Shipping Furniture Tips Part 1

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We have noticed that many Internet shops dealing in furniture and bulky item sales state only, “…buyer responsible for pickup…” in the item listing. And they give no clue anywhere as to how this might be accomplished, which makes us wonder if they really wanted to sell the item? Apparently, some shops are willing to… Read more »

Sugar Plum Dreams

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Before safe, reliable central heating units were commonly installed in homes, coal and wood burned in stoves and fireplaces were the norm for comfort in winter. But staying warm into the wee hours of the morning, as fires turned to ashes, meant having a bed that was well appointed for the task. Even wealthy families… Read more »

Preventing Item Replacement Fraud Part II

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As described in a previous article on this topic, “Preventing False Item Substitution: Part One – Your Photos,” illustrating specifics about an item with multiple photos is the primary way you can protect yourself from return item substitutions. There are others ways to prevent fraud which when combined with good quality photos can reduce your… Read more »

Interpreting Makers Marks on China and Porcelain

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Many experienced collectors and dealers of pottery say it is important to not only research the mark or backstamp but to consider the shape, decoration, and type of ware as well, before coming to a definitive conclusion as to maker. For example, if an item is said to be a Staffordshire pottery spill vase, circa… Read more »

Preventing Item Replacement Fraud: Part 1

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Often, new Internet shop owners are concerned that unscrupulous buyers will purchase an item, and then under false pretenses return the item, and once it arrives the shop owner discovers the item is not the item they sold and shipped. More experienced online dealers have stated they feel the old ‘switcheroo’ scam is actually an… Read more »

Fact Check: Early Photographica

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Collectors of antique photography can find the Internet a particularly fertile, and sometimes frustrating, place to shop. This is because many sellers have no idea by what photographic process the photo they are selling might have been made or what to call it. And because some sellers are not familiar with the characteristics used to… Read more »

Distinguishing Verity From Fantasy

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When reading item descriptions in some online antique and collectibles shops, the age or authenticity of items sometimes appears to be based on the age of the person from whose estate it was acquired, or the length of time that person had been collecting. Another popular theme is if it was originally purchased in a… Read more »