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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 9534
Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have an extensive collection of antique American, English

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I have an extensive collection of antique American, English and Continental sterling I am preparing to sell. Do you recommend sending it to auction or selling it on eBay? Hard to decide if commissions or fees would be most costly in the end. Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

The internet has your largest pool of buyers. I feel eBay selling prices are more wholesale than retail for silver.

You could open an internet store for free on Etsy.com.

Or open a store on the more upscale sites - GoAntiques.com or RubyLane.com.
An ad on these sites might work as well.

Silver does better at the larger auction houses like Christie's or Bonham's than it does at the smaller auction houses. Sotheby's will only take items worth over $5000.

The auction route may be easier and faster than setting up your own store but you will realize closer to retail if you sell it yourself on the internet.

A private seller to a dealer can expect 40-60% of retail value.

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Doris
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help?

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Doris