Selling a one off expensive item is never an easy thing to do. I know if I tried to sell my car privately I would be stressed about the work required and be completely out of my depth - it's not surprising I have traded in all the cars I've sold just for the convenience. Selling a Pre-Loved Engagement Ring is similarly challenging in that it is an expensive item that requires a lot of knowledge to sell.
This article is specifically about pricing. For other tips on how to sell an Engagement Ring click on my blog article here. Not pricing a ring accurately is one of the biggest mistake I see individuals make when trying to sell an Engagement Ring. The good news is, you can do some research and find out how to accurately price your ring.
1. Look at Like Items Recently Sold
The most useful thing you can do is to look at the sold history of a similar item on a buy and sell site such as eBay.
A common mistake people make is pricing the item based on currently listed items. This is not going to give an accurate representation as to what the item actually sells for. You need to search previously sold items. Remember an item that is still for sale has not sold. The honest truth is they may never sell it at all.
By looking at actual sold items, you will be able to get an accurate figure of what the market values your item at.
2. Look at Prices Individual Sellers have Achieved
Once you have some information from sold listings, you do have to be realistic about the amount that you as an individual one off seller may be able to achieve. I know with the car yard analogy they would be able to sell my secondhand car for much more than I could ever hope to achieve. They have a ready supply of buyers, spend millions on advertising and have a solid history. Similarly with jewellery, if the seller is an established seller, with a following of buyers, who offer services such as payment plans, have a strong history of selling, then expecting to achieve a similar amount is not realistic.
The most accurate assessment is to find a similar seller, who has sold a similar item. Then you have market knowledge of what people would be happy to purchase your item for, from you. You can then price your item accordingly with this knowledge in mind.
3. Price Realistically
This is very important to price realistically because I see so many people lose money in the following scenario:
Let's say the ring was bought originally for $10,000. The individual hopes to get back what they have paid and they advertise the item for $9,000. Unfortunately this price is not realistic. As mentioned in my previous blog article here luxury jewellery depreciates as soon as you walk out of the jewellery store. The value of this item has significantly and is no longer close to the purchase price.
By advertising at this price, most buyers think the seller is inexperienced. They are put off by the high price and they won't even make an enquiry on the item. These individuals get disheartened after few months of no interest (apart from maybe scammers) and end up selling the item to a pawn shop and receiving a fraction of the price such as $1000.
If the person had advertised the ring for a more realistic price of say $4000, they would have had more genuine enquiries, real offers and multiple people asking about the ring.
It is quite common for people who price the at say $2500 to receive multiple offers and also get interest above their asking price.
4. Don't Get Offended With Offers and Negotiate Instead
Instead of getting upset and offended, negotiate. This will give you way more options and also potentially increase the offer you received to one you are happy with. You will be surprised at how often this can happen.
Get market knowledge on previous sales, price realistically and don't be afraid to negotiate.
If you are selling a Tiffany & Co., Cartier or Bvlgari Engagement Ring we can give you an on the spot offer.
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