Why do I bother? - A rant

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Why do I bother? - A rant

Post by Admin on Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:13 am

I routinely get inquiries about fairy lamps. I don't mind and respond to all with as much information as I can provide. I especially like to help new collectors but I will also help dealers understand what they have and what a I think a fair market value would be.

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Just yesterday I was asked about this fairy lamp. They were upfront with me and acknowledged they were a antiques dealer and wanted to know what a fair market value would be. I replied, as I always do, with as much information as I can provide and my best judgement as to value. For a dealer to take that information and turn around and list this fairy lamp for $5000 makes me ask myself....Why do I bother???

So, that is my rant for today. Suddenly, I feel a little better. :-)

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Post by RedQueen1 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:13 pm

You can't tell them what they don't want to hear.....or conversely, no good deed goes UNPUNISHED. Cheers...Maddie

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Post by jnopoinsett on Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:06 am

Jim, please remember that there are those of us who are SO APPRECIATIVE of your knowledge and time and effort that you so willing share. You cannot be thanked enough!Jno

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Post by GDUD on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:45 am

This dealer is a muppet - no one in their right mind is going to pay $5000 for this lamp !!

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Post by cadking on Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:35 pm

They might just be hoping that someone out of their right mind decides to purchase the lamp.

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Post by Admin on Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:24 pm

Whoa! Just reduced to $2500. If they move the decimal point one space to the left, someone just might bid.
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Post by GDUD on Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:22 am

Decided to send seller a cheeky email :-

Dear llucas676902fj,
Are you sure you have the right price for this ? $1000 - $1500 would be more likely sale price !
-gdud

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Dear gdud,
Do you want to offer me that for it?
- llucas676902fj

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Post by Admin on Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:42 am

Apparently, your inquiry had some effect......the opening bid is now .99 and has already recieved several bids.

If nothing else the seller's strategy of a $5000 opening bid got people talking. It will be interesting to see what the lamp goes for in relation to my original estimate.

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re: rant and the final price on the piece...

Post by RedQueen1 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:55 pm

I'm sure people were aware of the starting price on this piece, since it prompted (rightfully so) Jim's rant...$5000.00 Pretty ridiculous...then they dropped it to $2500.00 still pretty ridiculous! Then, did people notice that it went down to an actual auction? Ended up at $305.00 Much more reasonable I think...how close was that to the price you gave them to start with Jim? Cheers-Maddie

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Re: Why do I bother? - A rant

Post by Admin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:35 pm

Following is my exact reply:

The 1996 book value on this lamp was $500-750. However, I think today's market is much less than that, perhaps closer to $400. It is a documented Clarke design (model 94). Check the base for hairline cracks or chips as the base tends to be very delicate.

I think the buyer of this lamp got a good buy.

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