Successful Strategies for Selling Unused Gear?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KK5JY, Dec 15, 2019.

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  1. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Over the years, I have collected a lot of AR gear... unfortunately, too much gear. :) It's time to downsize the pile, and free up some space in and around the house.

    Do you all have any suggestions or advice, whether good things to do, or pitfalls to avoid, for selling AR gear in 2019? I live in an area where hams are very scarce, so my only real option is selling stuff online.

    My goal is to get some nice electronics into a new home, with happy buyers, and to avoid getting scammed.

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance. :cool:
  2. WX7P

    WX7P Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't overestimate condition or value.
    Make sure you disclose every pimple.
    Don't sell to condition queens. They are never satisfied.
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  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    If it doesn't work don't sell it saying it does. TEST IT.

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  4. N8FVJ

    N8FVJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    What is 'AR' gear? Audio Research?
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  5. K1OIK

    K1OIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Isn't Unused Gear, new gear?
    Whatever the case sell it on QRZ, it is well regulated. If you do eBay label it "for parts" or else someone will claim it doesn't work. In the ad don't mention parts swappers or say, "thanks for looking", excessive wordiness.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2019
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  6. N1VAU

    N1VAU XML Subscriber QRZ Page


    Treat buyers the same way you would want to be treated.

    Don't overstate condition.

    Test gear thoroughly before trying to sell it.

    Then take CLEAR CLOSE UP pictures of the gear powered up and working!

    Post pictures of it being tested. Show the rf meter deflection.

    Post CLEAR pictures of everything. All sides and angles.

    Put your call sign in the pictures so web scammers don't use your pictures to scam someone else.

    Resist the BS description buzzwords like "never used in a contest" "lightly-gently used" "never at full power" even if true.

    If the gear has been around pets and smokers SAY SO.

    Honestly evaluate your ability to properly pack your gear for shipping. Got factory boxes? Double box everything with enough packing cushion to survive a 3' drop on cement.

    If you can't properly package or aren't going to take it to a professional who will, don't sell online.

    Take pictures of items being properly packaged.

    Buy shipping insurance for everything.

    Communicate tracking information with buyer.

    Buy a subscription to QRZ from the proceeds of your 1st sale.

    There's a few pointers to ponder.
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  7. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    GREAT POINTS & I agree
  8. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sell it for half price.

    That worked for Radio Shack.
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  9. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    You have a point -- I wasn't entirely clear. :)

    I will be selling gear that I have used, but is no longer being used. So I can either let it sit on a shelf in boxes, or sell it to someone who will get some use out of it.
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  10. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    The top two strategies for me:

    Sell to local hams--make known at the club you have some good stuff to sell.

    Sell at hamfests you attend.

    The bottom, the very bottom on the list? eBay, and not just because you'll have to ship the gear. ;)

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