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When you have a need for an accurate market value of a book, a free book appraisal is usually not in your best interest. An accredited book appraiser should adhere to a professional code of ethics. The most important role an accredited appraiser plays is as an independent, disinterested provider of value. When you compensate an appraiser for his time he can maintain impartiality. On the other hand, when you receive a free book appraisal from a book dealer who has an interest in buying and reselling the book, chances are you will not receive an impartial value. The book dealer has a motive to appraise your book low in order to purchase low and sale higher. The difference in the buy and resale is the revenue that allows him to provide a free book appraisal while continuing to operate his for-profit-business. The resale amount he realized is much closer to the actual appraisal value.
By paying for a book appraisal and more importantly, by paying an accredited book appraiser, you protect yourself from being deceived. In actuality, any person can claim to be a book appraiser and perform appraisals. Only an appraiser bound by the professional code of appraisal standards is required to provide their service in an ethical manner. A book dealer may be accredited by an appraisal society or organization. However, when receiving a free book appraisal it is important to understand why the dealer/appraiser is offering his time and expertise at no cost. If it is out of kindness and he shows no interest in purchasing your book then you are fortunate. However, if the dealer/appraiser offering the free book appraisal also offers to buy the book at his “appraised” value – beware. An accredited book appraiser who also deals must disclose his interest in your book before beginning the appraisal.
If you want a free book appraisal we suggest the next best thing, an inexpensive online book appraisal by an accredited book appraisal expert at KruegerBooks.com. The minimal fee will assure the receipt of an independent, disinterested valuation based on the market comparison approach to value. The modest fee could save you hundreds of dollars in lost revenue from an uninformed sale to a dealer acting as an independent appraiser.
IMPORTANT NOTE: KruegerBooks does not purchase or attempt to purchase any books that we appraise. You should only hire an appraiser bound by the professional code of appraisal standard
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