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Are classic telescope prices appreciating?
      #5411070 - 09/09/12 01:38 AM

As a hopeless buyer of telescopes I hope not, but as an owner of too much glass I would like to think so. I know I'm conflicted here but...

I haven't been too surprised by anything that has actually sold on eBay. That is SOLD, not just the listed or minimum bid. What has caught my attention is the reserves or starting bids seem to be a bit ahead of the market. And Craigslist, at least my "local" region which has classics few and far between but with the asking prices of

some recent offerings...

Towa #339 80 X 1200 = $475

Tasco 11te-5 reflector= $150

Jason 313 60 X 910= $400

ShrineManon 60 X 700 = $150

Monolux 4380 60 X 910 $1450

To my knowledge none of these telescopes have sold but is the asking price moving up a sign of the times or just wishful thinking on the part of the sellers? i know there are still a few OMG! deals that happen but is the day of the good condition classic scope for $75 a thing of the past? Is $125 the new $75? Is $1450?


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #5411278 - 09/09/12 08:09 AM

I blame Al Gore for inventing the internet. Neophytes see a Unitron sell for $1k, and they automatically think whatever one they have is worth the same. One of my biggest issues with buying/selling classic scopes is not so much the purchase/sell price, but the shipping costs if not local!

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #5411294 - 09/09/12 08:20 AM

The more we talk about these old telescopes here on CN the more hits Google gets when someone searches for information on that old scope they have in their basement before they put it up for sale. Seller discovers its collectibility and lists the item at a high price. WE are responsible!

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Grava T]
      #5411700 - 09/09/12 01:57 PM

I agree, Michael... the database that the Classic Telescope forum has amassed over the past decade or so (archives included) has made us a sort of "one-stop shop" for anyone who has an old 'scope and wants to get an approximation of the going price.

That said, I think that at least some of the higher starting prices one sees for older instruments is due to folks being hard up for funds... real unemployment, when those who've fallen off the unemployment rolls are taken into account, is up around 20% or more; that's a lot of folks out of work. Same goes for real inflation; it's more like 14%, since the official figure fails to take energy and food price increases into account. Everyone's getting pinched, unless they're very well off... it's not surprising, then, that people are trying to get top dollar for wahtever they're selling... trouble is, of course, that due to these same economic conditions, the market for these instruments is quite a bit smaller than, say, 5 or 6 years ago.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: amicus sidera]
      #5411921 - 09/09/12 04:38 PM

I've advertised an excellent Towa 339 for a very reasonable price:$180. Not a single inquirey in 2 weeks or so. Not sure there are that many buyers out there right now interested in small classic refractors. Bill

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Grava T]
      #5412093 - 09/09/12 06:52 PM

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The more we talk about these old telescopes here on CN the more hits Google gets when someone searches for information on that old scope they have in their basement before they put it up for sale. Seller discovers its collectibility and lists the item at a high price. WE are responsible!




I'm an example of that - found CN from googling my Cave while fixing it up. Not that I want to sell it, but I had a good idea of relative condition and value with an hour or so of reading. Some people will wind up using the scopes, so there's an upside!


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: JohnRW]
      #5412118 - 09/09/12 07:10 PM

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The more we talk about these old telescopes here on CN the more hits Google gets when someone searches for information on that old scope they have in their basement before they put it up for sale. Seller discovers its collectibility and lists the item at a high price. WE are responsible!




I'm an example of that - found CN from googling my Cave while fixing it up. Not that I want to sell it, but I had a good idea of relative condition and value with an hour or so of reading. Some people will wind up using the scopes, so there's an upside!




