For those who may have interest, here's a little update on my vintage radio odyssey. None of my family or friends care to hear about "steve's radio business". Thus far, I've sold about 20 radios maybe at an average of $100 per, some antennas, and & misc items in the past several weeks. Picking low hanging fruit, I've already got back my initial investment and a handsome return, paypal is pretty excited for the interest free money.
I picked up the last of the items as part of the purchase, I can only estimate that I have a hundred NIB speakers most are aftermarket, maybe 2000 new and used radio knobs, 1500 vacuum tubes, box of vibrators (hey not what you think), and antennas galore.
I ventured into Ebay for the first time, listed a few items. Great vehicle to sell but gosh do they nickel and dime you. I didn't major in quantitative mathematics so I haven't quite figured out their fee schedule. I have an auction ending tonight on a 65 Rambler am/fm and its at $202. The two bidders sent me messages privately asking me to close the auction while they sat as the high bidder. Now I know where the term Flea Bay comes from.
For the old timers, I listed this like new 1975 El Camino AM radio, with the wood grain knobs. Nice right? I know ElCos have been hot and thought it would be an easy sell. At the same time, from the junk pile, I listed this fair condition at best 1975 Datsun B210 Clarion am/fm with a warped bezel. The auction ended last night, the El Camino radio had a couple of followers and zero bids. B210 radio had a bidding war and sold for $75. Guess this JDM thing is real, there is even a B210 forum, and they use words like "dude", "bitchin", "my lame".
I listed about 7 Corvair radios on our local craigslist. It ended up as one of those NM/NA posts on the Corvair forum. My ad just got bashed by the cynics, felt like I was on BAT and I took it personally. Yesterday, an elderly gent came over who is a walking Corvair encyclopedia (ala Conserv Steve) and bought one of them. He looked at my Tii, and seemed to know more about the car than I do, he knew the scientific reason why my paint failed, the whole big bumper DOT thing, and why my engine will last longer at high RPMs with my 4 spd. Anyway, he said their Corvair forum has changed, and all the old timers like him don't participate anymore, because the members have changed. He told me corvair owners are a bit strange, cheap, and frustrated because they put all this work into the cars and they still don't command any money.
Lastly, I joined a forum called Antique Automobile Club of America. Just posted a friendly ad in their classified section, "I have radios"! Lots of old timers, and was able to fill a few orders including a 59 Dodge and 69 Plymouth. Both guys were ecstatic to get them. Sort of a nice group, guys who just want to get really old cars back on the road to restoration.
I feel really good about getting these radios back on the street, it really hasn't been about the money. Although my CPA says be careful, you don't want to create a tax liability using ebay too much. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it.