are getting a fair deal.
- Always read the resume of your appraiser so that you know their areas of specialty, how many years they’ve been practicing, and their accreditations.
- It’s fine to interview several candidates if you are having your item professionally appraised.
About This Article
If you're wondering how much something is worth, like an antique or collectible, start by looking it up online. Search for your item on eBay or Google to find the price of similar things, or upload a picture of it to a valuation website, where experts will estimate your item's worth. Then, if you want a professional opinion, talk to a certified appraiser or take your piece to a local antiques store. For more advice on figuring out how much something is worth, like what to expect when you meet with an appraiser, read on!