There definitely is an upside and congratulations on starting this wonderful hobby with such a great classic telescope. If reading these classic forums gets people using their old scopes then all the better.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Grava T]
      #5412206 - 09/09/12 07:55 PM

To tell the truth, when I first started reading the classics forum, I got the bug to buy a Unitron scope... A few inquires later and the sticker shock was a real eye opener.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: neotesla]
      #5412349 - 09/09/12 09:17 PM

Like so many other astronomers needing to stretch a nickel into a dollar, I appreciate that sales are slow. Still, finding more and better peace in astronomy than anything else, I've had to buy glass, because it's cheaper than psychiatry, and more effective. I haven't forgotten your Towa 339, Bonco. Best thing about it is --such faith in this forum!-- I truly believe it would be in exactly the condition stated, priced fairly, and shipped properly (no loosely packed counterweight destroying the prize en route!). Current budget-filler is the commitment to the equally well-priced repair of a particular salt-encrusted C8. Watch for a renewed thread!

Among my obsessive pleasures, I have been tracking prices on eBay for a year and a half. It turns out that anyone with the nerve to sell a scope with a $1 opening price and no reserve can still get a good price, about the same as a year or two ago. It's not without risk; I saw a wedge for a C8 that ought go have brought the better part of $100 sell for about a third of that. But, chicken-hearts who resolve their fears about losing their items to low prices, and who respond by setting high opening bids, reserves of any size, or high prices with "Make Offers?" Hah! The market punishes them big-time. Their items often do not sell, even if the "Buy It Now" price were perfectly fair. Such is the psychology of auctions. Asking and getting prices are two different things.

EBay makes super-cheap deals rarer. In a perfect world-wide market, prices stabilize. Still, if one loves old scopes for visual use, it's not the most costly affliction. Cruise over to the astrophotography forum for that!


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Grava T]
      #5412700 - 09/10/12 02:00 AM

I don't know much about other collectables and how they are priced. I think items like vintage coins, depression glassware, books, cookie jars, guns, cars, bikes, etc. have a bluebook where prices are established, (by whom and how I don't know), and referenced by collectors. Are we serving as a bluebook for vintage telescopes by default? Is eBay?

I know there is a telescope bluebook online but the data base is quite limited and the entries are very dated. Are bluebooks good? Certainly it is much easier to judge the condition of a coin, piece of depression glass, or beany baby than it is a telescope, especially when stuff that has just been "won" at an estate auction and the seller really hasn't a clue what they have, whether it is complete, or even which end points up has it is listed on eBay the very next day with an expectation of price that comes from where? Here?

So far it sounds like sales are limited and just the (local to me) asking prices have escalated recently... except Bill's Towa 339 which is a steal @ $180, especially when compared to the asking price of $475 for "a bit beat up" 339 on the Seattle CL!


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5412704 - 09/10/12 02:07 AM

Joe,

I'm totally with you on the value of telescopes for mental health. If only I could convince my employer's health care provider to cover 80% of purchases...but I'd pay a deductible of course!


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #5412830 - 09/10/12 07:15 AM

I think part of the challenge is someone lists one for a crazy high price, and then marks "sold" and we don't know what it really sold for, or even if it sold at all. But, that price becomes the new market price. Look at the 32mm Meade RG that just "sold" on Astromart for $650. I was going to add a link, but I see the "seller" has taken the ad down.

Edited by sgorton99 (09/10/12 07:18 AM)


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5414015 - 09/10/12 08:01 PM

Overall scope, mount and eyepiece prices are at there lowest levels --adjusted for inflation - in many years. That said, the quality high end -TAK, AP, TV. Brandon, etc..- and well cared for collectable classics --Nextstar 11 GPS - are appreciating faster then inflation.

IF you have the disposable income and the desire, NOW is a great time to fill in your collections and start new ones.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #5416526 - 09/12/12 01:13 AM

I just posted about a Jason 313 on ebay for a scope that I was able to go look at in person yesterday. First thing the guy says to me is that it has the circle T on the name tag...so it's one of the good ones....worth $200 or more.

Did not think to ask how he knew that...well actually he was selling for his boss who must have found our site and or other adds on the bay. All looked really nice, not mint but not too shabby for being in a storage unit. Dew shield was mint so I did not take off the dust cover at first. But when I did the objective was full of large clamshells. The glass was really clean. It never occured to him to take a look at the front lens before he posted the ad .

