Researching Market Values

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  1. Brian Harnish

    Brian Harnish Screenwriter

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    Hello everyone!

    I used to be very active here when I was in the midst of purchasing my home theater a few years ago. But, alas, I've fallen on hard times and need to sell my equipment and software, so I'm performing some market research.

    I'm looking for information on what dollar values I could expect to obtain for the following. PLEASE NOTE that this is NOT a for sale post. I'm not selling these items on the home theater forum (nor am I selling them in this thread). I'm performing basic market research. Once the time comes to sell I plan on going through other channels to sell.

    Toshiba 42H83 HDTV-ready Rear Projection TV
    SVS Cylinder Subwoofer
    Onkyo TX-SR601 Receiver
    Pair of Infinity Primus 250 Speakers
    Infinity Primus C25 Center Speaker
    Panasonic DVD –S27 Progressive Scan DVD Player
    Xbox 360 (titles listed at the end of the DVD Titles)
    Playstation 2 (titles listed at the end of the the DVD Titles)
    IKEA dark grey Home Theater Cabinet

    247 DVD Titles
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    Spiderman
    Spiderman 2
    Spiderman 3
    Kill Bill Vol. 1
    Kill Bill Vol. 2
    Saving Private Ryan
    Saturday Night Fever
    Swordfish
    Artificial Intelligence
    Sunset Boulevard
    The Birds
    Galaxy Quest
    King of New York
    Unbreakable
    XXX
    Total Recall
    Click
    Blade Trinity
    Beverly Hills Cop
    Beverly Hills Cop 2
    Pulp Fiction
    Dragon Heart
    Stargate
    I Robot
    The Terminator
    Terminator 2: Judgement Day Extreme DVD
    AKIRA
    Scarface: 2-Disc Anniversary Edition
    Hoosiers
    Planet Of The Apes
    Canadian Bacon
    The Fugitive
    Fight Club
    Airforce One
    Dumb and Dumber
    Hook
    Princess Mononoke
    Almost Famous: Unrated
    Deep Impact
    Andy Kaufman Midnight Special
    Fatal Attraction
    Die Hard
    Die Hard 2
    Die Hard With a Vengeance
    Live Free Or Die Hard
    Happy Gilmore
    South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
    Speed
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Craft
    Field of Dreams: Anniversary Edition
    Dead Poets Society
    Showgirls
    Boyz N the Hood
    A Beautiful Mind
    Shrek
    Big Trouble In Little China
    Broken Arrow
    El Mariachi/Desperado
    Lord of the Rings
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Patch Adams
    Independence Day
    Clerks: 10th Anniversary Edition
    The Naked Gun
    Heat
    Meat Loaf: VH1 Storytellers
    Braveheart: Special Edition
    Mulholland Drive
    Boogie Nights
    Elvis Presley: Jailhouse Rock
    Man On The Moon
    Star Trek VII
    School Of Rock
    Lethal Weapon 1
    Lethal Weapon 2
    Lethal Weapon 3
    Lethal Weapon 4
    King of New York Special Edition
    The Replacement Killers
    Glory
    The Mummy
    Payback
    50 First Dates
    Elf
    The Untouchables
    007: Die Another Day
    North By Northwest
    Anchorman (Widescreen)
    Chasing Amy
    Braveheart (Standard)
    Rebecca
    The Exorcist
    Se7en
    Top Secret!
    Enemy of the State (standard)
    Hearts In Atlantis
    Dark City
    High Noon
    Rainman
    Supersize Me
    The Score
    Star Trek: First contact
    Sarah McLachlan Video Collection: 1989 – 1998
    Titanic: Standard Edition
    American Pie 2: Unrated
    Armageddon (standard)
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer the movie
    Elvis Presley: Kid Galahad
    Demolition Man
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
    Finding Nemo
    Sex, Lies, and Videotape
    The Cable Guy
    Memento
    The Terminator
    The Truman Show
    Dr. Strangelove
    Jackie Brown
    Basic Instinct (special Ice pick edition)
    Monty Python And the Holy Grail
    Walking With Dinosaurs
    Life
    The Cable Guy
    Cruel Intentions
    Wayne’s World
    National Treasure
    Chronicles of Riddick
    Stargate
    Carlito’s Way
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Reservoir Dogs
    Twister
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Robocop
    Lord of the Rings
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Devil’s Advocate
    Anger Management
    Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    XXX
    2 Fast 2 Furious
    Face/Off
    True Lies
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    The Incredibles
    Big Daddy
    Rocky
    The Blues Brothers
    The Ladies Man
    The 40 Year Old Virgin (Unrated)
    Contact
    Interview With the Vampire
    Schindler’s List
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    The Sixth Sense
    Eight Millimeter
    Meat Loaf: Hits Out Of Hell
    The Graduate
    Twin Peaks: The Complete First Season
    JFK
    Citizen Kane
    In the Heat Of The Night
    Moscow on the Hudson
    Back to the Future Trilogy
    Better Off Dead
    Snake Eyes
    Rebel Without A Cause
    The TAO of Steve
    Monty Python’s Life of Brian
    Blow
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Wall Street
    The Matrix
    The Matrix Reloaded
    The Matrix Revolutions
    Orange County
    Talladega Nights
    Superman: The Ultimate Collection
    The Simpsons Season 1
    The Simpsons Season 2
    The Simpsons Season 3
    The Simpsons Season 4
    The Simpsons Season 5
    The Simpsons Season 6
    The Simpsons Season 7
    The Simpsons Season 8
    The Simpsons Season 9
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 1
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 2
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 3
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 4
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 5
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 6
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 7
    Angel Season 1
    Angel Season 2
    Angel Season 3
    Angel Season 4
    Angel Season 5
    Married With Children Season 1
    Married With Children Season 2
    Married With Children Season 3
    Married With Children Season 4
    Married With Children Season 5
    Married With Children Season 6
    Married With Children Season 7
    Married With Children Season 8
    Boy Meets World Season 1
    Boy Meets World Season 2
    Boy Meets World Season 3
    That 70s Show Season 2
    Sliders Seasons 1 & 2
    Sliders Season 3
    Quantum Leap Season 1
    Quantum Leap Season 2
    Quantum Leap Season 3
    Quantum Leap Season 4
    Friends Season 1
    Friends Season 2
    Friends Season 3
    Friends Season 4
    Friends Season 5
    Friends Season 6
    Friends Season 7
    Friends Season 8
    Friends Season 9
    Friends Season 10
    Stargate SG-1 Season 1
    Stargate SG-1 Season 2
    Stargate SG-1 Season 3
    Stargate SG-1 Season 4
    Stargate SG-1 Season 5
    Stargate SG-1 Season 6
    Stargate SG-1 Season 7
    Stargate SG-1 Season 8
    Stargate SG-1 Season 9
    Smallville Season 1
    Smallville Season 2
    Smallville Season 3
    Smallville Season 4
    Twilight
    The Butterfly Effect

