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Re: 1869 Springfield Cadet

Posted by John on Tuesday, 10 February 2009, at 12:32 a.m., in response to Re: 1869 Springfield Cadet, posted by Wayne James on Monday, 9 February 2009, at 11:03 p.m.

Dealing with auction houses can be hazardous, even if they have decent photos. In most auctions, they only guarantee the BOLD FACE info in the first line or two of the listing, leaving themselves an out for descriptions that are inaccurate, misleading or deceptive.

And, don't forget that usually the auction place will hit you up for the bid price ("hammer price"), plus a "buyers' premium" of 10-20% plus packing, insurance and shipping charges. Some places charge all these fees, others may not.

Some auction places have better reputations than others, but I will not attempt to claim that any are especially good or bad as I have limited experience with auctions, mostly less satisfying than I expected.

Others can probably recommend auction houses they recommend.

Caveat emptor- "buyer beware" seems to translate also into "there's a sucker born every minute."


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