Pricing used kayaks

First, let me say that I am not selling my QCC 700 here. This is not the proper forum for that. But I have been trying to come up with a objective value for the boat for when I do decide to sell.

How does one come to a fair selling/buying price with used kayaks. I see no used QCC 700’s for sale that are two years old so have no idea what the going pricing is.

Start around 50-70% of…
… either what you paid or what they are new +/- for condition, added gear, etc.

Only 2 years old, and I’m assuming not used much and in good shape, you could lean toward the higher end for asking price - but may not get that of course. Selling used often has more to do with timing/location than price - but go too high and a new one custom ordered starts looking good.

If I hear of anyone looking I’ll send them your way.

Thanks, Greyak
I just don’t take it out anymore. No desire to paddle anything but the Tern. The QCC is just taking up garage space now.

I have bought and sold several composite boats and watch the for sale board here and on other sites.

Most used glass boats sell for $1200-1700…somewhat independent of condition.

I have sold a few on ebay as well and the ended up selling for the lower end of this spectrum.

I think that most start out asking around 1700 and end up getting 1200-1500, even if they are in mint condition.


rule of 2/3
I have no expertise with the specifics of the model you’re trying to sell. But, I’ve bought and sold a LOT of merchandise on the used market. No matter whether it’s firearms, boats, optics, tools, etc., there’s a sort of unwritten rule that used, durable goods generally fetch somewhere between 50%-70% of current street price. (This was suggested earlier in the thread.) Generally, that street price is NOT MSRP, but boats may well be the exception to that, depending upon availability and available discounts of a specific model.

Generally, I’ll pay around 66% of replacement new cost for an item I want on the used market. An exceptional item might go for more like 70% of new replacement cost, whereas one in less than great condition might go for more like 50% of replacement cost. This assumes, that I actually really want the model to begin with. If it’s something that I wasn’t really considering on a short buy new list, it might realistically have to get down into the 30-40% range before I’d consider it a good buy, considering that it might not be all that close to what I was originally looking for, but might do. Generally, it’s rare for stuff to fall down into that category, since there’s usually people looking for what you’ve got, if you’re willing to put it out there for sale long enough. In selling things, that’s the key. You’ve got to be willing to either put it out there for sale for long enough to get your fair price, OR willing to slash the price for a quick impulse buy. Pick one.

The bottom line is that if you average out most sales of most durable goods on the used market, you may well find a pretty consistant average of around 50-70%, with 66% being aproximately a good average to shoot for on good condition merchandise for which there is a ready market. Interestingly, from what I’ve seen, pricing items only as high as 75%, can greatly increase the amount of time to sell, and decrease the amount of hits. These days, people are pretty saavy about what things cost, and about available warrantees or discounts, etc.