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I HAVE A WESTERN ELEC. CO. VINTAGE HAND CRANK PHONE IN VERY…

I HAVE A WESTERN...

I HAVE A WESTERN ELEC. CO. VINTAGE HAND CRANK PHONE IN VERY GOOD SHAPE. MODEL 317S. STILL RINGS WHEN CRANKED. COPY WRITE 1915 WHATS A GOOD ASKING PRICE

Expert's Assistant: Don't you just love the idea of finding something valuable in your attic? I do, but I think all I have up there is junk my brothers abandoned before they left home. Always a good idea to check things with the Antiques Appraiser, though. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.

WELL, STILL HAS THE SCHEMATICS ON THE INSIDE DOOR. TRIED CALLING AUNT BEE, BUT DIDN'T GO THRU. LOL

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Customer:(###) ###-####IS STAMPED ON THE SPEAKER, WHICH IS SILVER ,i THINK. THATS IT.

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Your Westerrn Electric Co hand crank phone model #317S has an estimated retail value of $450-600.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only.

Etsy.com - small fees-20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com
https://www.justcollecting.com

Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

Ultimately, to obtain these retail values we assume the piece or set is in good condition and that the final value depends on sale geographic location.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 20% more than retail values.

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Outstanding info, just learning this online line selling. thanks for your help Doris.

You are welcome.

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