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It’s worth checking out framed sheets from old atlases- most times they’re modern reprints but the originals often slip through in thrift shops. Those ‘Times’ atlases are always overpriced over here in the UK, like 40 to 50 dollars, but the Charles Dickens would be about 1 dollar. I knew someone once who actually read the stuff.
It might actually be a limit of 256, and someone thought “Hang on! That’s going to look suspicious…” and rounded it down.
A friend told me about a Belgian politician who won an election by 4,096 votes more than the number of electors who actually voted for him. Turned out a cosmic ray had passed through a computer and flipped a bit from zero to one.
@craig-rex Thanks! I came across a PBS page that had three Landis fakes side-by-side with the originals (Mark or the Master?) Apparently feet are the most difficult part of the human body to paint; the “Watteau” shows that even if you’re copying a painting it’s still difficult!
I would have thought the card fakers maybe had copies of the original Quark Xpress files or equivalent, which would give the correct colour separations and trapping (to prevent unsightly overlaps), but that thread suggests that there are only a few high-value cards that were faked because “producing these high-end counterfeits is extremely time consuming and expensive”. If they’re done from scans of originals, there’s probably going to be some artefacts introduced by the anti-aliasing of the scanner software.
Maybe there’s some kind of universal principle here. I couldn’t do a van Meegeren and paint a few fake Old Masters, but- after a couple of years research and a small investment- I could start knocking out fake patches, with the correct dyes and materials. As they do in Vietnam, using the reference books on field-made patches to improve the product.
So price would be secondary to provenance and condition, in a market where the item can easily be faked.
I did the rounds of a car boot sale yesterday. I picked up a British “turtle” army helmet, asked the price and was told £15, then the seller immediately dropped the price to £10. I bought it, then I went on to another stall and picked out a Georgian shell cameo brooch priced at £38. I was going to offer £30 when the seller said the price was actually £16. Bought that, went home, checked eBay and found that I’d probably paid the going rate for both items. That’s the eBay rate; another site had a similar but poorer-quality brooch for £120.
eBay, the best deals at the lowest prices.
Just guessing, but I think that vehicle is designed to mix oats and molasses, and maybe some other ingredient, for cattle feed. So it might have a heater for the molasses.
Retro- I hope you recover fully.
GET VACCINATED PEOPLE!!!
I spent an hour yesterday going round a group shop (antique centre where individual dealers rent space), having been round the thrift shops in the neighbourhood. The thrift shops were crowded- in the group shop it was basically me, a couple of other browsers, and a gaggle of gossiping dealers by the cash desk. They were talking about picking up stock from auctions and outdoor antiques fairs, which is probably why everything in the shop was overpriced, thanks to auction-house commission and antique-fair markups. I guess the house clearance business has been hit by the lockdown, plus the larger charities here in the UK have started providing clearance services.
Searching through these places is a nightmare- it’s visually confusing and physically difficult to navigate. There was a small Chinese blue-and-white vase in a locked cabinet which was priced at £1,200. It was at the back of the cabinet in a dimly-lit room, with a whole lot of fragile junk strewn across the floor in front of it. The label just said “Kangxi vase £1,200”- no attempt at explaining why it was the most expensive item in the whole centre.
Maybe the place is like a huge bookshop I used to visit. I could never find anything worth buying either for reading or re-selling, despite the fact that there were so many books that they were stacked three deep on shelves reaching up to the ceiling. Then I noticed that in the middle of the shop were several people using computers- they were the staff listing online the books that were worth selling; the shop contained the rejects.
Jay, thank you! I really appreciate this forum.
Yes, please keep the forum going. There’s no boosterism or negativity, also I get to look at photos of fire hydrants and traffic lights, which has improved my driving skills somewhat. 🙂08/28/2021 at 8:39 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 526: Are You Happy? Do You Feel Trapped? #90488
I had my first Pfizer jab in February, my second at the end of April. As far as I remember, the vaccine takes two weeks to become effective- the first gives 60% effectiveness, the second 80%. I think the time between jabs has now been shortened to something like a month. If you have your first vaccination now you’re probably going to have full antibodies end of October, beginning of November.
I get tested once a month for antibodies- still got ’em.
Back at the end of July I listed an 1870s book which was a transcript of a judge’s summing up in a famous trial of the time- the Tichborne case. It got 135 views in 4 hours before someone bought it (I priced it cheap at £9). The only reason I can think of for this rate of viewing is that people are searching for ‘Judge” and ‘Trial’- maybe the latter word.08/25/2021 at 3:45 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 526: Are You Happy? Do You Feel Trapped? #90460
absolutely teeming with tales of woe
“It is an ancient eBayer and he stoppeth one of three” 🙂08/25/2021 at 3:38 am in reply to: What Sold for me in the last week – My first video! #90459
Yes, I enjoyed watching it as well.08/22/2021 at 3:46 am in reply to: How to make corrections to ebay product catalog information #90426
I’ve just had a go at listing a book for a friend’s new account (private seller). Book title “Victorian Nottingham”. Possible matches found: the theory test for a heavy goods vehicle driving licence, Dune, 1984, the Brothers Karamazov and “The Unhoneymooners” (escape to paradise with this hilarious and feelgood romantic comedy).
Maybe this is a list of the most-searched-for books on eBay UK (we’ve got lots of truck driver jobs going, ‘cos all our truck drivers have moved back to mainland Europe)