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10-20-2004 09:54 PM  13 years agoPost 1
rjflyer

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Valley City, Ohio​(Cleveland)

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I have a heli that I am thinking of selling. I would like to know how you guys figure out the worth of the heli? Do you add up everything you put into it including all upgrades, deduct for age and wear, or a percentage off the total? I don't want to get ripped off or rip anybody else off

Rick...God,I love this hobby!

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10-20-2004 09:57 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Furious Predator

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Kitchener, Ontario,​Canada

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put it on ebay, set the value to an unbelievable high cost so no one can actually buy it, and see how high the bids go

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10-20-2004 10:02 PM  13 years agoPost 3
sharam

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Northern California​- Fly at Morgan Hill​Field

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My rule of thumb is that a heli with "low mileage" - maybe 10 flights, is properly in the right ballpark at about 65% to 75% of its "new" price. New price is what Rick's or Heliproz will sell the heli for.

You may get more or less depending on various conditions.

Seller's reputation also has a lot to do with it. If seller's profile shows he/she is a heli enthusiast and has a lot of experience, then that can give you more assurance about the condition of the heli.

If seller is on the Good Guys list with good references, then all the better.

Savvy buyers will check out all your references, especially if it's an expensive item.

Your price may be better on eBay since you are attracting a much larger buyer base.

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10-20-2004 10:08 PM  13 years agoPost 4
GBNT

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Hi rjflyer

Heres how I would start
Have a look for what others are selling for & consider selling radio gear seperate.(if you are selling it)
If you have upgrades on it, might be worth putting back to original (if you still have the bits) and sell them individualy.
If your not in a rush, start with a price your happy with. You can always drop it later.
rip anybody else off
If someone is happy to pay the price you ask, your not ripping them off, no matter how much you ask

Best of luck

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10-20-2004 11:13 PM  13 years agoPost 5
G-DAVE

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Tyne and Wear ,​England

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In my experience you will have to fight to get much more than 60% of the new price.
Dave

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10-20-2004 11:18 PM  13 years agoPost 6
webbhost

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england - Leicester

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e-baying it can be good, but some helicopers have gone for really cheap on there, unlucky for the seller, because people aren't always looking for that kind of stuff on e-bay.

meh

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10-20-2004 11:52 PM  13 years agoPost 7
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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Just look through the auctions that have ended on ebay recently for similar items.

You'll quickly see what sells, what doesn't, and where the make or break price is.

Dave

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