I made a low offer and see it is now listed again. At least now after I gave the guy *BLEEP* about not mentioning the clamshells, I see they added pictures and verbage, but right back at the original price.

There now is another 313 with the reflex finder with a BIN price of $320. Must have been Curt Gowdy's personal scope, or at least autographed by him. But I'm not seeing the tag with his picture on it .

Stephen


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Stargoat]
      #5540676 - 11/26/12 05:12 PM

I have seen a couple ads around for Sears 6344 blue tube for $450, don't know if it's the same seller over and over.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Grava T]
      #5540769 - 11/26/12 06:23 PM

I would agree with that Michael.I have also run into situations were the seller is advised by someone that what they have is as good as gold and they relist the item higher in price.It seems the good samaritan that advised the seller has no intention of buying the equipment but wants to make sure the seller gets maximum money from potential buyers.Anyone else seen this? Im all for paying a fair price but I have seen many posts here of people picking up classic scopes "at a steal". I cant imagine anyone walking onto a car lot and saying hey this is a really nice car,your underpriced so let me give you $1000 more.I must be morally corrupt.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: chuck52]
      #5541218 - 11/26/12 10:43 PM

You guys make me feel good. I just bought a Tasco 10TE at a Tag Sale, and I thought I had paid too much when I first got it home. It was wrapped in some soft rags and nothing was in it's place in the wooden crate. I had to ask help in getting it put together but tonight I looked at the Moon with the weakest lens it had, and I about passed out with the view. I have never seen the Moon look that detailed (and big). According to several people, it was manufactured in the late 1950's. I had the idea that if it wasn't computer run, it wasn't very good but I have to change my mind on that one. I need to figure out a way to get some decent photos as the couple of methods I tried didn't work to well but I figure there was no way I could go wrong for $25.00.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: wdretired]
      #5541377 - 11/27/12 12:13 AM

You had better feel good, $25... sheesh!

My first 10te CL Scramento, Ca, $225+$75 pac&ship. The kid selling it told me his father fished it out of the school bus barn before it was disposed of as obsolete school science equipment.

Second ... Mayflower equivalent of a Tasco 10te... $200 + $75 pack and ship. As the seller turned the case over to the packing store employees (on the phone to me for shipment) she burst into tears saying some guy came into the store to send something, asked to see what was in the case and upon seeing this 3" refractor said he would pay $1000 for such a nice piece. I offered that if so sell it to the guy NOW, but apparently he had already left the store. I felt pretty bad after that drama. I feel obligated to never, ever sell this one.

Next 10te lanquished on Cl OC Ca. I didn't want to do it but it hit $150 and, really what could I do? Belonged to a girl's ex. A really dumped, really P.O.ed girl. After being assured he couldn't come back on her I bought it. I hope everyone was happy. For a few weeks however I expected a knock on the door and HELLO BOYFRIEND! never happened thank goodness.

Anyway just sharing the stories that come along with some of these sweet scopes.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: chuck52]
      #5541399 - 11/27/12 12:28 AM

I have also seen scopes that do not sell on eBay or Craig's List immedately relisted at a higher price. Baffles me.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5541459 - 11/27/12 02:23 AM

A neighbor had 15 acres adjacent to me for sale for months at 90K. he relisted the land at $120K and ka-ching it was sold. Some people truly believe that you get what you pay for, and if it costs more it just must be better.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5541562 - 11/27/12 06:30 AM

I agree with the comment about shipping costs raising the price. I was going to have my restored Unitron and accessories (including three original wooden cases) packed and shipped professionally. The shipping costs, however, were very high. Now I will be meeting a buyer locally this weekend who is buying the scope. I also sold many of the accessories earlier. I also think that the struggling economy is making it harder to sell scopes for the most part. I hated to "part out" the Unitron but it ended up being the only way to finally sell it.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #5541579 - 11/27/12 07:10 AM

Quote:

A neighbor had 15 acres adjacent to me for sale for months at 90K. he relisted the land at $120K and ka-ching it was sold. Some people truly believe that you get what you pay for, and if it costs more it just must be better.




