As with the appraisals, I get numerous requests a day to purchase antiques and collectibles from people online. At one time I did purchase items from others sight unseen but any more I prefer not to.
I like to be able to touch the items I am purchasing to resell. There are
alot of reproductions out there and without touching, seeing and feeling the item I cannot distinguish between real and reproduction. The same applies to flaws in the item.
The main problem comes in when we get down to price. The seller wants full price and as a dealer I cannot purchase at full price. Once again... this is how I make a living. I MUST be able to mark the items up for a profit when I resell them. If I can't do this then I have gained nothing.
I will not make an offer. If you don't know what you want for an item, shipping included. Don't rely on me to set your price.
I was recently offered a set of 12 collector's plates for $240.00 not including shipping, I sell these plates for $28.00 each. Profit margin is in the negative numbers.
You are better off selling to an individual collector than a dealer unless you just want to get rid of the items for whatever you can get.
Dealer's are not cheap we just have to make
a living. Also, I like to keep my prices low for my customer's and I like to sell my products not just have them sitting around with high prices on them.
I have many shopping resources locally and I have several people around the country that help me find specific items for special customer's. But if you really want me to consider an item you have for sale I need your selling price including the shipping charges to zip code 66215.