The Collectibles Food Chain

May 17, 2013

The collecting "food chain" typically follows this pattern:

Garage sales, estate sales

Items may be under-priced, attribution may be possible. Time intensive, primarily for

full time dealers willing to spend the time.

Flea markets

Where many full time dealers flog what they don't list online. Unless you have unlimited free time,

more effective to pay these dealers a reasonable profit than to beat the bushes per 1. above.

Online sales

Including auctions and fixed price sales, relatively few bargain prices are offset by virtually unlimited

inventory, new pieces constantly being added. Ability to tap into international sources.

Collector shows

Expect to pay top dollar with few exceptions. Pieces not infrequently tinkered with to boost

prices. Travel expenses, meals and lodging, may be factors. Few if any bargains.

Generally prices naturally increase from step 1. through step 4, as pieces work their way up the food chain. The trick

is to define the venue(s) which best serve one's collecting needs and concentrate on those areas.

"If you collect anything long enough, sooner or later you'll become a seller/dealer too."

- taken from Tim Sloat with many thanks!


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