My family had a wonderful business that ultimately failed for larger reasons, but had struggled all along over price. The view that paying customers want low prices is not necessarily true. Sometimes, they want the best, which they presume to be the most costly. When I joined and raised prices, we fared better, yet were still value-priced, so customers went elsewhere. As business dwindled, we could no longer afford to be the best. Sometimes, the customers are right.

With telescopes, sellers want to get rich quick by dumping Grandpa's gold mine, or so they think. In a marketplace as large as eBay, there is often some fool who will pay the price. Over time, this will raise the high end of the market, but it may be a distortion. Many more scopes (we can hope!) may still sell at reasonable prices. Not every alt/az yoke-mounted 60mm is truly worth the big bucks that naive sellers and silly buyers think.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5541807 - 11/27/12 10:27 AM

You're right, Joe! Sometimes when people sell classics, some put them at what they believe is a fair price that may or may not be so in the eyes of a potential buyer and that's ok , then they are others who want to move them just to get them to a good home, or just to make some room. I was very fortunate to add a TASCO 11TE-5 as well as a nice Meade 4500 both for less than $100 and complete with tripods and EQ mounts that way.The seller said that she just wanted them out of her way. On the other hand,I have seen an 11TE-5 on ebay that the owner has been listing at least $250 to $300 including shipping and there have been no takers. I beieve that some sellers may easily price their instruments out of the market,especially during these rough economic times. Knowledgable buyers will only pay what they think is a fair price for such an item. Are their prices appreciating? I think it depends on the instrument and its condition .
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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: BarabinoSr]
      #5542204 - 11/27/12 02:03 PM

Complicating the marketplace, eBay now allows "Buy It Now" pricing as well as auctions, where people list scopes for beyond top dollar. Auctions create a truer marketplace. With fixed pricing, arrogance, cowardice, and foolishness distort the market. The good news is, most overpriced scopes appear not to sell, so auctions effectively yield higher prices.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5542331 - 11/27/12 03:23 PM

Bottom line is it is till caveat emptor. Sadly, there are some out there who will put something up for sale and have their buddies bid up on it so that it sells at a very high price. When prospective buyers see the high price they assume that the market on that scope is going up. Then, about a week later the scope magically reappears on Ebay - and often sells for the higher amount.

The best thing to do is get as much education about the scopes on forums such as ours. Then YOU can make a wise decision on how much you want to shell out.

I buy a LOT of things on Ebay - not just telescopes. My advice is do not determine what the top price is you are willing to pay for the scope. Rather, determine what is the price you can walk away from the sale with no regrets. That gets rid of the "what ifs" and doubts...


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wdretired $25 Tasco 10 TE new [Re: wdretired]
      #5542344 - 11/27/12 03:33 PM

The Tasco 10TE is one of the coolest looking Classics!
I had two, gave the better one away but kept the older serial number scope. I love the looks, white tube with the Unitron look! Royal Astro Pedigree.

The 15TEA, is the same as the 10Te except for Pedistal, drive, 2nd finder scope. I bought it off the Amart auction for around a $1,000. It is on it's pedistal in my living room and I admire it every day.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Preston Smith]
      #5542357 - 11/27/12 03:41 PM

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Ebay... do not determine what the top price is you are willing to pay for the scope. Rather, determine what is the price you can walk away from the sale with no regrets. That gets rid of the "what ifs" and doubts...






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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Joe Cepleur]
      #5542694 - 11/27/12 07:37 PM

Out of curiosity, how or what do members of this great forum use to determine the price when selling one of their classics?

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Larrythebrewer]
      #5542700 - 11/27/12 07:40 PM

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Out of curiosity, how or what do members of this great forum use to determine the price when selling one of their classics?




