Resale value is something to consider when buying or owning a pool table. In many ways, a pool table can be related to a car in most cases. As soon as you pull that new car off the lot, its value depreciates tremendously. The same is true for your table in most cases. However, just because it depreciates doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worthless after you buy it.
It is important to mention that there are differences between the quality of each particular brand. In general, you can distinguish them into two categories. Domestic heirloom and mass manufactured. Now, typically, a mass-manufactured table is a lower-quality, budget-priced product, while a household heirloom would be a custom solid wood product.
Brand recognition plays a factor in resale value at the household heirloom level. However, more often than not, the more common the name, the more common the table, which means the less you can get in the long run. This is only due to the “popular” styles flooding the market. Something a little more name-brand will still depreciate a lot, but you’ll still get more than half your money even on a “stock” model.
The mass-manufactured, or “import” table typically depreciates by more than 80% after initial installation. Typically, these models will need more work on them before a realistic resale is proposed. On average, you can’t expect more than $500 on the resale of one of these pool tables.
When people go out to buy a used pool table, they trust the brands over others by wide margins. These tables are made to last. In most cases, the only thing you’ll have to pay for besides the table is the cost of a professional move and maybe a new pool table cloth.