Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by ponderossa, Dec 28, 2009.
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I haven't bought from any members here yet. I haven't written it off or anything....it just hasn't happened yet.
I also get rolled coin from my credit union.
I occasionally bid on auctions, but that action has decreased over time.
I'm lucky that there's also 4 coin shows a year here, and more if I was willing to drive to the Bay Area.
I've bought small things on eBay, but I'm getting tired of seeing the "bought at an estate sale" (and selling here for big bucks) so I want to start going to garage/estate sales this spring.
About 5 years ago I got a little trinket box at a garage sale for 10 cents cause it had an etching of a dog on it, and it later turned out to be pure silver.
2. Shows (15%)
3. Online (eBay, TeleTrade - 5% and dropping)
What I want and the way I want it (slabbed, particular grades) doesn't show up online often.
And then when it does it gets overbid.
If you're looking for advice . . .it totally depends on what market you're in.
Obviously . . . the more expensive the coin is, the more you'll want assurance that the coin is what you think it is: i.e., graded, or trusted dealer, etc. On the lower end, eBay always has some bargains.
auctions (mainly in England)
The stuff I collect is "off the beaten track" and so it typically does not show up in coin shops or shows, and mainly is more available on the other side of the world. But I get a lot from eBay because it is all over the world an it tends to collect stuff from everywhere. It is easily and qickly searched so it tends to concentrate the thinly dispersed material. The specialist dealers often tend to travel to the otherside of the world on buying trips so once again material gets concentrated. Likewise with the auctions that are held over there. The collectors are others with the same specialty as myself. I almost never get anything at a coin show. I think have only bought one coin I needed from a non-specialist dealer at a show in the past three years.
If you're looking for a place to find dealers you could work with, I would suggest Collector's Corner as a starting point. Most of the dealers I buy from are on there (although I didn't necessarily find them there).
It has always worked best for me.
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