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Started 1295820296.877 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1295973925.627 by Marsha2003

Trying to stay true to my New Year's resolution of down-sizing and getting rid of stuff I don't use. I have 8 place settings of the Noritake China I chose when we got married. I have extra serving pieces, too. Is ebay the best way to sell? What would you charge? ( I want it to sell) We've probably used it maybe 10 times in 30 years. The pieces are in excellent condition.

Also I have 8 settings of crystal stemware to sell. Again, where's the best place to sell it and what would you charge? I know there's no possible way to get back what I have invested (no where close to it) but it would be great to get some money and sell to someone who might use this stuff. And it would be nice to have the empty cupboard space!

Thanks!

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csv3201295820383.6476724 PostsRegistered 6/24/2007

Sell it to replacements.com

wagirl1295820547.3834419 PostsRegistered 10/20/2004

I have depression glass and crystal I would like to sell too. My friend sold her moms china on Ebay with the help of an ebay asistant that came to her house and told her about how much it was worth and then took it away, sold it for her, charged a certain percentage of the sale and gave her back over $200. That was several years ago and I don't know if Ebay is still doing that service or not. you might give it a try.

Suzanne131295820755.257315 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Southeast Texas

Hiya Kali. I suggest doing some research before you put these up to sell. There's a really good site that sells lots of china / glassware / silver / stainless patterns. It's called replacements.com and will probably have both your china and crystal patterns for sale. You can use that site to get an idea of what your items might be worth.

Also, do an ebay search on your patterns and check for any historical info you can get. Used to be that you could pull up a list of completed sales / auctions; don't know if that feature is still available on ebay or not...

Good luck!

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Linders Ba­ck12958211948464 PostsRegistered 9/4/2005Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

I currently selling a lot of stuff through a local consignment shop. No hassle with mailing (packing china and crystal is a lot of work) or dealing with disgruntled bidders. Have done the ebay thing, and would only use it again for quirky stuff that needs a wider audience.

Timing is important, too. Your items would do well before big family dinner holidays, so at this time of year I'd aim for Easter.

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Linders Ba­ck1295821259.5838464 PostsRegistered 9/4/2005Second star to the right and straight on till morning.
On 1/23/2011 Suzanne13 said:

Hiya Kali. I suggest doing some research before you put these up to sell. There's a really good site that sells lots of china / glassware / silver / stainless patterns. It's called replacements.com and will probably have both your china and crystal patterns for sale. You can use that site to get an idea of what your items might be worth.

Also, do an ebay search on your patterns and check for any historical info you can get. Used to be that you could pull up a list of completed sales / auctions; don't know if that feature is still available on ebay or not...

Good luck!

Yes, you can still search completed sales on ebay.

"SHUT UP LEGS" - Jens Voight

mom431295821442.61127 PostsRegistered 4/26/2005
On 1/23/2011 mj198 said:

Sell it to replacements.com

I agree, I sold quite a bit of china to replacements and received more than I expected. At least get a quote from them to determine what is a fair price if you decide to sell it on your own on ebay.

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lulu21295821667.6620766 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

I would not go the ebay route, as china and stemware are expensive to ship. As much as it means to you, Noritake does not have great resale value. You did not say what kind of stemware you have, but unless it is one of the big names, it will probably only go for a few dollars a stem.. Advertise in a local paper. A consignment shop will really slash it's worth.

Linders Ba­ck1295822314.4378464 PostsRegistered 9/4/2005Second star to the right and straight on till morning.
On 1/23/2011 lulu2 said:

I would not go the ebay route, as china and stemware are expensive to ship. As much as it means to you, Noritake does not have great resale value. You did not say what kind of stemware you have, but unless it is one of the big names, it will probably only go for a few dollars a stem.. Advertise in a local paper. A consignment shop will really slash it's worth.

If you are dealing with a good consignment shop, that may not be the case. I sold a set of Christmas pattern dishes (20 pieces) that I had bought 6 years ago after Christmas for $12, for $45 this past December. So even though I got 50%, I came out ahead and the profits for the shop went to charity. Smiles all around.

A beaded jacket I tried a couple of times to sell unsuccessfully on ebay ($9.00 starting bid) sold at the shop for $40.

I agree that the shipping for glassware and china is way too much and buyers factor that in to the overall cost so you are only getting what the dishes are worth minus the shipping. The hidden charges at ebay can add up, too. Listing costs, Paypal fees...

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7 of 91295822626.233916 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006Motor City

Hey, Kali...what pattern is the china? I have Noritake, too. I have actually bought some serving pieces from Replacements.com, but only have four place-settings of the actual dinner pieces.