    Xbox Titles
    Street Fighter: Anniversay Collection
    Mortal Kombat Deception
    Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance
    Crimson Skies
    Halo 2

    Xbox 360 titles
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    Playstation 2 Titles
    Gran Turismo 4



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  2. DaveF

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    If you haven't, look up final sale prices for these (or similar) items on eBay. Look for the offering prices on your local CraigsList. That gave me a good price, resulting in a quick sale on my previous TV.

    I don't know the used market, but my perspective is that used DVDs are worth about $1, since I can buy new DVDs from the bargain bins for $5-$7, and commonly find TV sets for $30.

    Good luck with your selling!
     
  3. Brian Harnish

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    Thank you Dave. What do you think of prices for the following? Realistic or shooting myself in the foot (no buyers)?

    Toshiba 42H83 HDTV-ready Rear Projection TV - $400
    SVS Cylinder Subwoofer - $300
    Onkyo TX-SR601 Receiver - $200
    Pair of Infinity Primus 250 Speakers - $200
    Infinity Primus C25 Center Speaker - $100
    Panasonic DVD –S27 Progressive Scan DVD Player - $50
    Xbox 360 (titles listed at the end of the DVD Titles) - $300
    Playstation 2 (titles listed at the end of the the DVD Titles) - $250
    IKEA dark grey Home Theater Cabinet - $50

    Please note to those who are viewing this that I'm not selling. Just establishing a baseline to start selling shortly via other avenues.

    Thank you to all in advance for the advice- it's greatly appreciated.
     
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    In general the prices look too high to me. If you want to move stuff you should cut those prices down. Don't think in terms of what it cost you at the time, think in terms of how much someone would be willing to spend on something older and used. Most people want to buy something new and will only consider old stuff if it is a big bargain. In general items should be priced at least half of what you paid for it, unless it is something rare or there is a large demand for it.

    I don't think you would be able to get that much for the gaming consoles and software. Playstation 2 in particular has been surpassed by PSX3 so I'm not sure anyone would be willing to put up $250 for that and one title.

    As for the SVS it's hard to judge without saying which model it is.
     
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    I agree. Considering you can buy a brand new PS2 for $99 and Gran Turismo 4 can be bought new for $19 there's no way someone is going to give you $250 for a used PS2 and a used copy of GT4 when they could get the exact same thing new for $118. You'd probably be lucky to get $75 max. Similarly, $300 for the 360 w/ one 360 game and a handful of regular Xbox games is too high. You're probably looking at closer to max $175 there.
     
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    Yeah, and speaking of which, the PS2 is still going pretty strong.
     
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    I haven't used halfdotcom in a few years, but I found it was a fast way to move software in the past.

    For market research, it's a simple matter to check going rates on the site. Just undercut the selling prices by a little and get ready for lots of trips to the post office.
     
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    For reference, this year I sold the following. Both to coworkers. Both quick, easy sales.
    $150 for 2002 36" Sony WEGA HDTV CRT
    $50 for Nintendo GameCube, 2 controllers, 7 games


    Re: Xbox 360. Last Winter, the 360 with 60 GB drive and two games sold normally for $299. So a used unit, probably with 20GB drive and one used game for $300 is overpriced.

    SVS sub for $300 seems reasonable, but I've not checked new price for that specific sub.

    Your price for the TV is a reasonable starting point and might sell for that much.

    $200 for the Onkyo receiver seems not unreasonable, at least as the asking price. I should be a couple years newer than my 2001 model, and would have HD component video switching, multiple TOSlink and RCA digital inputs, 5.1 DD and DPL IIx.

    Good luck!
     
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    Was at BestBuy this morning: new progressive scan DVD players start at $40 (normal retail, no sale). The new Toshiba super upconverting player is $60. No way a used DVD player will fetch $50. Maybe $20?
     

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