Antiques From Europe...Is It Really The "Goose That Layed the Golden Egg?"

Written by Michael Temple

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There are various companies that ship antiques from Europe, and you can find their sites all overrepparttar Internet. I have however come to realize that not all of these companies are equal! Some of them are very condescending, while others try to speak torepparttar 147560 “common folk” while doing business. None of this has a bearing on your bottom line!

There are a few things that you should look for when searching for an antique shipping company. I’ll list them for you.

1.Per item price. Knowing your market is so vitally important to understanding whether or not you be profitable. Keep in mind that what is quoted fromrepparttar 147561 company is never whatrepparttar 147562 item actually costs. After you have paid ship transportation, duties, documentation fees, and trucking to your facility,repparttar 147563 price per item goes up.

2.Reputation in your country. Whenrepparttar 147564 company is thousands of miles away, many of them will often tell you what you want to hear. Make sure that you have testimonials from people who have done business with them in your country! Call these people, talk with them about their experience, and tap their brains for more information aboutrepparttar 147565 company. Good shipping companies will always be willing to give you references from people that are satisfied with their services.

3.Company attitude. Keep in mind that you are offering to do business with them. Some antique shipping companies often come across as condescending and snobbish. Do not be afraid to ask questions, (even if they seem like stupid questions.) If they come across as rude or “snooty”, you may want to consider whether or not you wish to have a buying relationship with them.

If shipping antiques from another country seems like something that you would like to explore do your homework! It can be a lucrative move, but it can also empty your account quickly if you don’t know what you are doing.

Michael Temple is a retired auctioneer and author of the e-book "Buying Fresh Antiques - 16 Ways to Increase Your Opportunities No Matter Where You Live." His web site Antique Power Dealer is popular among antique dealers and enthusiasts. Antique Power Dealer

The Most Powerful Attribute in Antiques and Collectibles

Written by Michael Temple

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The next morning, after more phone calls and cross-checking, she gingerly loadedrepparttar painting and took it to a temperature controlled vault inrepparttar 147559 same city where she urchased it. This $125. painting later sold for several million dollars at a major auction house, and this woman's financial future was changed in dramatic fashion literally overnight.

The museum curator was appalled, overwhelmed and completely flabbergasted!

Imagine that you arerepparttar 147560 curator of this museum, and you placedrepparttar 147561 $125. price tag on this million dollar painting! This tag sale had been held to raise money for projects aroundrepparttar 147562 museum. Ifrepparttar 147563 curator had only possessedrepparttar 147564 knowledge to even "check it out",repparttar 147565 outcome could have been far more positive forrepparttar 147566 establishment that he represented!

Knowledge and research made allrepparttar 147567 difference.

Aside fromrepparttar 147568 curator, think of allrepparttar 147569 antique dealers, collectors and enthusiasts that had toured this weekend-long tag sale. Here was an item that could change their entire lives financially, and they walked right on by. any one of them could have soldrepparttar 147570 painting, bankedrepparttar 147571 money, and just "fiddled" around with antiques instead of trying to make a living from them. Andrepparttar 147572 difference was knowledge!

How to get antique knowledge.

Withrepparttar 147573 advent ofrepparttar 147574 Internet, research is easier to do, andrepparttar 147575 knowledge is much easier to come by. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of sites that are dedicated to various collectibles, art and antiques.

Visitingrepparttar 147576 library all day, once a month can be one ofrepparttar 147577 best ways to increase your knowledge of antique items. The library is still one ofrepparttar 147578 most untapped resources for gaining expertise on a variety of antique subjects. Talk torepparttar 147579 librarian, ask questions, and dig! The human mind is like a sponge, and someday you may need what you are learning today.

A methodical approach toward research and gaining knowledge can pay huge dividends in your antique world. It'srepparttar 147580 secret that can make a huge impact inrepparttar 147581 buying decisions that you make!

Michael Temple is a retired antique auctioneer and author of "Buying Fresh Antiques - 16 Ways to Increase Your Opportunities...No Matter Where You Live!" He owns Antique Power Dealer, a popular web site frequented by dealers and collectors. Antique Power Dealer

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