whatsitworthtoyou.com online appraisers are all active and up-to-date with the current global market trends, values and conditions.
All values will be given in United States Dollars (USD) with appropriate links to enable currency conversion.
Our online appraisers take the following factors into account when determining the value of your item.
Condition/Grade: The condition/grade of your item (s) is one of the most important factors in determining the value. The higher the grade (better the condition) generally, the more desirable your item and consequently the more your item will be worth.
Rarity: The rarity of an item is normally determined by its visibility (or lack thereof) in the marketplace. Due to the nature of certain items, records are kept reflecting the number produced and/or remaining. An example of this would be a coin or a print which has a defined, and traceable production quantity as well as a definite number left in circulation. Auctions - both online and conventional- are often good measuring sticks as to the rarity of an item and the pricing. Rarity may supercede condition/grade in importance when it comes to determining value. A collector would often rather own a rare item in any condition/ grade than not have it at all.
Aesthetics: The natural or artistic beauty of an item will often add value.
Global Trends and Economics: Certain global factors and trends affect the collectability and therefore the value of an item. Monitoring of global trends and conditions is essential for informed valuation. The state of economic marketplaces is often involved when determining value.
Age: The period or era in which an item was made/manufactured/created is also a factor taken into account when determining value. The age of an item, in and of itself, does not necessarily make an item rare or desirable, however, coupled with other factors is an important piece of the whole puzzle.
Provenance: Many items have a traceable lineage and are well documented through past auctions and/or private sales. Within this category, the history and attribution of an item is also taken into account.
Material: Often the material from which the item is constructed or made, will aid in determining the value.
Catalogues/Periodicals: Many items are listed in periodicals or catalogues. Most catalogues are meant for reference purposes and either do not give values or do not have values accurately reflecting market conditions. Catalogues are referenced and used to classify and categorize items.
Other Factors: Depending on your item, other factors may or may not need to be taken into account.
An online appraisal is an experts' opinion as to the value of an item based on information submitted by the customer. For obvious reasons, we cannot guarantee authenticity or genuineness of items but may be able to offer an opinion based on the description and images (if any). For more than an online opinion and to verify genuineness or authenticity, see Physical Appraisal after the completion of an online appraisal.
A note about online appraisals from David Maloney, ISA, CAPP, President of the Association of Online Appraisers.