Buying and Selling Antiques and/or Collectibles
December 22, 2008 8:37am CST
We all want to make money on the internet. I would like to know how many of you are collectors? What you collect? Have you made any money buying and selling? If so how and where other than eBay do you find a market for your collectibles? I'll start the discussion: I collect crochet hooks and hat pins and have made a little money selling surplus inventory but now like I would like to. I have sold only on eBay and to private individuals who found me from my blog.
• United States
24 Dec 08
I don't collect antiques, but another place to sell your collectibles is on Craigslist. You'll be surprised by the number of people who are interested in your stuff from Craigslist. Be careful with Craigslist, especially, if you're a woman. You get people answering emails and asking you to send them your address, personal directions to your house, etc. without talking to you on the phone first. Some of them have weird names like Demail@example.com or something. Everybody puts their personality in their names, but you know...be mindful. I had a guy once want to buy an expensive watch from me and he told me I had to send my alertpay account address, name, email...all kinds of info. That was in fact Alert Pay's policy, but it made me feel uncomfortable. I asked the guy to call me, but he didn't. We could have been both trying to protect ourselves, but it sounded odd to me, and I had a bad feeling about it. A lot--and I mean a lot--of fraud happens on Craigslist. At least with eBay, even though their fees are a nightmare, if you get frauded, then eBay can step in. With Craiglist, you're on your own. Because most of what you sell on Craigslist is within your local vicinity, you know best if people calling from not so great neighborhoods are worth you selling to them. It's a great way to make money, but just be watchful of scammers.