Thursday, November 5, 2009

Marketplace and Consignments – Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles Bog – Buying and Selling

New and Improved

This has been a terrific day and it started with Ondre, Bob and I meeting to discuss the new website. I believe that you as a member will be really satisfied with the results. With Ondre working on the content, and Bob taking care of all the technical problems, the “Daryle Lambert's Antique and Collectible Club” will be brought to a new level.

However, there is one issue that I need to discuss with the members and it is a matter of keeping the consignments on the gallery pages. The three of us tossed this problem around for a good part of the morning. Here's the problem. First, we have to contact the owner of the item to be sure it's still available. Next, the buyer has to commit to the purchase and send money which we have to hold. Then, the seller has to ship the piece without having been paid. If either party doesn't fulfill their obligation, the Club is caught in the middle. If a problem arises, the Club has to mediate it and there could be further problems. After much consideration, it was our conclusion that maybe it would be better to discontinue the consignments but keep the “Associate Program” active, because these sales can be completed with a “Buy it Now.” If you're not familiar with this program contact me and I will give you a complete description. By using the “Associates Program” you can buy items with the Club as your partner and at no expense to you.

If the consignment program is discontinued, the Club would still use every effort at its disposal to help members sell their items, including suggestions that would facilitate their sale. By keeping the “Wish List”, members will receive potential buyers and sellers names. This would take the Club out of the loop and your customers would be dealing directly with you. After filling out your “Wish List”, the customers could contact you to get instructions on how to complete the transaction between the two of you.

I hope that in the future we will be able to receive comments on the blog but that doesn't seem to be happening at the present time. I would appreciate if you would send all comment to until I can solve this problem.

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