The Market Value of Military Gear
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The Market Value of Military Gear

Some tips about military gear sales.

Market value is a slippery term by definition, because its dictionary meaning is what an item is said to be worth. But in actuality, the seller can claim an item is worth whatever they want, and a buyer can have a certain price in mind that they will not exceed. There are some trends to military gear sales, and certain items do hold a certain value. It all depends upon where you buy or sell an item from or to, the item’s condition, the item’s notoriety, and the underlying strength of the economy.

In a strong economy, money is less valuable. When you have a lot of extra money, you are more inclined to spend it. Thus, sales are much easier to pull off at higher prices when times are good. Logically, the opposite is true when times are bad. This article is written based upon the weak economic conditions from 2008 to 2011.

Military gear is initially expensive. The Army pays a much higher price for an item than the public will. The reason this is the case is because most military items are liquidated to the public at whatever the public is willing to pay. Because most people do not want to buy 200 sets of boots at once, competition for these items is not always high. But the Army uses this liquidation method to return as much money to the Treasury as possible instead of trashing articles.

Thus, sellers have to get a return on their investment. Also keep in mind that, even if an article is functionally the same as another, the style makes a huge difference in its price. Almost nobody cares about three-color desert camouflage (DCU, similar to BDU pattern but tan). BDU is generally more popular, because many servicemen recall wearing that uniform, and we have a lot of woods in the United States that are popular for activities like hunting, paintball, and Airsoft. The solid olive drab (OD) green camouflage worn by soldiers in Vietnam is even more popular, because movies have made this color famous in numerous nostalgic pieces about the war. But the camouflage color in raging popularity is ACU (Army Camouflage Uniform), a dull green-blue-gray digital pattern currently worn in the Army. The value comes partly from its currency, but also from the high opinion held for the military in this present age, and the huge degree of media attention given to the military. For example, a DCU field jacket might only yield 10 dollars, a BDU one usually gets $15, and an OD green one might sell for $25, but an ACU pattern jacket will get easily $40 or more.

Items like ALICE pack rucksacks sell from $15 to $80. The lesson here is that gear of similar quality can be gotten for the cheapest price on Ebay; retailers usually tack on a little extra.


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