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06/29/2020 at 8:18 pm in reply to: When do you give up and just call something trash? #78877
Oh wow I looked and did not see that could you post a link to the other listing?
Oh the agony! So many choices 🙂
Thanks – formulating a plan now….
You are exactly right – it’s a fun rabbit hole. If this truly is a 10k find (again pretty sure it’s not – especially since print #4 is with someone else), then a payment to an auction house might be the best way to go.
Why buy a Gucci bag direct from a fancy shop in Beverly Hills when you can get a used one for 1/3rd the price on eBay? Because some people like paying more at the fancy store. I want to put these lithographs in front of the fancy people. Do people with enough disposable income to pay 10k for Dali prints shop on eBay? I am sure that the Dealers who sell to the people who pay 10k for Dali prints are on eBay. I don’t want to sell to a high-end trash-elf reseller. I want to sell directly to an art collector.
That’s the fun of all of this; I have minimal capital invested in these prints. I can take my time to figure out the best way to sell them.
I’ll be sure to report my findings back here.
@ MDC Galleries any advice / thoughts on the next steps?
Are you selling wants or needs?
There are ethics involved with charging what the market will bear for needs. But you aren’t selling penicillin, kidneys or hand sanitizer.
For every item you sell with a $50+ profit, how many do you sell and only make a couple bucks?
Feel no guilt!
I am sure they will not fetch 10k apiece. But if I had something valued at 10k (or even 2-3k) I would be cautious about listing on Ebay. Ebay doesn’t offer sellers the same protections as buyers, I’m willing to tak the risk for a $200 item but not something worth thousands. I think there are probably better markets to list fine art. I don’t know what they are (this is part of my research), but I am pretty sure they exist.
Just saw a couple types and word press hates revisions. That should say “NOTE: Any blurring you see at the edges of the images are from my cheap clip-on macro lens, not the prints”
I did my homework. Well, I tried. The search function on WordPress isn’t as intuitive as one would hope. But I did google and research the terms you put forth in your previous posts.
This is my favorite part of scavaging. I learn something new (and completely random) every day. Who knew deckle was even a word?
There has been a new development in this story. When I first picked up these prints from Goodwill, I wasn’t sure the signature was authentic, the frames looked like crap, and one of the four pieces had some water damage on the matt. Not wanting to spend the extra $20.00, I left one of the three behind. oops.
Once I got home and realized what I had, I rushed back to Goodwill, and the 4th print was already gone.
Just this afternoon, I am in Goodwill, and I hear this guy boasting about the Dali lithograph he picked up. Sure enough, it the 4th in the series. It turns out the water damage did not extend beyond the matt, and the print was undamaged. He sent it off to an appraisal house in Las Vegas.
According to the appraiser, the insurance value (which I know is different than the sale value) is 10k. I don’t quite know what that means, but there you go. He will send me the details of the appraisal later, and I will post the specifics when he sends them.
From what I understand, this was part of a series called the Ivanhoe Suite. There appear to be numerous runs of this series in the late 1970s, but I haven’t found any that use Roman Numerals.
To answers some of the questions in your previous post. Yes I agree I think it’s a serigraph, here are some macro images I took with my phone. I am sure the exact technique will be in the appraiser’s report.
Here are some close ups. I a not sure if these are registration lines, or just Dali adding layers to his image:
Note any blurring you see at the edges of the images are my cheap clip-on macro lens, not the print.
Full Deckle Vs. No Deckle? Can we call this M.O.D. (Mit Out Deckle? I was a film student). She pics below of the back of the print. Edges look pretty clean. It was unclear to me if that adds or takes from the value.
A few more close ups:
Thanks for checking. I parted mine out. Unit is very in rough shape, I can’t imagine it will ever function as a camera again. Lenses are by Elgeet Rochester, New York which isn’t a particularly desired brand (and they are scratched). But the thing looks super cool. Someone will want just to show off.
There was an unused roll of film preloaded in the magazine (which of course was rendered useless when I open the magazine). Check out what 70mm looks like on the spool! Way cool.
Whenever I get that question I politely respond that the price I listed is the amount I am willing to accept in order to part with the widget.
It shuts down any further arguementd.
I priced the widget at 50 dollars because I would rather keep the widget than take less than 50 bucks.
The widget may have sold for much less in the past. But the widget is worth 50 to me.
The snarky bit (which I don’t send) if they widget isn’t worth 50 dollars to the buyer than s/he should not buy it!
WARNING! vacation mode by itself is super useless. I fell into this trap once. Your items are still available to view by customers and they are still available for purchase.
There is a little note at the top of the listing that says you are on vacation. But if you make a sale, you still need to ship within your handling time.
Instead of vacation mode, change your handling time to 14 days.
When I got stuck with a bunch of late shipments, I called Ebay to to ask what the function of Vacation mode was. They could not give me a good answer. They did say if I was away for an extended period, I could call have the store put on hold. But I did not research further.
Best solution is to change handling time.
@Timo very good point. When my hackles go up over any communication- I always check the feedback history.
I always have to take a deep breath when I get an irritating 3 world question from a buyer.
Remember, the great thing about eBay is you can sell to all types of people from different backgrounds, who have different approaches to life.
I am not a stickler for grammar (obvious from posts), but it pushes my buttons when I get a message like “What least price?” The worst is people who ask questions the way Donald Trump Tweets “Too expensive – Sad! Should be lower. Unfair!”.
For many people, text speak is short and curt and comes off rude. I hate it, but I still like taking the customer’s money when they buy from me.
So when you get a message like that, pretend it was in a mysterious foreign language and mentally put it through your own mental google translate algorithm.
“What is your minimum?” magically becomes “Hello, I really like your widget, and I am considering making an offer. What is your best price? Hope you have a great morning :)”
or just ignore it.
The piece is mounted to a board, a picture of the back would not be helpful. Another argument against latch hook, is that the design is pretty flush to the solid board, If there were looped yarn behind the burlap it you would be able to feel it. I am going with Textile art
@Sonia – I don’t think it’s a latch hook rug because the fibers are not individually looped into the burlap.
Upon closer inspection it looks at though this is yarn but actually carpet samples cut and pasted onto the burlap.
I am not familiar with punch needle work, so I will follow some of @daisy’s links before I list.