I have the entire Woodsmith collection, every issue and even duplicates.
I started the collection a few years ago when I thought I would get into
woodworking, however, due to health/space/time reasons I have focused my
energies into a different hobby.
I will probably be selling off the collection, but am wondering what it is
worth. I know that more and more issues are no longer available from Woodsmith
themselves, so I would expect it to be pretty valuable.
Well, I can't put a monetary value on it, but it's probably worth a lot
less than you think.
Recently, many woodworking magazines, including Woodsmith and Shop
Notes, have been appearing on p2p, bittorrent, irc and flood sites.
So check Ebay. Most of the offers iddn't sell at $5/year!
One 44-magazine load went for $45. A few issues here and there get more
or less. There's the usual shipping and handling gouge to make up the
apparent low prices of some issues.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
Well, you could try to determine which issues are out of print
and price those for sell on E-Bay or elsewhere. Ever so
often our local WoodCraft has a "flea-type" market where
people can bring in items to sell individually. You might
want to check there if you have one nearby.
The final one is that I know in the traveling woodworker
shows there's a company that sells magazines, books, etc.
They might be interested in buying up your entire collection.
But I would first figure out what other's are buying and
spending. I mean the first couple of volumes might be
60% of the total value. The last couple of years might
be worth only $3/5 per issue at best.
If you put them on ebay, I think you'd be better off breaking them into
groups (say a years worth) than the entire collection, but I'm not an
expert. I say that because people like me that already have a decent
collection would devalue the copies in your collection that they
already have. In any event, if you ebay them, post it here. I might bid
I paid $10 for about a 10 year supply, as I recall. It might have
been less, since the box had a few books in it too.
It's tough to say that a thing printed by the many many thousands,
with lots of obsolete stuff in it, gets MORE valuable than face price
in the short term (short term = less than 50-100 years). When it's
printed in the hundreds of thousands or overlaps stuff found in every
other woodoworking publication, I'd wonder in general what the point
was. Each issue stands alone, generally, so it's not like buying back
issues of a TV series that had plots or characters which developed over
time. Magazines repeat themselves.
I would probably pay more for a DVD of the entire history of the
magazine but I don't think these publishers have really left the
mid-20th century yet.
Every since Beanie Babies, the whole country has artifically pumped
itself up to think of many mass production articles as collectible. You
need a lot of dummies to make it true even short term. Try Ebay, that's
the HQ for this type of thing.
Don't forget, if the price is too low on EBay, there is another way to
recoup some of your money (not a lot, but just some.)
If your local Library branch does not have Woodsmith Magazine, you might be
able to donate the set there. You ask for a signed donation slip, take at
least 75% of retail value on the donation value. Many people will be able
to take the Tax deduction. Remember, a tax deduction is just a reduction in
your taxable income, so if you effective tax rate is say 15%, you will only
actually recoup 15% of that 75%.
Donation to a Library has other benefits besides just the money.
I'd give you $20 for them. But there might be someone who'd pay a
whole lot more. I let my subscription lapse because they started
repeating themselves in less than two years, and I can't imagine that
isn't compounded in the complete collection. I'd pay $20 each for the
Woodsmith books, though- they've been pretty handy on a couple of
Might be worth more if they're all in the binders they sell.
Last Saturday one of the members brought in a box of them. Probably 70 issues
or so for all the
rest of us to pick through and take home. Price? Free. I think most of us
never get rid of our
magazines, just trade them back and forth at the monthly meetings.
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