It’s easy for me to get stuck following the same old paths but sometimes it becomes apparent that I need to think outside the rut. Living in a smaller more remote communinty than previously has taken away a lot of choices for funding good collectibles either for myself or to sell. There must be others who have falen into the same situation. It is time to beat the bushes and start down the path less traveled. Who knows what fine collectible cliches we may find.
In the near future I will be uncovering and reporting on alternative venues for buying and selling antique and collectible items. Ebay is not the only game in town even if it is the biggest, which it is. Certainly I am not completely soured on the Bay as some have become. Local antique stores don’t seem to have as broad a selection as I like and the prices often leave no room for me if I choose to sell.
A quick recon of internet alternatives shows that the competing auctions tend to be more narrow in focus. For instance I just registered at mynotera.com which is an auction site specializing in ephemera. As this was a favorite niche market of mine back in the day I am going to check it out with a little interactive testing. I will be reporting back in due course. Sites like this have nowhere near the numbers of dealers or buyers as the 800 pound gorilla. Is that a good reason to stay away? If nobody goes to these sites they will not prosper and grow. Let’s put the competition back in capitalism and build a healthy marketplace. If you know of a particular internet auction or collectible store that you would like me to check out send an email my way. I think I’m ready to shake things up, are you?