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Your thoughts on thermometers! #173143
Tue Feb 02 2010 07:36 PM
Tue Feb 02 2010 07:36 PM
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Devils Lake, ND---USA
K W FRITH Online content OP
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Got a call from an elderly gentleman that wanted to sell his thermometer collection, so I went and looked today! I know very little about the value of these things, so I thought I'd better post it here and see if any of you can give me some advice on this. There are approximately 150 thermometers total and all are in working condition. There are 3 very old wooden ones, about 3 or 4 porcelain ones and the rest are painted steel. Most are advertising a store or business and very few have to do with gas & oil.
The man wants $2000 for the collection and that equates to $13.33 per thermometer. He stated that the price was considerably below what he had paid over the years and I can surely believe that!! My question is whether or not there is a good enough market out there for thermometers, that it would make it worth my time to try and resell all of these and retain my sanity?? LOL Thoughts anyone???








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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: K W FRITH] #173146
Tue Feb 02 2010 07:48 PM
Tue Feb 02 2010 07:48 PM
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Albuquerque, N. M.
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Looks like a few good one in there. I don't about your sanity to try and resell. Looks like a lot of work to me.

Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: HI-OCTANE] #173147
Tue Feb 02 2010 07:54 PM
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There are repro and fantasy ones there. Also the local generic looking ones are hard to flip sometimes. You might get your investment back but it will be a lot of work.


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: HI-OCTANE] #173148
Tue Feb 02 2010 08:03 PM
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IMO all those small ones are not worth much I see some repos. couple decent ones but sure looks like would not be worth it to me I would not even pay a grand for all those but thats my opinion.


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: Blackout] #173156
Tue Feb 02 2010 08:31 PM
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I think Metro is right. There's a few good ones in the collection, but there are tooooooo many of the small generic type to fool with. Just my opinion. To make money for your time there would have to be a lot more of the porcelain and large good branded tin type...Dale


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: Dale Stephens] #173158
Tue Feb 02 2010 08:36 PM
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Albuquerque, N. M.
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I only see two or three that are desirable.

Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: Dale Stephens] #173159
Tue Feb 02 2010 08:40 PM
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russ is right
could count on one hand the better ones
500or so at best

Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: Dale Stephens] #173161
Tue Feb 02 2010 08:44 PM
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You have to get that EX-LAX one!
John


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: gotgas?] #173163
Tue Feb 02 2010 08:50 PM
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Kevin I have to agree with everyone here so far. The few ones that are decent are not worth the total you will have invested in it.


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: gasoildude] #173175
Tue Feb 02 2010 09:20 PM
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hey kevin---i collect thermometers besides everything else i`m into..their is a few from what i could see that look decent and could probably keep or make some money but i agree with everyone else on the price is too high for too many common ones,,it would take you awhile to see them and return your investment..if you bought them for $500.00 ,i think you could make some money,,i see about 15 especially the beverage ones that would sell but i really can`t see the condition of them.. have to think about all the time listing,and shipping??? do you have a lot of spare time?..i don`t think so!!! lol... GOOD LUCK~~~!!!! ALAN



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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: VEEDOL_AL1] #173178
Tue Feb 02 2010 10:10 PM
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I don't know s... about thermometers, but even I would not put out that kind of money for what he has. You sound like you are considering selling some of them, or investing in them. I can give you many things that will bring in much more money than you will ever see out of these.

Too many small items, that are really not worth anything, not enough big dollars items to return your investment.

For years I would seek gas pump literature, and at most swap meets the literature was usually in in a box underneath the table. I would always look through the box, looking for one item that I could sell that would pay for the whole box. This way, one sale would make me even, and anything else I could sell would be profit. If you are trying to invest in something that you expect to sell, to buy say that next globe, you are looking at too many things to sell even before you break even.

Jack Sim


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: Jack Sim] #173193
Wed Feb 03 2010 05:55 AM
Wed Feb 03 2010 05:55 AM
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PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
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I AGREE WITH EVERYBODY ABOUT PRICE....JUST BUY THE EXLAX ONE!


I PICKED UP A LOCAL GENERIC THERMOMETER THE OTHER DAY....$1! (BUT BROKEN TUBE). I WANTED IT MOSTLY FOR THE LOCAL AD & COMPANY ON IT.


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: THE AMERICAN GARAGE] #173199
Wed Feb 03 2010 06:30 AM
Wed Feb 03 2010 06:30 AM
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If I owned this collection and was selling it off at the swap meets this year, these are the prices I would expect to get from the the better pieces

Ducks unlimited 35
John Deere 50
Dr pepper 125
elephant fert 50
round pepsi 60
nesbits 50
white rc 45
blue rc 40
rainbow 60
pepsi 20
fatman 25
7up 50
prestone 70
bubble up 60
bubble up 50
kist 75
mission 50
biltrite 75
ex lax 180
rc cola 150
tums 40
grant batteries 30
red seal batteries 160
stihl 45
rc 40

this is just an opinion.... Tried to base on condition shown, and I would have a some extra on top of the prices to give buyers some bargaining room. I could probally move this lust in a year at the swap meets here in the north east. Nothing in the collection earth shattering or scarce. Well worth $500, I would stay away if he is firm on $2000...... Good luck


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: THERMOMAN] #173203
Wed Feb 03 2010 06:53 AM
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PECONIC BAY, L.I., NY, USA
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ARE BOTH THOSE IHC FARMALL TRACTOR ONES REPRO'S?


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Re: Your thoughts on thermometers! [Re: THERMOMAN] #173204
Wed Feb 03 2010 06:53 AM
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You will some of the little ones to your grave if you try to sell them individually!!!! LoL. People do buy them though, the evidence is in the picture!!!


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