Update in OP: Help me price some gently used items - Distress Inks and more...

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Posted 12/7/2012 by Madi & Me in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:03:06 AM
A co-worker came to me yesterday and said she'd like to sell some of her stash. I'm so happy! However, I need some help from the Peas...

She's selling 9 Tim Holtz Distress inks in like-new condition. What would be a fair price to offer her? She told me to name my price and I have no idea what to say. They are as follows: Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Antique Linen, and Broken China.

She also has a set of Stampin' Up pencils and blending liquid. Would they be something you'd buy?

And lastly, for chalks, she has a set that is on a white palette shaped base. I can't find the name brand but if this rings a bell with anyone, are they quality chalks?

Thanks for your help!

I definitely want the inks but am unsure about the other items. What would you do/offer? Thanks for helping!

UPDATE: I decided not to buy anything. I spoke more with my co-worker and the description of my offer went from "harsh" to "brutal", despite being provided a reasonable explanation. I spoke at length with her and found the crux of the problem. She admitted she was a stash hoarder (for 13 years) but hardly scrapped and that's where the difficulty in selling these items for fair price comes from. Everything is brand new to her and she wants as close to retail price as possible. She did say it'd be easier on her if she put together boxes of things and sold them as a lump sum but I'm not willing to commit to that unless I help stuff my box! In the meantime, I'm going to build up my things as needed and move on... Thank you again to all the Peas who gave me such sound advice. I appreciate you ALL! This wide world of scrapping can be intimidating for a newbie but I'm learning the ropes little by little.
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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:45:05 AM
Personally, about a dollar each for inks and reinkers. That's on the slightly low side, but they are used. I definitely wouldn't pay more than half of retail, and preferably less.
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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:59:31 AM
Thank you, thank you for your reply! I was going to guess at about half of retail but that's sounding to be a bit much. I'll try $10 for the set of nine ink pads. Still really unsure on the other items -- I don't know what brand the chalks are but I have my eye on a Pebbles set.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:49:12 AM
I always think about what I could buy it for new with a coupon... I could use a 50 or 60% off and get them new for a couple dollars, so $1 is the most I would pay for the inks.

The chalks... I have no idea. I have a set of chalks from 10 years ago that have hardly ever been used, so I haven't priced those

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Posted: 12/7/2012 10:06:52 AM
I agree with the other posters, I'd only pay $1 or $2 each for the inks because you can get them with a coupon brand new for under $3. I'm not sure about the other items, sorry!

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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:07:33 AM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I told her I gathered some opinions from experienced scrappers and offered her $10 for the set. She didn't give me an outright "no" but she sounded very surprised at the "low" offer. Looks like she might end out keeping her stash. She asked about eBay but I matter of factly told her that would cost her in listing fees and time for shipping. If she doesn't end out selling to me, I'm totally cool with that...I'll just slowly start buying brand new with coupons.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:23:13 AM
I paid 2.24 with coupons for my non-special edition TH DIs when they were new so no way would I pay more than 1$ each for them if they were used.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 1:09:18 PM
I used to have those chalks a long time ago. Sombebody gave them to me. That palette thing is a pain because it takes up a lot of room and it doesn't sit nicely on anything else. I finally ended up taking all the chalks off the palette, but then they got banged up and broke. It was a big hassle. Skip it and get the Pebbles ones you really want.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 1:18:30 PM
ditto what the others said for the ink.
Sorry, lady, but it's like buying a car. The value goes down once you drive it off the lot.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 1:22:49 PM
I bought distress inks brand new with free shipping for $2.50 each. Go lower than that.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 1:44:52 PM
You all are life savers, thanks SO much! We spoke more today about everything and I've decided to back off on buying. She said $1 for each ink is "harsh" but at the same time, she hasn't come up with her ideal price. I'm going to pass on the chalks as well. I'm posting from my phone and just noticed there's a poll at the bottom of my OP -- that's in error.

Thanks again everyone! I'll be couponing it for now.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 1:52:41 PM

She said $1 for each ink is "harsh" but at the same time, she hasn't come up with her ideal price.


I'm surprised she thinks that's a low-ball offer.

I wouldn't pay any more than that because:
-I have no idea how "lightly" they've really been used
-I don't know how old they are and if they've dried up at all
-I don't know how they were stored; were the lids put on tightly?

If I were clearing out old ink pads, I'd either give them to a fellow scrapper for free, or just toss them. It wouldn't ever occur to me to sell used ink pads.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 2:12:00 PM
Jenp1024, you raise some very good points! I think I'm better off buying new and building my stash as needed -- I thought this would be a great opportunity for the both of us but it's not going to work out.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 5:56:30 PM
I don't think I'd want to do business with her particularly when she asked YOU what you would offer, and then she calls your answer "harsh"?

Since she is a co-worker, I'd stay away from financial transactions with her. Calling a fair price (practically unanimous Pea verdict - itself a miracle LOL) "harsh" sounds like she's taking this rather personally!

For the sake of workplace harmony I'd steer away from buying her stash.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:11:18 PM
I understand where the gal's coming from but I also know I can get new ones for $2.49 w/coupon.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:01:25 PM

She said $1 for each ink is "harsh" but at the same time, she hasn't come up with her ideal price.


To which you would reply, "That's ok. I understand how hard it must be to sell your items too. I'll have to skip this time. But thanks so much for thinking of me."

Once she does her research, she'll realize that $1 was reasonable. And should she sell them for higher and come back to you to rub it in, simply congratulate her on her sale.
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