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Offline War Horse

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1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:11:23 PM »
Hi all. A friend of mine contacted me and said he knows a guy sellling a 1950s wooden phone booth that's in pretty good shape and even has the rotary pay phone still in it. He sent me some pics and it seems legit and in pretty good shape. What should I offer him for it?

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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 05:46:43 PM »
I would ask the seller how much he wants for it. You might be pleasantly surprised or at least get a starting point for an offer....Doug
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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2017, 06:06:01 PM »
Like switchboards, shipping is always an obstacle to selling booths but if you are able to pick it up easily and have room for it, these should be worth a fair bit. I don't know much about them but would venture a guess (just to get more discussion about the value) that with the AE 3 slot $500 would be a great price and $1000 reasonable.

I agree, see if you can get a "I was hoping for" price from the owner in case it is $250.

What do the others think?

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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2017, 06:57:07 PM »
If it's local, I would say $400.00. The phone booth itself is going for $750 to $1000, and the phone is worth $200.00.

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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2017, 07:13:47 PM »
If it's local, I would say $400.00. The phone booth itself is going for $750 to $1000, and the phone is worth $200.00.

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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2017, 07:50:54 PM »
Bell booth with AE paystation?.The paystation has one of Phonecos cards on it so who knows what is inside

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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2017, 08:03:13 PM »
My buy value is $350 on booth, $50.00 on phone.
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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2017, 09:29:49 PM »
My buy value is $350 on booth, $50.00 on phone.
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Is that the "make the offer to the wife" price? ;D
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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2017, 06:05:35 AM »
War Horse

Telephone booths are a great piece of telephone history. They are the prefect telephone collectorís piece. That is if you have the extra amount space to keep it. If not, it becomes a real pain in the butt. I have two, a wooden outdoor and a metal outdoor booth. The metal has become my pain. I bought it cheap and had to drive a few hours each way to get. It came with a Bell sign and a Centurion phone which were bonuses. I saved it from going to scrapyard. I thought what a great piece to have for the grandkids. They lost interest after a while. Itís not a video game. It now sits behind the house on a skid waiting for a new owner and being used for storage keeping things out of the weather. My wooden one is in the garage and I work on it from time to time. Mostly, in the warmer weather. It needs a full restoration. I bought it to save it as well, from the burn pile. I really enjoy having that one, itís a keeper. Donít go overboard on the price. These are hard sellers, big and bulky. As nice as they are, you need the space to keep them. If you really must have it, go as low as you can. If itís not the price you are willing to live with walk away. Believe it or not these booths are a commitment. To own one is saving history, they are disappearing at a fast pace. But they can become a pain also. Think long and hard before you dive in. Just my 2 cents.
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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2017, 07:41:14 AM »
Is that the "make the offer to the wife" price? ;D
No, Offer to haul it away for free when you talk to the wife.
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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2017, 10:51:22 AM »
Thanks for the awesome advise guys.  I took the approach a couple of you mentioned.  He's less than an hour away, so I told him I'd be able to pick it up in my truck and I'll have cash in hand.  I just asked what price was he looking for.  Based on the comments here, I'd be comfortable with getting around the $1,000 range.

Autonut, I totally get what you're saying.  I've always wanted a wooden phone booth, but yea, space is an issue.  Same deal with the kids too, they'd love it for a little bit, but even if I wired it up to make calls, it'd get old and they'd never touch it again.  I'd really just be getting it for me to be honest.  While the girlfriend loves old antiques and enjoys my obsession with telephone stuff and my old car, I've got a feeling the phone booth might push it. There's a couple of spaces in the house, but I don't think she would buy off on it. So, like yours, it would end up in the garage with the car.  While that's not a bad thing, and I'll love having it, it's not exactly a center piece to the house.   

Anyway, we'll see what the seller comes back with.

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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2017, 02:10:39 PM »
Well if you do purchase it, I would be interested in that beige subset cover. I would buy it or trade it for a black one. I have a beige pay phone that could use one. :)
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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2017, 10:35:33 AM »
I pay 250 for a booth of this era which is the last booth made,there are a lot of them in the world they are not rare. A/E pay phone is 65.00 remember the booth is taller when you tip it on edge so make sure you add the height when you measure the ceiling. Also duct tap the door open when you move it so you don't smash your fingers in the door. Booth is lighter with the sides removed.

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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2017, 06:29:11 PM »
Well, looks like I won't have to worry about where to put it. The guy wants $2,000 for it!  Oh hell no. My girlfriend is cool about a lot of things, but she would straight up kill me spending that much. 😳

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Re: 1950s Wooden Booth and Rotary Payphone
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2017, 09:47:42 PM »
Try again in a few months. The price will go down.
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