I search Astromart and this site for examples of previous sales and asking prices.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: sgorton99]
      #5542804 - 11/27/12 08:58 PM

In the early part of the century, I got an email from a stranger asking, "Are you selling your Cave on eBay?", and included a link to a listing. I was shocked to discover that someone had lifted the description/photos of my 8" Cave off of a blog I had, verbatim, and created a fake listing on eBay (the fellow who emailed, obviously finding my blog by googling the description). What was even more shocking, there was only an hour left, and it was going for $1200!! The seller was purportedly from the UK. At the time, I couldn't even figure out how to contact eBay to tell them that the listing was fraudulent, and the auction ended. I have no idea whether the buyer lost $1200 or not. At any rate, given the price it had fetched, in the case of Cave telescopes, I can most definitely say, that these telescopes have appreciated in value (I spent $400 to buy it, second hand, in 1980).

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Larrythebrewer]
      #5542902 - 11/27/12 09:48 PM

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Out of curiosity, how or what do members of this great forum use to determine the price when selling one of their classics?




Hi Larry,

I haven't sold anything yet but when and if I do I have a simple formula for determining a selling price...

My cost (excluding my initial shipping and packing charges) X 0.60

Pride of ownership has had lots of value you know


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #5542922 - 11/27/12 09:56 PM

Gawd! I can't imagine a Monolux #4380 going for $1450!!! I got mine this past summer at A local Goodwill in Cincinnati for 75 bucks! It's a beautiful scope, great optics, completely complete down to the sun and moon filter. The scope was filthy and the box scuffed to hell on the outside, but after a day's work completely disassembling and cleaning everything including the objective, it looks great. Only a couple of very minor/tiny nicks on the tube that I touched up with white out I still need to refinish the wooden box. Gee, maybe I can get 1400 for it too, *BLEEP*! NOT! I did think the 75 bucks a very good deal however
Oh yeah, I did have to get a dust cap for it.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5542952 - 11/27/12 10:17 PM

See I knew it!... I overpaid again! My Monolux 4380 was $89 at ShopGoodwill! Sheesh... $75!

The Monolux mentioned at the start of this thread, I'm quite sure, never sold for $1450 or even $150. It is interesting though that some sellers are thinking any 1960's telescope is antique and therefore worth a bundle no matter the condition because the stuff is somewhat old, and they just bought it at an estate auction, and of course they ain't stupid, and they know there is some kinda profit to be had or they wouldn't have bought it

Sorry for the bad sentence structure, if there even is any, I was on a roll!

No slam to the Monolux 4380, HOC optics. Certainly one of, if not my favorite, telescope in the 60 X 910 catagory.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5542962 - 11/27/12 10:21 PM

Mine came with a dust cap

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
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Now you've gone and piqued my interest. No plans just curious that's all. Mike

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5543080 - 11/27/12 11:39 PM

I'd go $1450 and you can keep the dust cap!

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #5543347 - 11/28/12 07:26 AM

I wonder if price changes for scopes are like real estate values. Some areas move quickly whilst others stay stagnant. Looking at historical prices on Astromart the cost of just about any unitron scope has climbed a fair bit over the last five years whereas some of the other classics seem to be staying put.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Larrythebrewer]
      #5543360 - 11/28/12 07:40 AM

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Out of curiosity, how or what do members of this great forum use to determine the price when selling one of their classics?




I rarely sell anything.. I buy cheap and if and when I am finished, I pass it on to someone who can make better use of it than I.

As far as Ebay and CL prices, I don't bother with EBay so I can't comment but I do watch CL closely. Asking prices are not selling prices. I see people asking double new prices for scopes in current production.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5543733 - 11/28/12 12:03 PM

IMO, "classic" scope prices are limited by the cost of similar new scopes. OK, Unitrons are going up, but they'll never reach the cost of an equivalent AP or Televue. Classic scopes are a niche market, just like any antique. The fact that some people are now realizing that some of these are worth more than the $25 they bought them for at a flea market or garage sale doesn't exactly mean that their prices are skyrocketing...just that people are more aware of things.

