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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)08/20/2021 at 1:16 pm in reply to: PWCC Baseball card seller accused of shill bidding on Ebay.. #90418
After having spent 20 minutes on removing painter’s masking tape from a 400-year old map that some “professional picture framer” decided was the appropriate tape to attach it to the mount, I must admit I have a sneaking regard for Gary “Scissorhands” Moser. For which I apologise 🙂08/18/2021 at 3:59 am in reply to: How to make corrections to ebay product catalog information #90388
The reason I remove the spaces and dashes from the ISBN is that leaving them in seems to fox the Amazon search box.08/18/2021 at 12:36 am in reply to: How to make corrections to ebay product catalog information #90386
The product info appears when the ISBN number’s entered into eBay’s ISBN field. Last time I did that, a library file of the cover appeared, and the dimensions and page length were pre-filled. I think that the library file didn’t appear in the subsequent listing. (this is from memory, so it might not be entirely accurate)
This started a few years back, and like WBird says, it can be really inaccurate. I avoid it by not filling in the ISBN field, but placing the ISBN without spaces in the listing text, so viewers can copy the ISBN and paste it directly into Amazon’s search box. My thinking on this is that I can then undercut sellers on Amazon without being subject to their predatory pricing algorithms, where the robo-sellers like World Of Books drop their prices below yours as soon as you list on Amazon.
If you use this ISBN, it’ll start the process:
List in Books, Comics & Magazines>Books and copy and paste straight into the ISBN field.
(i’d just like to take a moment to say that the book might be a “Sunday Times Bestseller” but it’s not worth reading 🙂 )08/17/2021 at 3:30 am in reply to: Scavenger Life Episode 525: Eccentric, Unemployable #90370
Nah, it’s all churches, public buildings, crowds on esplanades, piers and empty bandstands in the local park. The interesting ones, the ones Grandpa Wilfred brought back from his R’n’R in Egypt, he kept where his missus couldn’t find them. 🙂
As far as I remember, his speciality is American postcards- his buyers typically people who want a postcard of how their town looked like back in the way back when.
That’s the problem with this collection- they’re all European. You’re going to have to connect with nostalgic buyers in Bad Schnitzel and Pericolo di Sporgersi.
Great! I’m thinking maybe the best way for the museum to raise funds with them is to produce a monograph about the donor. Reason being, he was training to be an architect, or was an architect, and the postcards he chose would give a view as to his ideas about architecture. The 1920s and 1930s were a period of radical change in European architecture, away from Art Nouveau and suchlike towards movements like De Stijl (Mondrian).