Knowledge is power when it comes to collecting or selling online.
Most antique aficionados and resellers start their research on an item using a simple Google search which turns up a few paid options including WorthPoint.
Other great tools for gauging interest and potential current market value are eBay sold prices (free to search), Terapeak (once a paid service, but as of 2021 is free for eBay sellers) and databases of historic auction records (also paid subscription services).
What is WorthPoint?
WorthPoint is a massive online database with more than 545 million antique prices, descriptions and images, as well as thousands of expert articles on a huge variety of topics.
The site offers a database that contains over a billion images as well as pricing and historical information for millions of antiques, art, and collectible items.
What’s Included in a WorthPoint Subscription
WorthPoint offers three levels of subscription, starting with access to their price guide, or alternatively, access to only their Marks & Library features. [Skip to the pricing tiers below.] Additionally, there’s an All Access plan ($46.99/month or $449.99/year) that gives you unlimited access to absolutely everything they offer.
The WorthPoint Library: Reference Books and Price Guide Books
Price guides for specific antiques or collectibles have long been available in book form and can be a great resource for pricing and identification. Most guidebooks are published yearly to stay up to date with the market, but even older books can help identify unusual collectibles that can’t be found anywhere else.
One of our favorite (and definitely underutilized) aspects of WorthPoint is its digital library which includes nearly 1,000 online copies of these sorts of books, with hundreds more added to the library each quarter.
The library contains everything from Schroeder’s Collectible Toys, to Garage Sale & Flea Market Annual, to Leather Bound Books Identification, to the Standard Antique Clock Value Guide.
And it’s not just modern reference books. Included in WorthPoint’s Library are some references that actually go back into the 19th century, like John M. Hubbard’s Prices Paid for all United States Gold, Silver and Copper Coins.
Some of the popular reference books being used by subscribers are:
- Imperial Glass Encyclopedia
- Barbie Doll Identifications & Values
- Florence’s Standard Baseball Card Price Guide
- Stern’s Guide to Disney Collectibles
- Tapestries: Their Origin, History & Renaissance
- Star Wars Super Collector’s Wish Book
- Victorian Trade Cards Historical Reference & Value Guide
You can search these digital books by topic, title, or publisher and read books page-by-page or click through to specific sections or chapters.
WorthPoint’s Marks Guide
Another standout feature of WorthPoint’s subscription service is its comprehensive Marks Guide, which serves as a visual resource for collectors seeking to identify and authenticate their items.
This guide covers a wide range of markings, including hallmarks, signatures, logos, and other identifying symbols found on antiques, collectibles, and vintage items.
The Marks Guide provides users with detailed information about the origin, significance, and meaning behind various markings, helping them determine the age, maker, and provenance of their pieces.
Whether it’s deciphering a hallmark on a piece of silverware or identifying the signature of an artist on a painting, WorthPoint’s Marks Guide is a great starting point for getting the answers you need.
Users can search the Marks Guide by keyword, category, or specific marking, making it easy to locate the information they need. Additionally, the guide is regularly updated with new entries and expanded content, ensuring that users have access to the most up-to-date information available.
You can access the Marks & Library features with a subscription to just that feature, or bundle it with the price guide in the All Access plan.
Is WorthPoint Worth It?
In short, yeah, it’s worth it.
For eBay resellers, antique dealers, collectors or auction houses, WorthPoint can be a game-changer. It’s like having a treasure map to navigate the ever-changing seas of antique and collectibles pricing. The access to this sort of information can really assist in making informed decisions.
Interestingly, many WorthPoint users find the information and descriptions even more useful than sales prices themselves. Some items are so unusual that they only come up for sale once in a blue moon, so being able to track down any details of an obscure collectible can be really beneficial.
While not directly attributed to WorthPoint, it’s important to note that sales prices sourced from many years ago should be viewed with a grain of salt when pricing today. The antiques and collectibles market experiences frequent fluctuations, meaning prices that items fetched several years ago may have significantly risen or fallen since then.
