Collecting antiques used to be a tough hunting job. To get the most valuable ones, we used to rely on browsing the goods from physical stores. Enthusiasts spend days, week, and even months to get one item. Today, the Internet has facilitated a new kind of trade, the e-commerce.
E-commerce is a trading platform that allows sellers and buyers to do the transaction online. Meeting in person between the stakeholders may not be necessary. The shipment of the goods is also not limited to a particular region. In theory, e-commerce makes worldwide shipment possible, which makes it a blessing for the enthusiasts of valuable collectibles.
First Edition Books
Collecting first edition books has been a hobby of the upper-class gentlemen for centuries. Classics like William Blake, Claudius Ptolemy, William Shakespear, and Geoffrey Chaucer’s works were worth millions to book collectors. Leonardo da Vinci’s The Codex of Leicester held the record of the most expensive book ever sold. It was handed to the buyer for 30.8 million dollars.
Now, perhaps we won’t go that far in spending our money on old books. And here are some sites known for their collection of first edition books:
Shapero has a wide range of illustrated books from 15th to 20th century. What is unique about the site is that they collect rare books from unpopular fields, such as children’s books, guidebooks, travelogue, and voyage records.
They have professional curation team who can bring back tattered books back to life. Their reputation is also undoubted because they have been in the business for 200 years and more. The site is the digitalization of the physical store, Shapero Rare Books 0f 32 St. George Street, Mayfair, London.
Antiqbook gives affordable deals for bibliophiles with their motto, “Fine books, fair prices. You can quickly browse their collections from the official site.
However, Antiqbook serves more as a broker than a store. Based in the Netherlands, the site connects a craving collector to hundreds of antique booksellers worldwide.
Don’t you notice that vinyl records have gained its popularity back? People seem to be bored with the hollow feeling of possessing digital record. There is no disc to touch, and no album artwork to be put on display.
Moreover, vinyl record players are not the only outdated-but-valuable electronic. People collect old computers, radios, and televisions for decorative purpose. But due to the wide varieties of the types of outdated electronics, there is no single site specified in selling them. You have to be smart when looking for them online.
Here are two ways for you to get outdated electronics online:
Craiglist has been known as a multipurpose site. You can search for groups or threads of old electronic devices, and you can start browsing through the list.
eBay is the biggest e-commerce platform that sells many types of item, including old electronics. By searching through eBay, you may get lucky encountering a collectible of which the value is unknown to the seller. In other words, you can get a valuable collectible with a low price.
Being a collector demands a sharp guts instinct of a hunter. Although the sites above are verified, you should not stop investigating further and use any necessary means to get the goods you desire. For example, social media also offer an opportunity for collectors. What you need is a dedication to look for the threads.