As a collector of crayons, eBay has become my main source for not only buying crayons, but just to see what is out there. I have been using the listings of others to update some of the information available on Crayoncollecting.com. This is especially true of non Crayola brands. I would like to give my opinion on what I see out there in the crayon market.
- Not all old crayons are valuable. There are always a few sellers that think that if the crayons are old, they must be valuable. One example is a seller with a well used box of 72 Crayola crayons from the early 60’s. He was asking $75 for them. Some of the crayons weren’t even original to the box. I have 2 similar with unused crayons and paid less than $20 for each. Another is a 1999 box of RoseArt Pokemon crayons, most of the crayons were used. The seller started at $129 and has been dropping the price with each relisting. Last time I saw them listed it was at $39. I just picked up the same box, unopened and unused, for $25. I thought that was a bit much but it included free shipping.
- Not all old crayons are rare. Ed Welter touched on this subject in his blog but the news must not have gotten out. I still see 10 year old boxes of crayons listed at rare or even worse, as vintage. In the case with Crayola products, they make millions of each product and there are lots of them out there. Just because they are not listed on eBay does not make them rare. The same goes for certain colors. The flesh crayon is the best example of this. There are still a lot of them out there in unused condition. I have a box of over 500 of them in storage right now. Don’t ask why I bought them. I also have large quantities of Indian red and Mac & Cheese crayons. They might be worth something one day. Probably not.
- Crayons scalpers. A new product hits the store shelves, they buy a bunch and try to profit on it. I tried this once, failed miserably. I won’t buy from them and I have notice not many people are.