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Tips for Buying Antiques and Collectibles on Ebay

Jul 24, 2008
Buying collectibles is one of the most enjoyable things to do on eBay, simply because you can find so many things that you just can't get anywhere else. Think of eBay as a clearinghouse for collectibles, antiques, and just general stuff that people want to get out of their house. The thing is, buying antiques can be fun but you can lose lots of money if you don't know what your doing. Here are a few tips to help you on your way to buying collectibles and antiques on eBay.

But first he wanted do is make sure you can find your Category. If you are not familiar with eBay's site, there are many ways you can find the things you are looking for. What I like to do is use the search feature. In the same way you use search on the Internet, type in a few keywords of the thing you're looking for. You'll probably find that all the items you're after are listed in a single category. One of the things you can do is use the advanced search feature as it allows you to refine what you're looking for. Once you find your category, add this category to your browser's Favorites, and keep coming back.

Keep an eye out for Mistakes. If you collect something, the chances are you know a lot about it. The kind of mistake you're looking for is one where a seller may not realize the value of the item they are offering. They might not know that they have a rare version of an item, or they might have left off the key information that makes it valuable. When you find these kinds of items, e-mail the seller to clarify and make sure your assumptions are correct. If everything looks good, proceed with the auction and you may have gotten yourself a great deal. You can then resell them at a big profit, if that's what you want to do.

Take all of the descriptions with a grain of salt. If you find something you haven't heard of, and the description calls it 'rare', don't assume that it actually is. Remember, the seller is trying to market a product and is going to try to use words that sound good to a buyer. Far too many sellers just put 'rare' into all of their descriptions - the chances are that the item is common and has just been described wrongly. Again, do your homework. Take the information and cross check in with other reputable sites on the Internet. The seller may be telling the truth, or they may be in embellishing the truth. Remember, buyer beware.

Stalk Other Users. What this means is to keep track of the different people that create a lot of activity in the category you are interested in. When you collect something, you'll probably notice that there are four or five sellers who seem to come up with consistently good items - and the same buyers buying them. Add their user pages to your Favorites, and check back often to see what they've got - or what they're bidding on - that you might be interested in.

Don't become emotionally involved to an Auction. There are millions of items being listed every day on eBay - whatever you want, it'll come around again, and if you don't get it there are plenty more things to buy. This is similar to the golden rule of negotiating: always be prepared to walk away. Once your emotions get in the way, expect to pay over the market price. There are few things so rare that another seller won't have one to sell. Go and bid in a lower-priced auction, instead of getting into a bidding war in one that is already expensive. Always be comfortable walking away.

Remember that postage can kill the deal. If you collect lots of small things with a relatively low value, you might end up paying as much for postage as you do for each item. Always factor in postage to your maximum bid price. If you buy a lot of things, you may be able to negotiate a special rate with the seller too.

The last piece of advice is not to bid too early. You want to wait till the auction is almost over because you unnecessarily drive up the price of the product. If you're interested in a product, selectable watch it feature and you can keep upraised out where the bid prices are. When the bidding is to end in a half hour, that's when you want to start keeping close eye on bid prices to wait to the last five minutes or so to get into the bidding.
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Matt loves hunting for antique store antiques . Visit the http://antiquestoredealer.com for items like antique wall mirrors .
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