Re: Crossbow or Compound - Value
In the end, compound bows and crossbows won't hold the value. It's the nature of old stuff to have less value than new stuff. And they have different markets, which affect them differently.
One should hunt with what one values to use. I wouldn't hunt with a crossbow, even in a legal mixed season, when I could shoot an already shootable, by me, compound bow. Don't dispute some hunters have to use a crossbow, for them, over a compound bow. So it's not all the same for each hunter.
Value is also determined by useable time. I remember I never invested in a bow, because one deer was the PA limit, and I wanted always to hunt the more traditional gun season. And would the value of used bows and crossbows increase if a hunting season for their use, was decreased from four to two weeks. The item wouldn't change, but the hunting season change would affect prices.
I used three hunting rifles, successfully, for over 35 years. I've used two compound bows for use in 15 years.
Cost had little to do with the value to me.
Change a rifle or bow every year, and you'll never get your value, unless you are a full time hunter or professional.