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There are various companies that ship antiques from Europe, and you can find their sites all over 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 to “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 from company is never what item actually costs. After you have paid ship transportation, duties, documentation fees, and trucking to your facility, price per item goes up.
2.Reputation in your country. When 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 about 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