Despite that, having any kind of guideline of actual sales prices is incredibly useful, and makes the job of estimating, appraising and pricing antiques and collectibles much easier.
The Pros of WorthPoint’s Subscription
Here at Britannic Auctions, we’re not only a data partner with WorthPoint, we’re longtime users of their price guide. We find it an extremely valuable tool for sourcing data, historic sales fluctuations and recent sales prices for certain collectibles.
Extensive Database of Sold Items
WorthPoint has a massive and ever-growing database of over 500 million items, making it one of the largest repositories of past sales data in the collecting world. Their unique database combines 350+ sources of data including the sales results of many auction houses of all sizes, and the results of eBay sales.
Historical Sales Data
One of the key strengths of WorthPoint is its focus on historical sales data. Users can delve into past sales records going back 15+ years into the past, allowing them to track price trends over time and make informed decisions about buying, selling, or valuing their items.
By contrast, eBay’s (free) tool to look up sold prices only goes back as far as 90 days. The ability to search further into the past can be extremely helpful, especially for unusual collectibles that don’t come onto the market very often.
Search Sales Across a Multitude of Categories
WorthPoint offers pricing information across a multitude of categories, ranging from antiques and collectibles to art and jewelry. This allows users to find pricing data tailored to their particular area of interest or expertise.
The Cons of a WorthPoint Subscription
While WorthPoint offers a wealth of information, access to its full database comes at a cost. Some users may find the subscription fee prohibitive, especially if they only need pricing data infrequently or for a limited number of items.
As of February 2024, subscription plans range from $27.99 to $46.99 per month, with the high end being an all access pass to every feature they offer. A casual search now and then may not warrant a subscription, but for collectors, dealers, resellers and auctioneers, we find the benefits of the service to far outweigh the cost of a subscription.
Using the WorthPoint App for Pricing on the Go
In addition to the WorthPoint website tool, subscribers can also download the WorthPoint app for Apple or Android phones so you can research items on the go. Dealers and resellers often use the Worthpoint app to help determine whether they should buy something unique at a thrift store or yard sale.
The Pros of WorthPoint’s App
The WorthPoint app is particularly helpful if you are out and about at an antique shop, estate sale or thrift store. Using the WorthPoint app, you can quickly look up sales prices wherever you are. This allows you to make a quick, on the spot decision.
The Cons of WorthPoint’s App
Though the app design has gone through a few updates so far, it’s still sometimes a bit clunky to use, and filtering settings (like ordering your search results from high to low) can sometimes be a bit wonky in the app. Additionally, the mobile app also requires that you log in every time you launch, which can be a pain when you’re in a rush to use it.
We’re hopeful that future versions will have some of these bugs ironed out.
How Much is a WorthPoint Subscription?
WorthPoint offers a free 7-day trial which allows you to access their database and lookup the values for a few items. If you like what you see, you can switch to a paid month-to-month subscription and continue your research.
If you pay for a year-long membership, there’s a savings in cost anywhere from 15% – 20% depending on the plan you choose.
WorthPoint offers three levels of membership access:
|Price Guide Premium
|Unlimited access to the desktop and mobile app price guide including description details and images going back over 15 years.
|Save 20% with a yearly subscription
|Marks & Library
|Unlimited access to the identification and research guide featuring 100,000+ identifiers and digitized antiques and collectibles reference books.
|Save 15% with a yearly subscription
|Total access to every feature WorthPoint offers. Price Guide, Library and Marks Guide for desktop and mobile.
|Save 15% with a yearly subscription
Get Started With WorthPoint’s Free Trial
You can give WorthPoint a test run with their 7-day free trial. The trial allows you to look up 7 items within the period of one week, then you’ll be automatically enrolled in your chosen monthly or annual plan. You can cancel your subscription at any time by visiting your account page and adjusting your subscription settings.