Friday, August 13, 2010

Buying antiques with a guarantee

Larry Shapiro owner of Appraisals and advises to "get it in writing". When buying antiques at a show or one on one from a dealer ask for a written guarantee concerning your purchase. In todays market there are many fakes, repaints, copies, etc. Know what you are buying and make sure you get a signed receipt from the seller with everything he or she has represented about the item you have purchased. Sometimes dealers are fooled when they are the buyer and pass along their mistakes to the unsuspecting customer. If the seller does not agree to the guarantee, you should just simply cancel the sale.

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