Is there a publication that represent all the manufacturers of 0 gauge equipment present value (new or used)? For example: Lionel, MTH, Williams, Weaver, Kline etc.
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Price guides tend to get out of date very quickly, and the values need to be taken with a grain of salt anyway. IMO, they're useful for information regarding rarity and variations (for those who care about such things), but that's about it.
its called Ebay. use it as a TOOL and search for the things you have or want and watch the prices they actually sell for rather than what folks are asking..
What I do for pricing is take ebay sold listings, find ones that are similar in condition, then do my adder value, then discount it 20%. The reason for the discount is the fees, supplies, time and effort for creating the listing, questions etc.
Adder value can be positive or negative. This is my personal estimate. For example, if I have a Post War item that has TMCC added, I will add, $50. If PS1, I subtract $100. If PS1
There can't be a book as it will be out of date as soon as data is started to be collected. I will uses older guides to gauge rarity. For example, if in 1995 a common item was printed as a value of $10, and the rare variation is at $30, I will keep that same ratio.
eBay is OK as a general guide line but you never know what prices too expect! look how high the TIU's n remotes are going for Crazy prices $700.00 for a tiu sometimes !
and I've seen it go the other way or forum for remote worth $200.00 and
forum member only want to buy it for $60.00
eBay completed auctions is used by most estate and smart garage sale folks and is used as the highest price to be expected. It represents, in most cases, competitive bid prices (it includes Buy it Now sales too) and most local sales at train shows, estate sales etc. are not comparatively bid on and to sell, the price has to be lower than the eBay completed auction price.
eBay completed auction prices, available in moment on a smart phone, has obsoleted those old Lionel Price Guides we all used to determine prices for used trains. There is no need for price guide books that would be out of date the day published.
AFAIK there are price guides for Lionel, and plenty of them, and then the only other manufacturers I've seen price guides for are MTH, American Flyer and Marx. Also, I don't even know if there have been MTH or Marx publications done recently.
I use the auction site in the same manner as others have mentioned to get pricing info. However, it's no where near perfect, particularly because there is an age out of completed listings. So 1) you are looking at a snapshot of selling prices where a particular event can really affect pricing (the pandemic and closing of MTH are examples) and 2) for the rarer items, one may have not sold in the last XXX number of days or X years for that matter.