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Help Wanted- Carry-Lite Decoy Value

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  1. Vandy Grift

    Vandy Grift Refuge Member

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    Hello,

    On a Wisconsin waterfowl group page on Facebook somebody posted that they were looking for some older water keel style Carry-Lite decoys. Turns out I have a couple dozen of what he is looking for. I have one dozen Green Wing and one dozen Mallard Carry-Lite decoys new in the box. I sent him pics and he wants them but I literally have no idea the value on these things. I'm not looking to make a big score, I know they aren't rare or anything, but I don't know if they are worth $2 bucks a piece, or $10 bucks each, or somewhere in between.

    Does anyone have an idea of a fair price for these decoys? Thank you!




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  2. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

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    You aren't using them. What 'I' think is fair might not be to someone else. You can check E-Bay, but sellers there are usually out of their minds.

    So, that said, $3 is probably on the high side. (I wouldn't pay it) $2 is probably fair.

    He 'wants' them, so he might go on the high side.
     
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  3. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I think Native about nailed it. They aren't worth much in todays decoy market unless someone specifically wants them as in your case. (I wouldn't buy them) I would tell the guy to make an offer and negotiate from there. If you get $70 for all of them I would consider yourself lucky. You can get a dozen GHG essential series mallard decoys for $50 per dozen and they are 10x the decoy carrylites ever were.
     
  4. Phytoplankton

    Phytoplankton Elite Refuge Member

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    I'm in agreement, about $25/dz.
     
  5. feetdownshooter

    feetdownshooter Senior Refuge Member

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    25 dollars a dozen sounds about right. They may not be the best decoy on the market by a long way but I hate to think about the amount of ducks that were shot over those decoys in their day.

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  6. Il. MudDuk

    Il. MudDuk Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Carry-Lite...my favorite decoy as a kid (1980's).
    They looked good (compared to others, or so I thought) while they held their paint and were something I could afford.

    Seeing as they are still in the original box AND shrink wrap, I'd ask $30 per doz but would take no less than $25.
    There is a market for them apparently (the guy who wants them that you mentioned).
     
  7. Vandy Grift

    Vandy Grift Refuge Member

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    Thanks Gents! I told him $50 a dozen. The cheapest of the cheap no-name decoys that they sell individually at Fleet Farm are 5-6 bucks a piece. We'll see if he makes a counter offer.
     
  8. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member

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    As soon as he unwraps them the paint will start falling off.
     
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  9. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    With their poorest durability paint scheme, Greenhead gear could not approach Carrylite's lack of paint adhesion/durability!
     
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  10. cholt

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    50.00 is what you can probably get
     

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