What’s It Worth? Part 2

I  discussed pram valuation in a previous post.  Here are a few completed listings from eBay as example of issues mentioned in that article.  All of these listings are for post-WWII items (with the possible, but unlikely, exception of the Pedigree, which I haven’t specifically tracked down); partly because that’s my focus area, but also because wicker carriages, and pre-WWII baby carriages, are another story.  Those are often bought, sold, and displayed as decorations.

In contrast, post-WWII buggies are generally bought as “nostalgia” items by people who remember them from childhood, or because the intention is to use them as quaint transportation for a modern baby, which means that they appeal to a different market.

These are all of the relevant completed listings.  All were pulled on a single, recent, day.  All prices are in USD (US dollars).

Did sell, Danish Odder pram, for $49, plus $85-100 shipping (but note that the buyer may have made private arrangements to pick-up):

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Did sell, Emmaljunga, modern-style, with carriage body, basket, and seat, $27  (shipping $80, but may have been picked up locally):

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Did sell, Emmaljunga, portabed style,no seat attachment, $85.50, shipping $75:

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Note that these last two models are similar, but that the one without the basket, and without the stroller seat, actually sold for more than three times as much as the one with the additional pieces; this is a perfect example of how much a seller is dependent on finding the right buyer, and an idea of how capricious the market can be.  (In addition, the seller of the more expensive pram noted that it had a rather serious rip along the top edge.)

Did sell, Silver Cross, 1980s, $59.99, shipping $133.47, but may have been picked up locally.  (The carriage bed is on backwards; that usually is no help in selling a pram, as the profile isn’t the one that makes most people go “ahhhhh”):

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Did sell, Marmet modern blue, $125, local pick up:

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Did not sell, Hedstrom stroller, $9.98, local pick up:

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Did not sell, Hedstrom lightweight collapsible, 1950s, $74.99, $49.99 shipping.  These older, cheaper-style models are generally difficult to sell, though they had an important place in lower and middle class US homes (and in US pram history):

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Did not sell, Stroll-O-Chair, $75 local pick-up, the seller says that he/she paid $200 at antique store:

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Did not sell, Silver Cross Kensington, starting bid $124.95, or buy immediately at $149.95, local pick up:

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Did not sell, Pedigree, 1940s, $250, gorgeous, the buyer claimed it was made in France (but that’s wrong; it’s English), local pick up:

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Did not sell, Inglesina,  $400, shipping $40 (color is not a popular one in the US, the busy, and alarming,  background probably didn’t lend the air of “class” that could have helped  this one appeal to a buyer):

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Did not sell, Gendron stroller, pram combination, $50 USD, shipping $100 (in BC, Canada, offered on US eBay, price is USD).  This is another one with the bed put on backwards:

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Did not sell,  $80, local pick-up:

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Did not sell, Perego, 1979, reserve not met at $278.80, shipping $24.08.  A particularly elegant chassis with 14 inch and 18 inch wheels.  This modern wicker version is usually easier-to-sell than most, but not, apparently, at a high reserve.)  The seller says he/she paid $500 for it when new, from Saks (which would have been just about right):

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Did not sell, incorrectly listed as a 1950s model (it’s newer), but vintage, $175 plus $135 shipping:

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Did not sell, vintage Perego, $301, shipping $50, carriage configuration:

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Same listing, stroller configuration (this model comes as a combination):

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This is one of the Perego combinations I refer to above as sometimes selling in the higher price range.  Although this set is beautiful, it didn’t sell.  Go figure (but I’d say the price was too high).  It does appear to be missing the pram apron and the accessory boot for the stroller, but most buyers wouldn’t notice (or, perhaps, care).

Did not sell, 1961 Marmet, $400 local pick up:

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Did not sell at $179, a 1973 Babyhood Wonda-Chair, local pickup  (and a favorite USA nostalgia item).  $700 in 1973:

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This sale included all the available pieces to the full set (ie, many different parts for a large number of configurations), except the optional car seat.  The original booklet was also included.  These sets (Babyhood, Stroll-O-Chair) are amazing, but virtually impossible to give away, much less sell.  Still, it’s always worth trying, although Craigslist is a much better bet when there are so many heavy parts to consider.

Note that eBay sellers are notorious (at least in my mind) for inaccurate listings.  A number of items I surveyed on this particular day were incorrectly described as “baby carriages”, when, in fact, they were “doll carriages”.  Those weren’t included in this selection; doll buggies are a rather different market than full-sized baby carriages or strollers. Stated ages were often wrong; and, despite seller claims, none of these buggies are “leather”.  But that’s a post for another day.

The last paragraph of my previous post bears repeating:

Strollers, whether a $1,000 Orbit, a Stokke or whatever, are not an investment.  They are transportation.  Nor is that vintage pram you  covet an investment.  If you love it, buy it and hope you can sell it if you need to, or want to, but don’t expect it to appreciate in value;  that’s extremely unlikely to happen.

Even your trendy Bugaboo only has value as long as a market exists; if it hasn’t been beaten up too much in use; if there aren’t a huge number of similar used ones available; and if there are people with disposable income who want to buy one.  And even then, you won’t set the price; the market will.  And it won’t be nearly what you paid for it new, almost certainly.

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