Kalli1295822698.12979 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004

I realize I'll get pennies on the dollar for this stuff, even though most of it is practically unused. If I were attached to it, I'd keep it. But I'm not and I'm trying to simplify my life and declutter.

For those of you who've sold stuff to replacements dot com, how did you ship your stuff?

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Kalli1295823163.922979 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004

7 of 9,

It's the Fragrance pattern.

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beach music1295824059.45329065 PostsRegistered 4/16/2007

you'd probably do better with an ad in your local paper...then, the money is all yours.

a consignment shop with lots of traffic can also be easier than shipping to 'replacements' or putting it on ebay...remember, they buy to make a profit on your stuff.

most consignment shops take out 25-30% and have customers who collect, buy china for re-sale, have people looking for older and unusual patterns, or designers.

check out ebay and 'replacements' and online sites for value and going rates.

good luck !

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pearllady1295824155.0572967 PostsRegistered 4/8/2009PA

E-bay is a great place to sell. BUT NEVER SELL CRYSTAL, EXPENSIVE DINNERWARE, ETC. They all end up broken. I would go with replacement.com.

scchicki1295824337.8173031 PostsRegistered 5/22/2007God's Country

Definitely Replacements.com

scCool

drizzellla1295825595.9871475 PostsRegistered 7/16/2007

I wrote to Replacements about my Mom's sterling silver. They offered on average $1 - $2 per piece. I can sell the sterling to the silver sellers for over $50 per 5 piece place setting. And I would also have to ship the pieces to Replacememnts.

My girlfriend sold many of her Lenox collectables to Replacements. She got a good price for a few things and so-so price on others. But she was so happy to get rid of all the boxes she didn't care. But shipping cost her quite a bit and one piece did break in shipping.

Do you have auctions houses near you? I think if you do a bit of leg work and check out different options and one that will be your best choice.

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osp13031295825739.803159 PostsRegistered 9/2/2009

Hi Kalli. I just checked on eBay to see what the Noritake Fragrance pattern pieces have sold for in the recent past and I'm sorry to say that NONE have sold for what they were asking. I'm afraid you would have to "give them away" and deal with the stress of packaging them up well to ensure they wouldn't end up broken. I buy and sell on eBay and have shipped sets of dishes/glassware in the past and can tell you that unless it's something really special, it's just not worth it. The supplies alone can be pretty pricey because of the amount of bubble wrap needed. I would definitely check out the replacements site that others have recommended. I also agree with the other poster for you to check out taking out an ad in your local paper but if you don't feel comfortable with strangers coming to your home, a local consignment shop is another avenue. If you let me know what the crystal stemware is, I'd be happy to look that up for you on eBay as well. Let us know what you end up doing. :)

7 of 91295826430.5173916 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006Motor City

Ad on Craigslist? IDK. Not sure I trust that place.

Replacements is selling a 45 piece "starter set" for $579.00.

Pretty pattern, Kali. Very traditional. Mine is Segovia. Not what I would choose today. I have smoke-colored stemware to go with it.

Kalli1295826638.362979 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004

How does replacements get my stuff? I must have to send it to them, right?

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

7 of 91295827139.8733916 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006Motor City

I would think so, Kali. I'm sure theyd want to inspect it for chips, etc.

Kalli1295827556.6272979 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004

My niece lives in Charlotte. Replacements is in an area north of there. It looks like she might pass it on her way home from PA. Maybe I could make some sort of arrangement for her to deliver it there, if they are interested. But I'd still have to pack it all up. At least I wouldn't have to pay for shipping, though. Hm.....

In the meantime, I could list it locally and see what happens.

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

Zoologist1295827797.056013 PostsRegistered 9/3/2010

Replacements is great.

cinebee1295828152.7236431 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007

Several years ago I sold 8 place settings of Noritake Savannah plus some serving pieces in new condition for $275 through an antique mall. I had a booth at the time, so the mall got 10 percent of that.

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Kalli1295828293.982979 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004

Cinebee, I'd be so very happy to make that amount! There is an antique mall about 45 mins from here. Maybe I could try that, too. :)

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill

Lotus~1295828656.32335338 PostsRegistered 6/23/2006Long Island, NY

You're probably better off holding on to it.....pack it up and put it in the attic. Maybe a family member would like it someday.

I love mine.....rarely used it.....loved how my table looked when I used it.....but, I'll never sell it..I doubt you get close to what you paid for it.

Right now it's packed up in newspaper and boxed.....I moved last year and don't have anywhere to put it. I had it in a china cabinet, but, that's in storage too.

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beach music1295828971.26729065 PostsRegistered 4/16/2007

you might want to call and see how much of your pattern replacements carries and it's popularity...that will determine how much you may get for it.

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