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Guide to Buying Antiques Online

Jan 27, 2008
Antiques, if one goes by its strict definition, are items which are hundred years old or more. They should also have collectible value which is off course very important. It is the collectible value of the item and its age which collectively determine the price of an antique item. The higher the collectible value and older the item is the higher is its price and vice versa.

One can buy antiques at antique shows and antiques stores. But the best way to find and buy antique items is to do online. There are many online antique portals which buy and sell antique items. Some portals have a wide collection while others may specialize in a particular collection, say historical antiques or military antiques.

One big advantage of buying antiques online is that the values for particular antiques are normally lower as compared to an antique store or show. Moreover, you can compare the prices of several items offered at multiple online antique stores. You don't need to be physically present at the store to know the prices. You can do all these things at the comfort of your house with a few clicks of the mouse. It saves times as well. However, one drawback with buying antiques online is that you will not be able to see the 4actual item with your naked eyes. As such, you can only read the description of the item and see its digitalized picture from limited angles. If there is any flaw in the item, you will not notice it.

So how can one determine its authenticity? You have to do by the worth of the portal, its history, reputations, etc. You can also get tips from seasoned online customers. People only learn from mistakes. But be wiser by willing to learn from others' mistakes as well. Experienced online customers will give you tips based on their experience, good or bad. So before you commit a mistake, consult these people and get their help. They will also be helpful in recommending sites where you can buy antiques online.

Another thing you can do is requesting for close-up photographs of the items will be helpful. When you chosen a particular item, you can contact the site and ask for more photographs, taken from different angles. This way you will be in a better position to assess the item.

All said and done, buying antiques online is the most feasible way to do so.
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