What's depressing is to compare the new prices of these old scopes, especially the better ones like Caves, etc, with what their prices would be in today's dollars/currencies, and then compare what a new equivalent would cost.

For example, my Vega sold for about $3000 in early 1960s dollars...that was more than a Corvette! Now you can get an 8" MakNewt for less than 10K (but a Corvette is up to $60K), and it's probably a better instrument. Optics manufacturing techniques have greatly improved over the last half century, to the point that things are made not only better, but much more less expensively now.

PS, rereading my post, I intended to contrast what we're calling "classic" with those virtually unobtainable antiques like Brashears and Clarks.

Edited by bierbelly (11/28/12 12:07 PM)


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: bierbelly]
      #5543737 - 11/28/12 12:06 PM

Great Scope that VEGA.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Napersky]
      #5543742 - 11/28/12 12:13 PM

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Great Scope that VEGA.




Yeah, think I can get $60K for it?


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #5546159 - 11/29/12 08:04 PM

That dust cap was the extra 14 bucks. I bought mine for 5 at Agena Astro. Guess you overpaid again

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: terraclarke]
      #6172272 - 11/02/13 04:53 PM

I share the OP's conflict... I like to see Seller's get a decent return on their Classic. But... I also like to get bargains myself! I recommend vintage scopes to family and friends for their budding star-gazers, rather than new electrified craptaculars that make up today's market, and they usually don't want to spend $$$$ when the child may not be serious about the hobby. Not to pat ourselves on the back (too much!), but CN is better than free beer for a lot of astro-nuts out there, whether buying or selling.

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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: Bomber Bob]
      #6172327 - 11/02/13 05:36 PM

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but CN is better than free beer for a lot of astro-nuts out there, whether buying or selling.




Hmmm, better than free beer?...not for this astro-nut

Thanks for picking this thread up. i have recently been seeing some great vintage telescope kits going for surprisingly low prices... Recent= Tasco 10-TEA on a pier, Unitron 4" alt/az, SPI 60mm f/20. Are we in a sale-a-thon with classic collectors just pruning their landscape at their cost or folks taking a loss for buying into a bubble market.

My last beautiful Nippon Kogaku 6.5 was purchased for just 1/2 of what I paid for the second to last NK that I purchased two years earlier.. In fact this last NK 65 was less expensive than the first one that I bought in 2008. I still haven't figured out if this is a good thing or not Bubbles always burst somewhere down the road. I am far happier with telescope stock today than say stock in Cisco or Intel.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #6172353 - 11/02/13 05:55 PM

" I am far happier with telescope stock today than say stock in Cisco or Intel"


You must mean your stock of old telescopes. Have you checked the stock price of Meade or Celestron lately? Abysmal.


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: greju]
      #6172378 - 11/02/13 06:17 PM

Yes, telescope stock that I can use on a clear night!

I was watching MEADE stock many years ago (in the mid $30 range?) thinking that I had missed the boat. Thankfully I didn't buy in before the boat capsized! BUT if you or I had bought in (with 20, 30 or 40k shares) at the 52 week low of 1.42 and sold yesterday... Happy would we be!


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Re: Are classic telescope prices appreciating? new [Re: strdst]
      #6172480 - 11/02/13 07:37 PM

Unfortunately, I have never been able to buy low sell high whether it be stock or telescopes. Well, maybe somtimes.

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Re: wdretired $25 Tasco 10 TE new [Re: Napersky]
      #6172848 - 11/02/13 11:56 PM

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The 15TEA, is the same as the 10Te except for Pedistal, drive, 2nd finder scope. .....

Mark




Mark if possible can you post an image of the pedistal on your 15te so I can see the difference(s) with my 10te ?

thanks!!

Frank T


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