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What is a brand new Revere Ware tea kettle really worth?

While I see exorbitant prices on new old stock items on eBay all the time, it is hard to tell whether or not people are actually willing to pay a really high amount for the privilege of experiencing new Revere Ware, especially because many of the items are from the 80’s and 90’s, when the quality of items was sub-standard, not exactly the glory days of Revere Ware.

So it is interesting to see an auction for a new in box tea kettle; an auction tells us what someone is actually willing to pay.

A clue to the age of the kettle can be found on the bottom of the box.

I take that as 1975.  While Revere Ware might have started making the tea kettles with a thinner copper layer on the bottom after 1968, like they did with their copper bottom cookware, I’ve never found much difference in the pre and post-1968 era kettles, so 1975 is as good as any year in my mind.

Given the rarity of new Revere Ware kettles these days, $114.5 seems like a reasonable price to me.  But that’s about 10 times what is originally sold for. 🙂

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Revere copper cleaner on eBay

We get a fair amount of inquiries for the Revere copper cleaner.  As far as we know it has been out of production for some time now, and isn’t available.

If you really really love it more than any other copper cleaner, there is one package available on eBay right now.

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Best of Revere Ware Parts blog – More and More Revere Ware on eBay

It’s instructive to look back on October of 2012, not quite 10 years ago when I posted that more and more Revere Ware was appearing on eBay.

As you can see, at that time, I was talking about around 1,500 listing.  Wow, that 10 years has done.  Here is the entire graph from 2009 to the end of 2021.

As of today, there are over 15,000 listings today, 10 times more.  In fact, eBay doesn’t even tell us exactly how many there are anymore:

There are 4,200 listings for just sauce pans!

1,500, how quaint! 🙂

 

 

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Nice set of aqua sauce pan | skillet handles

At the prices they are typically listed for, I’m not one to go in for the fairly rare (and sometimes just painted) colored Revere Ware Bakelite handles and knobs that appear on eBay several times a year.  But I like the color of this latest set, and the price is pretty reasonable given the rarity.

 

My best guess on the size would be equivalent to our medium or large handles.

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Funny eBay drop shipper listings

If you aren’t familiar with the practice of eBay drop ship listings, sellers take items they can buy off Amazon.com, and list them on eBay for more.  When an order is placed, they simply place an order with Amazon.com with the eBay buyers address as the shipping address.  All this is done behind with automated software, making it very easy for these sellers to list tons of items and handle sales with a minimum of effort.

But of course, they just make money from unsuspecting buyers that don’t know to look directly on Amazon.com for a cheaper price.  Returns can be difficult, and you will get no support from the seller typically.  We recommend you stay away from cheesy looking listings like these on eBay.  But sometimes they can be rather funny in how inept the listings look.

We also do sell some of our more popular parts directly on eBay.

Much of the time when people list products from our Amazon.com listing on eBay, they just copy everything over.  But sometimes, seemingly to attempt to make them more attractive, they embellish them.  I found two such embellished listings that makes it clear the people doing this are just doing it en-masse and don’t really check the content for accuracy or to see if it makes sense.

Okay, great, top seller and fast shipping.  Does anyone really believe claims like that anymore?  It’s like adding L$$K or RARE! to an eBay listing title.  Personally, I avoid all listings like that.  And what exactly do this icons mean in the context of a product like this?

But now look what they’ve done to the content?

I got a chuckle out of that.  I’m guessing that no-one is really buying from listings like that.

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