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China set
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:54:07 PM »
Hi all.
Bought a 66 piece set of China. Haviland.
Actually 5 different patterns.  They look nearly alike.
Looking for suggestion on how to sell on ebay. 

Whole set?
Groups of pieces - 6 lunch plates......?
Piece like piece?   

Thoughts. 

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Re: China set
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 10:11:05 PM »
 

Thoughts.

Several years ago I got a great locker that had both a daughter (age 50 or so) and her deceased mother's belongings inside. The younger one had died as well and the locker went up for auction. No one to bail it out I guess.

Anyway, there were two complete sets of Japanese china in there...can't remember the names, but what I do remember was looking them up on whatever the replacements site is (maybe that's it replacements.com) to get an idea. They deal in selling pieces and of course they have hundreds of patterns.

I tried selling whole sets. Didn't work. What I eventually found out was that pieces like soup toureens (sp?), serving dishes, cream/sugar sets, etc are what sell on eBay. Made sense to me as those pieces are single sorts of things and likely to get broken on the way from the Thanksgiving table to the floor.  Those sold. Others weren't worth the listing.

All depends on brand as well of course. Hope this helps.

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Re: China set
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 12:37:24 PM »
I've had a few and always ended up selling piece by piece. 
Like MM said, platers and gravy boats go first, then a plate here, cup there.....

I have a set that lists for thousands.  It's from WWII era Japan.  Not a peep (except dealers with insulting low ball offers) when trying to sell it for $750....but lots of offers for one plate for $100 or $25 for a saucer.   

China is just a hard sell.  No one has formal dinners anymore and nice dish ware is so cheap these days (and dishwasher safe).   But they are willing to spend big bucks replacing a plate from grandmas set....

Think in another 10-15 years, unless there is a 'trend' that pops up, selling china will be near impossible.
No one really use's it, or has in a while, so it will be meaningless to 20-something's of today that will be the buyers of tommarrow.

Re: China set
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 04:59:47 PM »
 :'(.
So I guess I suckered myself this time.
This is happening to collectables every day.
Like Howdy Doody. The folks still around that remember him are past their collecting days and soon very few will remember him at all - worse yet, with the speed of change of technology - a lot of "youth" really don't even understand.

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Re: China set
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013, 05:17:08 PM »
:'(.
So I guess I suckered myself this time.
This is happening to collectables every day.
Like Howdy Doody. The folks still around that remember him are past their collecting days and soon very few will remember him at all - worse yet, with the speed of change of technology - a lot of "youth" really don't even understand.

Well, you didn't say how much you paid for them, so hopefully it wasn't too expensive a lesson.

As to old collectibles (like Howdy Doody) one has to be careful all right.  Another example is old yearbooks. Sure a college yearbook from 1923 looks great at an estate sale, but a 20 year old grad from that year would be 110 years old today !  Sure, maybe he/she had a child when they were 25 and maybe that child would be interested in it, but THAT person would be OLD too ! 

Time does us all in, and I doubt the grand-children or great-grand-children would be interested in a book where you have to turn the pages.




Re: China set
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2013, 12:22:36 PM »
Selling as replacements is always the easiest way to go. I sold 18 pieces to one lady last week because she had a matching set that she got as a wedding gift. Don't forget about craigslist either! Put up the china, but individually list prices. You'll find that someone is looking for a dish because they just dropped one.

It's true that people don't think of china like they did back in the day, but those that still have sets, cherish them!

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Re: China set
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2013, 07:13:51 PM »
I've sold a few sets of china on Ebay. They definitely don't go for very much. I agree with listing the individuals. Also, packing and shipping china is a b**ch. Also if there are any pieces with chips just throw them away. Even tiny chips. Just not worth it.

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Re: China set
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2013, 07:50:19 PM »
I've never had much luck buying/selling China. I've gotten China in a few units. I don't recall the name something japanese like nyatachi or something like that. Anyhow, if you look on those "china replacements" sites it's like $36 or more for a single piece of china. its a site so people can buy pieces they've lost or broken from a set. I tried on ebay and classified sites and never had any luck. Wound up selling like 2 sets at a garage sale for like $10 each and was happy with that. Plus selling online account for some breakage unless you spend a fortune sending a giant box all individually wrapped and in a pool of packing peanuts. i tried flea markets as well with the china and a bunch of crystal and they weren't interested. it was actually the pawn shop on that tlc show pawnqueens

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Re: China set
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2013, 08:14:14 PM »
I don't recall the name something japanese like nyatachi or something like that.

Noritake


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Re: China set
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2013, 09:54:00 AM »
Noritake

lol you know whats funny. i saw this thread had new actiity on it so was gonna check it out and righ as i was clicking the name noritake popped in my head and then you said it lol

Re: China set
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2013, 06:48:24 PM »
I've not had much luck but I keep trying.  I have some china, American Embassy coffee mugs, etc. all to sell.  I pick odds and ends up at yardsales all the time for $.25 each.  Figure it's worth the risk or at least a tax write-off from Goodwill.


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