WHAT'S MY RADIO OR TV WORTH ?  (REVISED MAY 2012)
 

Please note Radiocraft does not buy or sell radios. We restore them.

However further down this page there's a table of roughly what someone in the UK might pay for your set when buying privately. These prices assume your set is complete with all its correct parts and is in good condition. If the cabinet is bakelite, it should be unchipped and with no cracks.

A reputable dealer, who does buy and sell, can be found HERE. Please mention 'Radiocraft' when contacting him.

Points to note:

  • If you don't want to sell to a dealer, there's a portal straight into the relevant Ebay section from our sale page.

  • There are two tables for values below: one for Radios and one for Televisions.

  • Dealers will not offer anything like these prices, since they have business overheads, storage, cash-flow, and often their own living to finance. But in return they can offer real expertise, the ability to take whole collections, and the convenience of a quick sale. For a hassle-free, businesslike transaction, use a dealer.

  • The prices realised at auction (or on Ebay) will generally be much less unless the item is very rare and sought-after.

  • Remember selling a radio privately can be a slow business and may sometimes take months, depending on the method used and the likely market for your set.

  • Radiocraft-restored receivers will cost substantially more since they include the added value of several days to several weeks in the workshop.

  • The tables below are purely advisory. The price you buy or sell at is strictly your decision. This information is being provided on the understanding that we cannot be held liable for any perceived losses (or gains!) resulting from a sale.

  • The term 'brown box' here means a wooden cased radio of average appearance.

  • Although most radiograms literally hold no more market value than matchwood, a very few high quality radiograms from the early '50s-and-before may be the exception; that is if they possess separate power amplifiers with rare output triodes. Unfortunately this phenomenon rests entirely on these sets' appeal to 'audiophools', who vandalise them purely to get their hands on the amplifiers.

  • Please bear in mind these tables cover British-made sets only. If you seek to value a set made elsewhere, you'll need to look elsewhere on the internet.

 
VALUE RANGE
in UK POUNDS
Convert to other currencies HERE
 
RADIOS
Mainly British-made sets are listed here.

More than 1,500

 

Ultra-rare died-in-colour Round Ekcos. Sparton Bluebird & Nocturne, McMurdo Silver, Air King tombstones. High class 1940s radio-gramophones with PX4 or PP3/250 output valves.
700 - 1,500
  Perfect Round Ekco model AD65s. Gecophone 'Smokers Cabinet'. Colonial Globe.
400 - 700
  All other Round Ekco models (when in good condition). Emor Globe.
200 - 400
  Perfect Ferranti pre-war 'jelly mould' sets. Pye M78F. Philips superinductance 'Ovaltiney' and variants. Philco 'Peoples Set'. Ekco AC97.
150 - 300
  Pye 'Rising Sun' sets. Ekco M23 and variants. Ferranti Arcadia and 145. Many crystal sets. Exceptional pre-war 'brown boxes'. H.M.V 800. Defiant MSH 938. Bakelite radios when particularly sought-after.
75 - 150
  Perfect Bush DAC90As. Attractive or luxury pre-war 'brown box' radios. Most interesting bakelite radios. PX4 and other rare valves.
30 - 75
  Average Bush DAC90As. Average pre-war, or excellent condition post-war 'brown box' table radios.
10 - 30
  Most 1950s 'brown box' table radios, valve portable radios, '60s transistor radios and Bush TR82. Mainstream 1930s radiograms.
0 - 10
  Most 1960s 'brown box' table radios and other miscellaneous items. Almost all radiograms and stereograms, even top models in excellent condition. (Normally completely unsaleable unless vendor can deliver). For more on radiograms, CLICK HERE.
 
VALUE RANGE
in UK POUNDS
Convert to other currencies HERE
 
TELEVISIONS
Mainly British-made sets are listed here.
15,000 - 30,000
  Unique pre-war top-of-the-range televisions, when in good condition and only one example survives. Original, complete, Baird 30-line televisors.
10,000 - 15,000
  Certain pre-war 'table' models and other sets which are particularly luxurious or extremely rare or in very good condition. Retrovisor Imperial.
3,000 - 10,000
  Most pre-war console and mirror-lid televisions in good condition. Most other 1950s American early NTSC color sets. Decca Decola.
700 - 1,500+
  Retrovisors in mint condition. A very few 1946-48 televisions, but only when opulent, highly sought-after and in pristine original condition.
200 - 700
  Certain 1946-9 televisions but only when complete and in good condition. Baird Townsman, Countryman and Garrick, Pye B16T, Beau Decca. Keracolour.
100 - 200
  Many 1949-1953 sets when of design interest and in good condition. Certain spherical TVs. Bush TV22. Retrovisors in rough, incomplete or non-working condition.
50 - 100
  Most early-50s televisions. Projection-type sets. Sought-after late '60s colour televisions. Recent widescreen CRT sets.
10 - 50
  Most late-50s televisions. Transistorised miniature televisions. Original 1950s cathode ray tubes in good condition.
0 - 10
  1960s 'slimline' monochrome televisions and most old colour televisions from the '70s and '80s.

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