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Old 09-14-2020, 11:13 AM
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Default What to do with a massive supply of older lures/ tackle?

A friend of mine has a parent who recently passed away, and he was heavily involved in writing/ covering fishing. He has left behind a lifetime of fishing tackle, primarily freshwater, but also some saltwater.
Rods
Reels ( spinning / bait / fly )
line
Lures ( some in original packaging )
etc

It's a basement FULL of fishing equipment- I'd like some ideas on the best way to sell this effectively and efficiently without a significant amount of hassle.
Listing on eBay would be an option, but I'd rather not go through that amount of effort.

Thoughts and ideas from the THT brain trust?


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Facebook marketplace if you have FB and there's always Craigslist or post on here
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You could partner with a charity of some sort to collect the gear, catalog and sell online and donate half the proceeds with them? Just a thought.
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Fish them, they worked then, should work now.
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find some kids that are into fishing and give it away.
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I have a friend that buys and sells fishing gear. I can put him in touch with you, he will be able to at least offer advice on how to move the products, or may make an offer for the lot. PM me if you're interested in talking to him.
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Originally Posted by Dhirsh View Post
You could partner with a charity of some sort to collect the gear, catalog and sell online and donate half the proceeds with them? Just a thought.
This is a good idea.

I should post some photos, but we're not talking about a few tackleboxes, this is shelves and shelves of stuff. This isn't something that would easily be given away, just based on the sheer volume of product. Going to FB marketplace, etc would require the same effort as eBay, but you'd have to deal with all the foolishness that goes along with it.
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I'd consider sorting out any of the high value items to sell individually, then take a bunch of pictures and just put a whole-lot only price on the thing that is low but requires the buyer to do all the pickup and to take everything. That, unless you can donate and have the deduction worthwhile, is going to be the best low-hassle way.
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We have a local Flea Market at the Middle school that benefits the youth fishing club. Find a worthwhile cause like that to donate the collection to. Chances are it's not worth as much as the heirs think.
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Originally Posted by Texas 17 View Post
I'd consider sorting out any of the high value items to sell individually, then take a bunch of pictures and just put a whole-lot only price on the thing that is low but requires the buyer to do all the pickup and to take everything. That, unless you can donate and have the deduction worthwhile, is going to be the best low-hassle way.
Also a good idea- any thoughts on what might be high value ( besides reels ) any particular lures, etc that have value?
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It really depends on what you are talking about. Why don’t you post a few pics here so we can get an idea what we are taking about. Old gear comes in a lot of varieties. It could be old junk that’s basically outdated, or high end stuff that is still serviceable. Similarly some vintage marlin lures fetch big money, whereas a bag of old bass worms probably wouldn’t be worth the postage to ship them.
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You'd need someone who knew what they were doing... even rods and reels aren't necessarily high value, but then there are offshore lures which people seem to treat like collectors items, and you can spend $10 or $100 on vertical jigs that don't look all that different to me. Unless you want to pay someone to help you sort, I think you'll

You could take a bunch of pictures, put them on here, and ask for help sorting it out.
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Not great resolution, but there are multiples shelves, and tables just like this. It's a basement full...

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Originally Posted by RiverRat22 View Post
find some kids that are into fishing and give it away.
100%. When Covid started I was cleaning out my garage and gave away bins and bins and bins of tackle, lures, etc. Stuff I collected over many years. Rods and reels. I gave them to some kids and they were so grateful and use the stuff all the time.
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"Sell" and "without...hassle" means a low price for the entire lot and buyer is responsible for pickup. Ebay will be tough but will reach the most buyers by far. Marketplace is second simply because of it being local but man Marketplace is a nightmare with all the stupid "is this still available" responses you get (use a code word that means they had to have actually read the ad and don't respond if they don't put the code word in, like "Falcon Arrow" or something non-nautical.) Or as others have said just list it on here and say "$1,000, come get it all and bring an 18-wheeler because you'll need it."
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I have just the guy for you for this project. I'll show him this tomorrow. What town/city is it all located in?

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