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that would be a loaded show, loaded with lawsuits, what if the expert said the item was worth $20. I came along and bought it and put it in my store and sold it for $100.
then sometimes yes it might be worth $25 or that is what the book said, and you can't get $5. for it
different places an item will bring different prices, yard sale, flea market, outside antique show, inside antique show, antqiue store, gallery, auction, each place down the list has more costs of doing buisness, so they need to sell for a larger price more or less,
also you would have to talk to auction wally on this ning site, Retail value, wholesale value, auctin value & quick cash value, all have different levels of return, and slower and faster selling time, and expenses,
a yard sale you might need a permit may be cost of $5
flea market, $10-$150 per space
outside antique show, $50- 150 per space
inside show, $75-500 per space,
antique store, ??
Auction%% and you get what is bid, to get bigger prices takes at least 2 people really wanting the item,
having an appraiser come and look at your stuff $50-150+ per hour, including research time and time on location
we still get stuff we have no real idea what it is really worth, just wing it is what we do, no our cost and put in some profit,
NO one knows everything!
When I get tired of looking at something, the price goes down, as simple as that :)