How much should I sell everything for?

AJE

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So I'm moving. How much do you think I should sell all my fish stuff for?
I’ve got 2 15 gallons and a 55 all of which are loaded with plants.
The equipment that I'm selling is: 3 heaters, 1 air pump, 1 very cycled sponge filter, 2 submersible pumps, a hob, and a DIY light over my 55
For food I have, I have 7 different mostly full things of food and 30 root tabs
For livestock I have: 3 gbrs, 6 guppies plus over 100 fry, 1 vampire shrimp, 5 platys, 5 neon tetras, 5 kuhli loaches, 10 Pygmy carries, and maybe 150 ish rcs
I’m thinking like $600 too much? Too little?
 

fishnovice33

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Too much. Aquariums are not an investment to try and get your money back in the slightest. Used aquarium equipment is not only a niche market but buying used is a big gamble for buyers. You’d be lucky to get $150 for all of it but you’d do better selling each part separate.

At most you’d get $1 per gallon on your tanks but probably less. You didn’t mention the brands of anything else but your heater, pumps and sponge filters will go for a few dollars. Your HOB will probably go for 1/3 of what you bought it for. Food and root tabs are a few dollars.

All your fish you could sell for $1-2 each but it’d take a while otherwise you’re looking at maybe $50 IF someone wants them all which likely won’t happen. People want to choose their own fish to their liking - not take over someone else’s interest.

Also depends on where you live. I am in a big city and at one time I sold everything I had, which was top of the line equipment, to the only interested buyer in taking all of it. I got about 30% of what I paid for it all and it was slightly used top brand equipment. Most people re home the living creatures because the money isn’t there - better to ensure they have a good home. Or donate them to a store so at least most will find a good home - and if it’s a chain you can find in your new area you might even be able to get a little store credit. Just being realistic.
 
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AJE

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Ok cool. I have a store that buys my shrimp for $1.50 each. What about the plants? How much do you think I could sell all my plants for?
 

A201

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IMO, expect to get approx. 20% - 25% of the total price you initially shelled out.
 
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AJE

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A201 said:
IMO, expect to get approx. 20% - 25% of the total price you initially shelled out.
I'm fine with that. But I have forgotten how much I paid for everything.
 

jake37

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depends on your region. If you are in Guatemala your price structure might be very different than those of us in europe, usa, asia or elsewhere. Assuming your location is accurate i cannot begin to guess the price structure for your region but it might be significantly higher than those prices we see in usa for used equipment.
 
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AJE

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jake37 said:
depends on your region. If you are in Guatemala your price structure might be very different than those of us in europe, usa, asia or elsewhere. Assuming your location is accurate i cannot begin to guess the price structure for your region but it might be significantly higher than those prices we see in usa for used equipment.
I am in Guatemala. I do remember the price of one of the 15 gallon tanks was $30 (and the fish store sold it to me at their cost because I'm close with the owner) and I bought a 100 watt heater for $12.50
 

jake37

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I can't help you. I would say if you don't need the $$ and you know someone who is underprivileged but knowledgeable enough to handle your fishes you could consider giving them a nice christmas present.
 

YellowGuppy

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I work at a school for kids with special needs, and help take care of the work tank. You might also be able to find a school, business, or medical office who might be interested. Around here you could get a tax receipt for an in-kind donation for the value of the donated goods if it's to a registered charity, but that may not be the same where you live.

The problem with value is that it's determined exclusively by how much someone is willing to pay. If your only interested buyer offers you $100, then maybe it's worth that. If you try to sell it all for $600 and someone wants everything at face value, then evidently that's its worth.
 

Pfrozen

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600 would be a good deal where I am in Canada but for reference a 100w heater costs me 40 dollars for a decent brand on sale and you got one for 12.50
 
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AJE

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Pfrozen said:
600 would be a good deal where I am in Canada but for reference a 100w heater costs me 40 dollars for a decent brand on sale and you got one for 12.50
I don't think it's a brand name type though. I just got what ever my lfs had
 

Pfrozen

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AJE said:
I don't think it's a brand name type though. I just got what ever my lfs had
yea but I can't buy ANY heater for 12.50 is what I'm saying. 12.50 gets you half of a hamburger meal in Canada. if 600 is a good deal here then you should probably aim lower
 

jake37

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are both of you converting things into dollars? Do both of your region have the same - oh what do you call it - normalization of currency when converted to dollars ?

Pfrozen said:
yea but I can't buy ANY heater for 12.50 is what I'm saying. 12.50 gets you half of a hamburger meal in Canada. if 600 is a good deal here then you should probably aim lower
 

MacZ

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AJE said:
(and the fish store sold it to me at their cost because I'm close with the owner)
Honestly: Go to him and say "My dude, you know I'll be moving, we both know I can't take all the stuff with me... What would you give me for all of it?" Add 500 quetzales (for the others: about 50€ or 60US$) to his offer, haggle a bit and you might come close to what you would get if you took on the stress of selling everything separately. I think that would be the safest bet to also make sure you get all the fish rehomed safely. If he doesn't take it, he'll at least give you a realistic number to work with.
That's a way of dealing with such situations that works worldwide in my experience.
 

JettsPapa

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AJE said:
Ok cool. I have a store that buys my shrimp for $1.50 each. What about the plants? How much do you think I could sell all my plants for?
See if that store will take the plants also.
 

Pfrozen

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jake37 said:
are both of you converting things into dollars? Do both of your region have the same - oh what do you call it - normalization of currency when converted to dollars ?
Thats a good point. is this conversation in US dollars or a conversion from quetzales to something else?
 
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AJE

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jake37 said:
are both of you converting things into dollars? Do both of your region have the same - oh what do you call it - normalization of currency when converted to dollars ?
It's about Q8 to a US dollar which I converted for yall

Someone is coming by to see what they want

jake37 said:
I can't help you. I would say if you don't need the $$ and you know someone who is underprivileged but knowledgeable enough to handle your fishes you could consider giving them a nice christmas present.
The problem is I don't know anyone (other than the person coming over today) who I would trust with fish or even have any interest in fish
 

AquaBaby

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I'm sorry you aren't able to take anything with you when you move. That's a tough break.

MacZ said:
Honestly: Go to him and say "My dude, you know I'll be moving, we both know I can't take all the stuff with me... What would you give me for all of it?" Add 500 quetzales (for the others: about 50€ or 60US$) to his offer, haggle a bit and you might come close to what you would get if you took on the stress of selling everything separately. I think that would be the safest bet to also make sure you get all the fish rehomed safely. If he doesn't take it, he'll at least give you a realistic number to work with.
That's a way of dealing with such situations that works worldwide in my experience.
After your person comes by, go to the LFS, as MacZ suggested. This is a great idea. Even if you don't sell them anything, you have an idea on value. Keep in mind, they'll probably figure in an amount that they'll need to make a profit, so I'm sure it will be lower than what you anticipate. But, at least you'll know the low end of what you should accept.
 

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