The one thing you cannot learn in school
is how to think, the best they can do is show you the results of thinking. The best books
in the world cannot guarantee the most knowledge, printed information is outdated.
The ability to make a good decision is based on experience, this is something you learn
through time and hard work.
Knowledge, good judgment
experience are necessary for anyone wishing to participate in an auction and be
successful. The terms "buyer beware" and "seller beware" exist
for a good reason.
An auction is like a game of chess.
Instead of two players, you can have up to 200 (thousands on the Internet). And add this
to almost a dozen factors working against you and your odds of success diminish.
Your object is to win of course, but to do so with paying as little money as possible or
in the case of selling items, receiving the most money possible. I like a good
challenge, but I also like to minimize the chances of failure.
A lot goes on behind the scenes of an
auction and my goal is to provide useful insight and guidance for the 'buyer' as well as
the 'seller'. Most buyers and sellers are honest and hard working individuals.
However, a few prey on the innocence of the educable and fool not just fellow buyers
and sellers but the auctioneer as well.
These individuals are out for one
reason, to make money no matter what it takes. The long lasting effects are sadly
noticeable. My idea is to inform and educate as to the pitfalls that exist in the
auction environment , as well as the positivistic.
Another thing to prepare yourself
for is the word "collectable". This is a selling term. It can be
applied to anything and draws people like a "Venus fly trap". Just
because it's termed "collectable" doesn't mean that it's worth the
peddled value. I'll explain further in Guidelines
Navigation is accomplished by using
the main menu on the left. Just click on the red
help book next to the words Auction Guide
and the topics will unfold. Or you can use the index below.