Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Randy Abercrombie, Nov 18, 2019.
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Randy, didn't someone say something about an electronic matcher at ANA or FUN in another thread ??
If they did, I totally missed it. And here I thought I had a brilliant idea!
@Randy Abercrombie ?
Have you ever taken the time to count how many threads we get here on bogus error coins? Bogus variety coins?
What is going to prevent this from happening at a large coin show?
Yes, I think so.
That would sure work for me. I am a chalkboard kind of guy.
But it's only as good as the inventory dealers want to put into it...
Why? Did your school teacher make you write those "I promise not to....." sentences 100 times on the blackboard?
A hundred times would have been a breeze.
It's a terrible idea and no promoter will ever do it. Why? Because as soon as you start playing favorites, half your dealers will walk out and never come back. Oh, Bob's selling ASEs go see him. There go Mike and Jack and Bill.
Besides - how is the promoter going to know what everybody has for sale?
I'll start by saying that I believe my suggestion would work best at a smaller show.
I'm really not sure why you made up a scenario where only one dealer gets pointed out, just to say it's a terrible idea (one calls this a straw man argument fallacy). I very clearly said "point them to the right tables", not "just send them to Bob". Some dealers are only world coins dealers, some are only US. If all of them might have a 1921 Peace Dollar, then the person would simply say "everyone has that". I agree that the scenario you invented is a bad one, but it doesn't reflect my suggestion.
And how does a promoter know what everyone deals in? Simple, the person running the table provides a list of what they buy/sell. At a huge show, the promoter could create a quick database that enables dealers to click on which coin genres they'll be dealing in. Someone says Morgan Dollar, they click "morgans" on the database and spit out a list of tables.
Edit: promoters have done this, I've seen it firsthand, at shows I went to. No dealer walked out. Cheers.
I don't think it's about the promoter knowing what everyone is selling. The buyers enter exactly what they are looking for, the sellers review it and reply if they have one.
Just type in "Looking for bargains", and the answer will come back, "check all tables".
Are you secretly Bart Simpson ?
Take a big breath, and let out. Do so again, and again. Lest not you be overwhelmed, but to be inspired by the abundance of dealer stock. Half the fun of going to a large show is to walk the floor and take in all that is available. Actually, the best way to do it is to spend at least two days at a major show. Day one: walk, talk, explore, observe, and take notes. Day two: Zero in on what you have written down......
Yeah, I'm with you on that as I've never gone to a big show before (just local ones with 20-40 dealers).
For me, taking it all in is part of the fun (no pun intended).
But I can get why guys like Randy, with years/decades of doing this, might want to consolidate their time and just spend a few hours instead of a few days.
I can understand that, and I've done it, but my advice is to never arrive on a Saturday. Try to get in on the first day of the show. Walk slowly, eagerly, and vigorously. Time limited limits you on observation. Have a list of what you are looking for and stick to it. Be not tempted or distracted by offerings that do not appear on your list. You've limited time and must stay to task.
And put no pressure upon yourself. You're here as a collector. Most enjoy the experience.
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