Thought For Coins Show Searches

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Randy Abercrombie, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    A recent thread got me thinking about this. Coin shows can feel so overwhelming making it impractical to search for certain coins. What if there were a simple show web page. Log in when you enter the show. Maybe a simple page where a buyer could enter something along the lines of, “I am searching for a high grade 1921 Peace dollar”.... Dealers at their convenience could look at the page and enter, “See booth ten”.... Something of that nature. Just a thought for those of us that don’t do well browsing. Reckon could something like that get any traction?
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  3. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    Randy, didn't someone say something about an electronic matcher at ANA or FUN in another thread ??
  4. Randy Abercrombie

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    If they did, I totally missed it. And here I thought I had a brilliant idea!
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  5. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    But what about those of us who go with no goal whatsoever in mind other than to find a bargain!
  6. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Randy, I think this is a good idea at first glance. My only reservation is that dealers get really busy and might miss opportunities here. I think another possible solution is to ensure that those who register everyone is well aware of what booths are where, and who does what kind of coins. Then they could circle that on a map, or point them to the right tables. This frees dealers up to sell their wares and empowers those at the front to help direct people.
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  7. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Are you totally insane @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?

  8. Randy Abercrombie

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  9. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    Most local small shows I've been to have a chalk board out front where you can write down what you are looking for. I never looked at it closely, but I assume you leave some form of contact information. Dealers are supposed to check it out occasionally?
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  10. Randy Abercrombie

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    That would sure work for me. I am a chalkboard kind of guy.
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  12. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Why? Did your school teacher make you write those "I promise not to....." sentences 100 times on the blackboard?

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  13. Randy Abercrombie

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    A hundred times would have been a breeze.
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  14. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Well-Known Member

    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?
  15. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    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.
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  16. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    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.
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  17. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    Just type in "Looking for bargains", and the answer will come back, "check all tables".
  18. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    Are you secretly Bart Simpson ? :D

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  19. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    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......
  20. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    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).:D

    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.
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  21. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    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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