Saddles are expensive pieces of equipment and you want to get as much of your investment back as possible when you sell your used saddle. The key to successfully selling a used saddle is doing your research and determining its true value before you put it up for sale.
Determining Saddle Value
Before you price your saddle, find the saddles that are most similar to yours in terms of age and condition. Price your saddle in the same general price range if you want it to sell.
Pricing your saddle below the average price for similar saddles may bring a faster sale. Pricing your saddle over the average price can result in it being slow to sell or not selling at all.
Brand Names Matter
Used saddles aren't that drastically different from any other used item. Just as a used Ferrari sells for more than a used Kia, a used Billy Cook saddle will sell for more than a generic saddle with no brand. Research the maker and model of your saddle online before you choose a price. Make note of what similar saddles to yours are selling for.
A saddle that is in excellent condition will be worth more than one in fair condition. Pay attention to any flaws your saddle has. Normal wear and tear is to be expected, but it still drives down your price. Missing stitching, loose or missing conchos, discolored or cracked leather and other damage will further reduce the value of your saddle. The extent of the damage will be important in assessing the value of it. Expect to take money off for every flaw you find.
Saddles are sometimes sold with extensive damage that makes them unusable. Mark the item as being for sale for parts only or as an unusable item in need of repair. Document the damage and make sure prospective buyers can see the damage clearly. Do not expect to get near retail value for a used saddle in this type of condition.
Saddles have a long shelf life, so the overall age of a good saddle in working condition should not significantly impact the price. Older saddles from well-known brands can have a high resale value.