I don't appreciate you telling me to head to the goodwill (charity) was an insult to me. I will choose more carefully what I ask.
IF you want to FLIP the IC-701 to make $$, then do that.
Hamfests are full of Flippers these days (no real interest in radio),
some just want the $$, others are raising cash to buy new Asian radio.
My first job, long ago, was in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region.
So, I can understand your preconceived notion
that local Goodwill, Thrift Stores, or Salvation Army may be "junk stores", etc. You have also stated that your "pride" is involved in not being seen at these stores.
That is NOT true NATIONALLY.
I very highly doubt I would find any SW,or ham equipment at the goodwill.
1. Antiques Roadshow (PBS), have consistently shown $$$ in rare collectables at these stores.
In fact, some stores, in well to do areas are packed -- almost like gold hunters!
eBay Flippers and "radio equip sellers" are REGULARLY seen at these stores and weekend garage sales, auctions, and estate sales. Where did you think that over-priced ham gear on eBay was coming from? They bought it at pennies on the dollar. CAPITALISM
2. Estates of MANY former radio amateurs (WW2, Korea, Vietnam) are being sent to these stores by descendants -- that have NO interest in radio or electronics. Some corporations now send their surplus to these stores. What stores get these does vary based on your area.
I am aware of a radio collector who passed, collection value was easily > $30,000.
Kids did not care -- turned down cash offers -- did not send to thrift store --- they sent the collection to the local waste crusher (They did not like technology or "Dad's hobby").
3. Still not convinced?
Dave, W7UUU was at the local St. Vincent DePaul thrift store earlier this week.
He posted his story on January 7th at QRZ, read it.http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?374886-What-a-delightful-little-find-at-St-Vincent-DePaul-thrift-store
4. Now I have disclosed one of my sources for used test equipment and radios -- broken ones are repaired and I use or resell if redundant to current equipment.