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How is the value of old pop bottles found?

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There is no single price guide for pop bottles so, if a local guide cannot be found, a number of other factors must be taken into account. It is important to note that any one of these factors will not make a bottle valuable, as a combination of multiple factors is needed.

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These are among the factors to consider when determining the value of an old pop bottle:

  • Age
  • This is a major determining factor in bottle value as the bottles age will help to determine if it was hand blown or machine made.
  • Rarity
  • Rarity is only a major factor in price if there is a demand for the bottle in question.

  • Condition
  • The closer the bottle is to its original condition the more valuable it will be.

  • Color
  • This is a major factor in price with the unusual colors commanding a higher price.

  • Esthetics
  • This factor is totally subjective although it often does play a role.

  • Embossing and design
  • Embossing adds value primarily when it displays meaningful information about the bottle such as manufacture, patent date or product.

  • Category
  • There have been many types of bottles made through out the ages and what the bottle was meant to be used for plays a role in the end value.

  • Size
  • Size is not a major consideration but in general a smaller bottle will hold a lesser value than a larger bottle of the same type.

  • Individuality
  • If the bottle was hand blown it may have interesting individual characteristics that help it command a higher price.

  • Historical significance
  • A bottle linked to or showing a major historical event will be more valuable.

  • Locale
  • Where a bottle comes from can greatly influence its value.

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