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Value of a Scotts Silent Reel Mower?

I have a vintage Scotts Silent reel mower with mulch bag. What's its value?

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July 13, 20180 found this helpful

Determining value is a challenge as I would need to know the exact model and condition and then how I value is go to eBay and look at SOLD auctions and see what they are getting. If there is more than one, I average together the prices (use sold price + shipping cost).

If none are UNSOLD, and there are just current auctions, I set up a watch on eBay and watch it to see if/when it sells and for how much.

I do this because value is only what someone will actually pay for an item. People can ask the world, but if someone won't pay for the item it is "valueless".

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There was 1 vintage Scott's mower UNSOLD on eBay, someone was asking $123. All that tells me as at the moment, no one wanted to pay that much for that particular model in that particular condition on that particular auction period. Tomorrow that could change :)

It is important when doing doing the match to eBay to use the EXACT MAKE/MODEL AND CONDITION to judge the value. There are often similar items where one is VERY valuable (more rare or desirable) and one not so much. Obviously a pristine still in the box version would fetch more than one that had been run hard and hung out to dry also...so condition does matter.

By doing apples to apples, you can be comfortable in the value of your EXACT piece.

Hope this gets you started in valuing the item.

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July 13, 20180 found this helpful

This person is asking $50.

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July 13, 20180 found this helpful

There is a similar mower listed on eBay for $50 but so far, is still unsold.
www.ebay.com/.../332703591061?hash=item4d76adea95...

  • It is not always easy to sell a vintage mower (in what kind of condition?) when a new model costs less money so that is one problem with selling vintage mowers.
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  • The other problem is shipping cost.
  • And, to a seller, it can be a nightmare to pack a used mower for shipping because it cannot have a drop of gasoline in or on the outside as the smell will seep right through most packing. USPS is very strict about this but I'm not familiar with how UPS handles this.
  • That is why you will find almost all listings will have "pick up only" which means the buyer lives in their area and will pick up the mower.
  • This is essentially like a local Craigslist listing only eBay/PayPal charge fees and Craigslist does not (usually).
  • Take a look at the reel mowers that have sold on eBay over the past several months (includes some similar ones) so you can get an idea as to what people are paying but also note where the mower is located - city/state of seller.
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  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=vintage+Scotts...
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