My girlfriend and I have come upon two fur coats that used to belong to her grandmother. Having no use for them (yet retaining a use for money), we’ve decided to sell them. As a preface, neither of us know nothing about fur coats in general. I haven’t even a clue as to what kind of fur it is.
I’ve read the basics on various websites. It seems the two of the three largest buyers of used fur are in New York, and the third is in Chicago. Being in Indianapolis, I’ll probably have to resort to long-distance selling, which really isn’t my concern.
My concern is, I’m naturally skeptical about selling a fur coat whose value is beyond me… Selling something with unknown value to a company that’s going to resale it to make the biggest profit is a bit discerning. At the same time, I’ve also read that appraisals usually value a coat at much more than someone is willing to buy it, making them fairly unreliable as a gauge for selling price.
So what’s the best way to avoid getting screwed? Selling to a store, selling on consignment? eBay? I’m not out to make a ton of money… The coats could be worth a few hundred. They could be worth a few thousand. Either way, I’m just trying to make sure the store won’t completely screw me twice over by underpaying me and then selling it at a huge profit to them. Is anyone here familiar with fur coats enough that some pictures could give any insight to their worth? Anyone have experience with this escapade I’m currently on?