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04-02-2010 06:52 PM  10 years ago
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oteskate

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Pricing guidelines for selling helis
Hey guys... was just looking for some opinions. With the new season upon us and the plans on building a few new helis this year, I have been thinking about cleaning house a bit and trying to move on some of my older helis I've accumulated over time. What I was wondering, is that since we don't have a "blue book" for helis, per say, how do you guys generally go about reaching a reasonable selling price for a heli. With the wide range of electronics and engine/motor combinations we can use, I didn't know if there were any certain rules that one would follow to give an accurate "worth" value to a model for sale. Just trying to come up with fair pricing method and not risk losing my butt on a sale either.

Looking forward to hearing your guy's suggestions. Thanks!
Jeff
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04-02-2010 07:18 PM  10 years ago
Wingman77

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most stuff on here will sell around 65% retail
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04-02-2010 07:52 PM  10 years ago
Jgatorman

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Whatever the market will bare.
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04-02-2010 08:24 PM  10 years ago
Wingman77

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yea that's really helpful Jeff..
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04-02-2010 08:44 PM  10 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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List it high, then gradually drop the price until it sells.Avant RC
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04-02-2010 09:45 PM  10 years ago
alexz

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In what shape is the heli in? How old is the kit? Are the parts stell easy to come by? How much stuff comes with the helis? How popular is the heli? Do serch on that modle to see what othere are selling thiers for. This is what I ask my self, befor posting for sale. Post it for what you would like. But be willing to come down some. Do this and you will sell your stuff fast. If you'er not willing to come down in your price and people think it's high it will take longer to sell. But if it's a fare price it well sell. Don't worry there well be a ton of people that will chime in about your price.
Good luck.
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04-02-2010 09:53 PM  10 years ago
Richardmid1

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Selling an ARTF heli wont fetch as much money as if you were to strip it and sell the stuff seperatly.60% of the time, it works every time!
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04-02-2010 10:27 PM  10 years ago
Wingman77

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the problem with artf is it always has somthing that someone does not want and they won't pay as much for it.
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04-02-2010 10:39 PM  10 years ago
brcg123

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you have to ask yourself, "how much would I sell my 4 year old computer for" then double that figure.






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04-02-2010 10:44 PM  10 years ago
Gravitysucks

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+1 Richardmid1
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04-02-2010 11:11 PM  10 years ago
Andy.Kim

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You could check the classifieds to see how much your heli/part is selling for
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04-02-2010 11:14 PM  10 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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I agree with stripping it and selling the parts separately.Avant RC
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04-02-2010 11:16 PM  10 years ago
leejax01

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Buyers market period. Part it out and don't look back.Perfect practice makes perfect
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04-02-2010 11:23 PM  10 years ago
Andy.Kim

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be prepared for low ballers...
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04-03-2010 12:45 AM  10 years ago
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Or no ballers!Raptor 50 Titan SE
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04-03-2010 03:21 AM  10 years ago
Brokenlink

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If you get half of what you have into it,you are doing great.Seems like it generally costs me Just to help someone that might be less fortunate,or has been through some rough times.There are some great guys on this forum that has over the years helped me with parts or just plain ass good deals to keep me hanging in there.

You might be able to help someone out with stuff that you don't need.It does take alittle asking around to weed out the people that will take anything for free or next to nothing,just to turn around and sell it next week for a profit.
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04-03-2010 03:30 AM  10 years ago
jsenicka

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If it is current generation you may get 65% used. But let a newer, cooler heli come out, or a newer/better/sexier version of an existing model and it drops.
So you might get 65% of what you paid for a Trex 700 Pro, but the LE dropped it some. Go back to anything previous to the T700 coming out and expect 50% or less.

Bottom line is expect to better than half of what you paid, and write that loss off as "payment for fun" and you are ok
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04-03-2010 03:40 AM  10 years ago
Dave's Raptor

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Jeff,
I agree if you get 50% - 65% of what retail cost is you will be getting about the same as everyone dealing on here. One of the biggest cost is shipping, if you include insurance it's more. If you are dealing with a "big ticket" item it is worth the extra just to make sure you and the other guy are both covered. You will probably end up better off to part them out as others have mentioned above. I hope you have good dealings however you decide to sell.

Dave
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04-03-2010 03:57 AM  10 years ago
rocco.sj

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I think it's more of the brand of the heli that will sell faster then a heli that was 6yrs old discontinued models.
Always put yourself as a buyers point of view, and get a feel what it would be like if you were about to buy your own heli.
Usually if your heli is fully loaded and comes with parts and accessories(ie.batteries,gears,motor,etc,etc,etc.) it would sell alot faster vs. just a kit.

One thing forsure i know for a fact is that the buyer always,always,expect discounted price on the sales.(20% to 60% Off)
I know i would.lol
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04-03-2010 04:38 AM  10 years ago
vinnielopez

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Ive always felt that if something is used then you should be talking 50% of original NIB condition. If it is still a hot bird or item then 65% but with new stuff coming out constantly most of the time it will most likely be 50%. I think we all have a tendency to overprice our used items some do it to be able to negotiate to finally end up somewhere close to what they wanted in the first place.
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