What is my old phone worth?
So, you have an old phone that you found when you cleaned out your grandmother's attic, or maybe you picked up one at a flea market or yard sale. In any event you would like to know 'What's it worth?' Now you could take it to a certified appraiser and pay them $30 to $50 dollars for a professional opinion, which is fine if it turns out to be a $800 phone. But what if it is only worth $25. You would probably like to know if your phone is worth paying for an appraisal before you spend the money. Well there is a way to get a rough idea if your phone is highly sought after by collectors or if it is just an "also ran".
As is true of all collectibles the "law of supply and demand" controls prices, and certainly old phones are no exception. Some of the more common collectible phones like "trimlines" and "princesses" can readily be found for under $40. However, the harder to find old phones like a 1905 Strowger Candlestick in mint condition recently sold for $3500. And there are many other models of vintage old phones that collectors would be willing to pay a lot more than that to own.
The easiest way to get a rough idea of the value of a particular old phone or to find out how much yours may be worth, is to see if any others like it have sold recently on eBay. And if so at what price? Do this by going to eBay HERE, and clicking on the 'advanced search' button at the top of the menu bar. This will bring you to a more detailed search screen. Enter your antique phone's description and maker, such as: "Western Electric 202 phone" then check the 'completed listings only' box and hit enter. This will bring up a list of all phones that fit your description sold on eBay during the last month with the prices they sold for.
(PLEASE NOTE: You must be a logged in member of eBay to use this feature. If you are not a member, sign up is FREE and you can do it here.)
According to experts, old phone prices are expected to increase.
Perhaps you should Invest in some yourself, -- you'll be glad you did!
eBay Old Phone Auctions
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