As collectors and dealers, we are often faced with assigning a value to a given piece. Reference guides help by assigning values based on previous sales and/or items listed for sale. There are many factors that affect value, but in the end, whether it’s a piece of Gonder or tires for your automobile, value is governed by the marketplace. However, reference guides give us a great starting point in determining value.
Many factors affect value of a piece. Condition, glaze treatment, availability (supply), demand and geographic region are the most important factors to consider when putting a price tag on an item. In my experience, geographic region does not play a big part in determining value for Gonder. You may find that prices are slightly higher in large cities or metropolitan areas as well as on the east and west coast. Because there is not yet a large community collecting Gonder, demand is not generally a significant factor. With the exception of rare or scarcely found pieces, there seems to be enough Gonder to go around!
That leaves condition, glaze treatment and availability. All three of these factors need to be considered for each piece you plan to purchase. Let’s look at them all more closely.