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I have a close friend who has passed away quite early and unexpectedly.  He had a light show that we are trying to sell to help support his young wife left behind.  Can anyone tell me where to start?  I need advise on 1) prices, 2) best locations to sell, and 3) what to include.

 

I have lists of how many tubs of which kind and colors of lights; photos of disassembled light trees, snowflakes, stars, etc; multiple controller boxes; tubs of extension cords; drawing of light show plans; and a few youtube videos of the two houses he lived in with the show playing.

Where do I start?  I don't want to get scalped because of my ignorance, because the family needs this so much.  But I don't want to not sell it because I overestimated, either.  The lights and equipment are stored about an hour from Seattle.

 

Anyone who can give me any help, I'd truly appreciate it!

 

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Usually things are sold off piecemeal and not as an entire show.

 

For the lights people will want to know if they are RGB, LED vs. incandescent. Any idea of how many seasons they were used?

 

For the controllers it varies depending on how old the controller is. A picture of the motherboard inside will tell. Also, if it is in a metal case, plastic case or no case. The cheapest I've seen a controller go for is $100, brand new they go for $260.

 

You mentioned snowflakes? I would love to see pictures/video of what he had.

 

There is a Washington group called CLAP that is actually having a gathering tomorrow, if you could make it there that would be an ideal place to sell something.

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Oh nuts, I was traveling that day back from Idaho.  I wouldn't have been able to go even if I had gotten your message in time.  What is CLAP?  (I tried googling it with no luck).  Where is it held?

You didn't mention where I would sell things piecemeal, would it be here on the forums somewhere?  Are there ballpark amounts I can look at somewhere, maybe where someone else is selling off a show in parts?

I can take pics of the motherboards and cases unless the make/model of the controller would be enough info.  I'll ask the wife how many seasons, but I know it will be an estimate because they have been together for 3 years only.

Thanks for your help!

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I just sent you a PM and will be happy to help with selling things, I live in Port Orchard. Give me a call

Charles

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If you are still looking to help sell your friends display please send me your email address and I will send you the July Holiday swap meet flyer held in Port Orchard.

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