Collection and collectors.
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Collection and collectors.
The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining whatever items are of interest to the individual collector. Some collectors are generalists, accumulating merchandise, or stamps from all countries of the world. Others focus on a subtopic within their area of interest, perhaps 18th century stamps, bear bottle labels from Sussex, or Mongolian harnesses and tack. The items collectors collect may be antique, or simply collectible. Antiques are collectible items at least 100 years old; collectibles are less than antique, and may even be new. Collectors and dealers may use the word vintage to describe older collectibles. Most collectibles are man-made commercial items, but some private collectors collect natural objects such as birds' eggs, butterflies, rocks, and seashells.
The Internet offers many resources to any collector: personal sites presenting one's collection, online collectible catalogs, dealer/shops websites displaying their merchandise, Internet trading platforms, collector clubs, autograph club, collector forums and collector mailing lists.
Finding retired editions has become much more convenient with the advent of Internet auctions and trading. It has never been easier to track down a retired piece, and to reach out to dozens of dealers using e-mail or their websites. Most retailers tend to focus on one or two specific lines. Their activity in acquiring inventory adds liquidity to the market, and their sales of retired pieces are important to establishing a trend in value that is more consistent than random sales between individuals that may not be meaningfully documented.
The public and dealers alike use Internet auction websites to buy and sell collectibles. The thrill of "winning" an auction, and the convenience of shopping from home have contributed to a shift in volume from in-store sales of retired pieces to auction/mail order sales through such auction sites.
When buying expensive retired pieces, an escrow account for funds transfer may decrease the buyer's chance of losing their money. A form of fraud on the buy side involves swapping a defective piece for a good one bought via auction. In this case, the buyer, who may have a repaired piece, or a slightly defective one, buys a mint condition piece from the edition via auction and ships the defective one to the seller, demanding a refund on the auction. Sellers should record item numbers and other details about the piece before shipping.
Ubid Online Auction
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eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY)
:: Founded in September 1995, eBay is The World's Online Marketplace for the sale of goods and services by a diverse community of individuals and businesses. Today, the eBay community includes tens of millions of registered members from around the world. Buy and sell electronics, cars, clothing, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods, digital cameras, and everything else on eBay. Sign up free and begin to buy and sell. Auction or buy it right away.
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Hollywood Mega Store
:: We realize not everyone can make it to Hollywood, so we have taken steps to bring Hollywood to everyone. Our Web site, Hollywood Mega Store, features 3,000 Hollywood products and is accessible to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. We get heavy traffic from all over the world, a true testament to how universal Hollywood has become.
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Fun to Collect
:: we specialize in carrying quality licensed merchandise of well known brands that you are familiar with. As you browse through our store you will also discover hand picked, quality collectibles and gifts that your whole family can enjoy. We offer the largest selection of fad collectibles online. Dr.Seuss, Raggedy Ann, Cow Parade, Betty Boop Kiss, Coots, American Heroes, Baby Boop, Baby Einstein, Baby Bach, Baby Martex, Baby Snoopy, Barbie, Batman, Bear, Beatles
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:: is the authority and leading provider of action collectibles and action figure gifts. Hamilton Action offers the most comprehensive selection available, including top branded names like: Spiderman, Family Guy, Dragons, The Simpsons, Spongebob and other exclusive categories. Best gifts for everyone, kids and adults!
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