What’s the used saddle market like currently? I’ve had a he** of a time selling my very nice used (sometimes even new in original packaging) gear and I’m now circling around to selling my saddles. I’m wondering if I should just donate the saddles and cut my losses.
The one saddle is a very nice older dressage saddle priced right where it should be and dirt cheap but no one’s seriously biting. I got one “offer” that would mean after shipping I’d walk away with maybe $75. That just feels like an insult. The other saddle is basically new and I’m selling it for half its actual worth just to move it fast (it’s not THE trendy brand but it’s still popular) and getting nowhere. I almost wonder if I’ve made people too worried by pricing too low - to good to be true.
The thing I felt like I was seeing with the rest of my gear is that the horse world no longer has much of a middle of the road group finances-wise - folks who maybe don’t want to buy that fancy half pad new for $200, but will take it in like new condition for $100. I got a lot of “would you take $30?” No. No, I would not. It took what felt like ages but I did at least sell the majority of the like-new, fancy-brand stuff for prices I could live with (and dirt cheap at that - folks got serious deals). I donated everything I had left to the local rescue but I’ve still got these darn saddles taking up the corner of my living room.