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WHERE TO BUY & SELL CORKSCREWS
While the objective of ICCAuctions© is to establish CollectorCorkscrews.com as the first point of call for higher value corkscrews, there is a great range of trading opportunities for the dedicated collector:
EBAY is the largest online auction site for collectibles and is by far the largest market for collectible corkscrews. Most users of ICCAuctions are regular Ebayers.
Ebay, although styled as an auction, in practice operates as a sealed bid tender as a result of the prevalence of “sniping”. Many regular bidders now use a snipe site (eg biddnapper.com, justsnipe.com., auctionsniper.com) which lodges their Ebay bid in the last 10 seconds before the listing closes, giving other bidders no chance to respond.. There has been considerable academic analysis of which selling format achieves the highest prices. The answer is ‘it depends’ on all sorts of variables such as the sophistication and temperament of the bidders, the number of bidders, the rarity of the item and how easy it is to value. As a live “ spectacle” we believe ICCAuctions is more exciting.
For sellers Ebay.com charges small insertion fees and a final value fee on successful sales of 9% subject to a maximum per listing of $100. Ebay pricing will vary from country to country and time to time. For example Ebay.com.au currently charges local sellers a 7.9% commission with a cap of $50 on the first 30 items each month.
While Ebay sale history is only available for a few months, details of past sales on Ebay and many other auctions can be found by subscribing to worthpoint.com
A great way to monitor and check realised prices on most live UK antique auctions. Also includes some European auctions. You can search for corkscrews on upcoming auctions and you can register to bid online..
Bidding on live auctions can be time consuming and bargains are rare, despite the frequently very low estimates, because the auctions are now online and attract worldwide attention.
Since Christies stopped their twice yearly corkscrew auctions in 2003 there have been no regular live specialized corkscrew auctions available for online bidding. Occasionally a collection will turn up at a general Auction house but usually it is just one-off listings. One auction house in England has conducted 3 single collection sales in recent years:
Remember that the seller is the auction house and it is up to you to assess the description, condition and authenticity of a lot. For more valuable items it may be worthwhile phoning the auction house for a “condition report”. Someone at the Auction house will usually bring the item to the phone and answer your questions to the best of their ability and may also be willing to provide additional photos by email.
The Auction house will typically charge a buyer’s premium of 15-20% on top of the hammer price. Payment and shipping must be addressed with each auction house on a case by case basis.
ONLINE CORKSCREW SOURCES
There are numerous websites offering to sell collectible corkscrews or related material (books,software). Most of these websites are operated by established corkscrew collectors who are also interested in buying corkscrews and offer to provide value estimates of collections or individual pieces. Some of the more active sites have a blog providing interesting commentary on the corkscrew market and their recent discoveries.
Don’s site is a great source of corkscrew knowledge. Don is also the most prolific corkscrew author. You can buy his books online .And he often has special sales of his own corkscrews or other collections. He is currently selling the collection of Caroll Johnson
tire-bouchons.blogspot.fr by Marc Ouvrard
tire-bouchon.reverdy.monsite-orange.fr by Bernard Reverdy
collection-privee-tire-bouchons.eu by Jean-Pierre Mascaron
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ANTIQUE FAIRS/FLEA MARKETS/MALLS
The traditional places to find corkscrews are permanent retailers at the local Antique/Old Wares/Junk/Charity shops, multiple dealer Antique Malls. Another good place to search is at periodic markets, Regional Antique/collectible Fairs and fleamarkets
Below is a selection of listings and links, mainly for interesting periodic fairs and markets:USA
Most of the corkscrew collecting clubs we have listed have annual meetings at which one of the highlights is the time set aside for “buy and sell”. In addition the annual meetings of the CCCC, which typically attract in excess of 50 members, conducts a high quality live only auction. No phone or internet bidding. The club meetings may be the best place to buy and sell because of the opportunity to physically inspect a wide range of quality corkscrews usually selling at realistic prices.
Membership of clubs also builds personal relationships with other collectors, facilitating priivate trading and swapping, a most enjoyable activity.