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A neighbor has asked me to help him set a fair price for an item he has. It is a Lionel Set 1633. The set and box appear mint to me and the engines/cars have not been out of their individual boxes. I have heard this is a pretty rare set. I have seen the price in the Greensburg guide, but don't know if that is a realistic price. Wondering if he can expect close to that or if other's experience suggest something lower? Don't think he wants to do ebay and would rather sell to a collector.

Thanks for any feedback.

Ken

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Ditto to all of the above...

From your verbal description, you have a very desirable two tier 1633 set and not the display box variation. Ebay (minus fees) is a good selling option; collectors abound on the "bay," and with those hard to find individual boxes, your friend could fetch a great selling price. Of course, selling to a local train buff would eliminate those added fees.

Personally, I would take lots of pictures and let the potential buyers have at it, a bit like a shark feeding frenzy. The last shark standing will determine your "fair price." And unlike the movie, your friend will not need a bigger boat .

Good luck and good selling to your friend...

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@Kenjr posted:

Thanks for the feedback.  I did see the same info on ebay which made me wonder about getting a "real" price expectation. I don't think he has ever used ebay to sell anything, so he was looking at other options.

At the risk of repeating things above (like that ever stopped me), eBay, probably more than any other site, is a national market, so if you are able to find an item that has been sold, this can give you a fair starting point for his price.

Selling prices are what you need, of course, but if there are no sales available, but there are one or more of his item up for sale on eBay, then the asking prices are at least a hint of the item's possible value.

@train steve posted:

Regarding setting a price, maybe set a high and low spread.

High from auction house and low from eBay? Also another factor is if there are more than 1 of the item listed at the time.

Often non train folk value their trains higher than the market values, good luck.

Train Steve is correct: many people see Lionel and they see dollar signs. They don't realize that many older trains were produced in large quantities and many have survived.

If using eBay, start low but set your reserve at the absolute minimum you will accept.

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