Value of a Mersman 55-4 Table

We have come into possession of a Mersman table. It's 23.5" wide and 26" tall, in perfect condition. Any suggestion of the value?
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July 7, 20180 found this helpful

Ohhh!! I have what I think is this exact table (the numbers are worn on mine but it looks the same). I inherited mine from my nana when she passed!! I love it! Yours looks to be in much better shape than mine!

As for value...there are zillions out Mersman's out there...which for most pieces have devalued them.

In our case, this style seems to have held value.

There is one (it doesn't have the numbers--most people don't seem to refer to them by those anyway...no clue why--that sold on eBay for 39.99 + 110.00 shipping (so to value it it would be 149.99--buyer pays shipping which is why I count it toward value).

Double check me to make sure it is an EXACT match to yours in the look--like I said, sometimes the numbers become unreadable.

Only use SOLD items to help determine value as people can as whatever they want, but in my world value is only what someone ACTUALLY PAYS for an item.

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This is the sold one:

www.ebay.com/.../302749979017?hash=item467d4e1189...

There is one on eBay now which also appears to be a match...so you may want to watch it to see what it sells for...they are asking a lot more:

www.ebay.com/.../283020626619?hash=item41e5580abb...

Hope this gets you started on the road to giving it a value!!

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July 7, 20180 found this helpful

I have seen tables like this sell on eBay for $125-150.

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July 8, 20180 found this helpful

There are several ways you can check the value of your table.
Do a search on "Google".

Check with eBay to see if there are any tables like yours for sale.


Go to Craigslist and also check for tables like yours for sale.


Go to local thrift shops and see if they have any tables like yours.


If you have a local news letter on line, ask if any one knows the value.


Good luck !!!

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July 10, 20180 found this helpful

I am a retired antique dealer and just had this table professionally restored. I sold it for $875.

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July 11, 20180 found this helpful

This style of table stays pretty popular - no matter the brand. Usually Mersman tables sell at the lower end but your table appears to be in excellent condition so that is a big plus as many listings will show numerous defects and many are non-repairable flaws.

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  • When checking eBay listings for value, even sold listings, it is very difficult to determine what part of the price + shipping is really profit even if the table was a "free gift" to the owner and there was no money exchanged as everyone want to clear as much money as possible.
  • I looked at the "sold" listing that Pghgirl40 describes and I tend to figure profit (or value) differently.
  • www.ebay.com/.../302749979017?hash=item467d4e1189...
  • The table sold for $39.99 + shipping $110 for a total paid for the table; $149.95.
  • Now we have to figure the cost to the seller; eBay + PayPal fees will be approx. 15% of that total paid: $149.99 or $22.50. Subtract $22.50 from $39.99 = $17.49. Now no matter how you look at it $17.49 is what the seller can claim as profit so does that mean the value of the table was $17.49? To this seller/person that is the true value because that is how much money he can put in the bank as his.
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  • But what about shipping money $110? The seller cannot count on any of that money being his until he has packed the table and actually shipped it. Then, and only then, can he count any money left over as "his" money and many times the seller underestimate shipping and has to add money to the amount the buyer paid - especially furniture (but this seller most likely had a good price on shipping). Shipping paid by buyer: $110 - cost of shipping paid by seller = $75-$85 (??) so the balance for the seller equals $35 that he may be able to add to his $17.49.
  • Something about eBay shipping; when you click to view a listing the shipping price that shows is to your zip code so we have no way to really know how much this buyer paid for shipping as the $110 shipping figure would have been to Pghgirl40's zip code and not the zip code of the buyer. No matter about that but when shipping furniture, there is always a "basic" price before distance is added so this means that it will still cost a lot of money no matter where it is shipped.
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  • Have I lost you? Probably, but the main point is that value is very, very difficult to figure from eBay listings - even sold listings.
  • Another point; and this happens quite often.. The buyer most likely lives in the same area and picked up the table so no shipping cost was paid.
  • Now, where does that leave the seller? Right back to his $17.49...
  • All of this said, I believe your table should be valued at $125 - $175 but maybe not on eBay.
  • Nice furniture sells really well on Craigslist, IOffer, LetGo, OfferUp, 4Sale or any other local sale sites.
  • Perspective buyers can arrange to look at the table and decide on the spot if they like it. They may wish to haggle but you can reduce the price or stand firm - your choice and no shipping involved (yea!).
  • Most of these sites do not charge fees (always check) and you can start your price high and lower it if no one shows and interest.
  • Sorry this was so lengthy but there is a lot to selling on eBay and many times difficult to make a profit.
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  • Good luck with selling or keeping your nice table.
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