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    Default Fair price?

    I hope this is OK. I am thinking about selling a few J's. But I don't see any in the marketplace and want to put a fair price on them for both the buyer and myself...

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    It's kinda tricky, because the market ebbs and flows, but never by much. It *seems* that the going rate is good between $20-30 range; with some kind of fancy nib, you could ask more. The people who ask for the moon on eBay for a basic J setup don't sell that many.

    I've got a bunch I've been meaning to sell, and I won't do it until you are done, but those are the ranges I'll shoot for - $20 for a very standard issue pen and nib, up to $30 for something a little more desireable. Any of the items that would go for more I'll be keeping at the moment. HTH
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    Thank you John. I am posting five and appreciate you consideration. Now...know anything about Vacumatics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevekolt View Post
    Thank you John. I am posting five and appreciate you consideration. Now...know anything about Vacumatics?
    Not on your life!
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    I would guess the buyers would want them all restored freshly, etc., etc., etc. Too much work so I haven't gotten rid of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    I would guess the buyers would want them all restored freshly, etc., etc., etc. Too much work so I haven't gotten rid of mine.
    I prefer pens in an unrestored as found state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    I would guess the buyers would want them all restored freshly, etc., etc., etc. Too much work so I haven't gotten rid of mine.
    I prefer pens in an unrestored as found state.
    As far as general public pen sales go, you are an outlier. That's not a bad thing.
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    Except for the Safari Touchdown-type fillers, I have already restored all mine. The last potential buyer wanted me to restore the pen he wanted again. These aren't worth enough to be bothered with restoring them again, there goes some more cost into a pen they will give you a hard time getting $25 for anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    Except for the Safari Touchdown-type fillers, I have already restored all mine. The last potential buyer wanted me to restore the pen he wanted again. These aren't worth enough to be bothered with restoring them again, there goes some more cost into a pen they will give you a hard time getting $25 for anyway.
    Try and keep in mind that not everyone views it as a "bother". I don't do a lot of pens, and I certainly don't do it to make any kind of money, but I find the task of restoring pens - even simple sac replacements - to be enjoyable and relaxing. If I pick up a pile of Esties for next to nothing, get them sacced and cleaned up and sell them for a reasonable price, I'm happy. It isn't always a burden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    Except for the Safari Touchdown-type fillers, I have already restored all mine. The last potential buyer wanted me to restore the pen he wanted again. These aren't worth enough to be bothered with restoring them again, there goes some more cost into a pen they will give you a hard time getting $25 for anyway.
    Try and keep in mind that not everyone views it as a "bother". I don't do a lot of pens, and I certainly don't do it to make any kind of money, but I find the task of restoring pens - even simple sac replacements - to be enjoyable and relaxing. If I pick up a pile of Esties for next to nothing, get them sacced and cleaned up and sell them for a reasonable price, I'm happy. It isn't always a burden.
    I find an individual restoration enjoyable, but forty-odd restorations are an expense and a goodly amount of work. Especially for pens never used since the last restoration.

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    I find that I enjoy the work of restoring pens over the actual having them. The majority of what I get, I restore as best I can (and I'm always learning and expanding my skills), and then sell them. Repeat. Often. It's a fun little business I've gotten started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gweimer1 View Post
    I find that I enjoy the work of restoring pens over the actual having them. The majority of what I get, I restore as best I can (and I'm always learning and expanding my skills), and then sell them. Repeat. Often. It's a fun little business I've gotten started.
    I agree. I've always found restoration a pleasure rather than a bother.
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    Feel free to contact me if anyone is getting rid of their Esterbrooks.. I think they are beautiful.

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    About $40 (restored/new ink sac) at the Pen Show.
    San Francisco Pen Show 2017, August 25-27, 2017, Redwood City, California
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    What is the best way to sell 300 Restored Esterbrooks
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    Quote Originally Posted by penfancier View Post
    What is the best way to sell 300 Restored Esterbrooks
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    As a group to make it as easy as possible. If you have a list I might be interested at wholesale pricing.

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    Tom- I'd be interested in buying the Esterbrooks as a group. Feel free to send me a message or an email at JDWeiss427@gmail.com. Thanks, Jordan

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