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5-METHODS / Help identify and value most items in minutes.
#1 / Pricing Demos
ID & Value Most Items in Minutes
Example: Antique & Vintage Pricing16-Minute Video by Vintage Picker Crazy Lamp Lady: Shares fast, free, easy steps to ID and value older items in minutes, using eBay.
- Tool: eBay
Crazy Lamp Lady also has a 40,000+ member Facebook Group named Old Things Thrifters and Pickers. Members help each other ID items and swap buy and sell tips involving various older items. She also shares many tips for a variety of selling venues, including eBay, on her YouTube channel.
#2 / Enthusiast Groups
Lightning Fast Identification
Enthusiast groups are hard to beat for a fast ID of a mystery item. It's not uncommon to see an obscure item posted in a large group. Be correctly identified in under 10-minutes.
7-Million Years of Knowledge?
One Group, What is this? Antique, vintage, and unusual item identification has over 190,000 members on Facebook.
Multiply an average Facebook users age (40) by 190,000. That's 7-million years of combined life experience and knowledge, in one group.
All, interested in antique and vintage. Many, eager to identify your item or share helpful research tips.
Making it a potentially valuable first stop for anyone wanting to solve a mystery, fast.1-Minute Video by Facebook: Demonstrates basics of finding and joining enthusiast groups.
- TIP > Large active groups generally provide the fastest response time.
Most groups (public and private) offer free memberships with a simple registration, and your agreement to follow their rules of conduct.
A small number, ask for a donation or charge a fee. Asking for a free trial membership (if not offered) sometimes works.
Because it's difficult to know if every opinion can be qualified as a good one (especially in matters of value). Always do your own research and seek advice from reputable specialist to verify all information.
#3 / Find Reputable Specialist
Offering Free Appraisals & Advice4-Minute Video by JB Coins: Demonstrates how free online appraisals work. The same process applies to most free appraiser categories
#4 / Fast Image Search
Leverage 'AI' Super-Computing
This method shows you how to upload a photo of your item. Then let artificial intelligence (AI) find related images online to help ID your item.1-Minute Video by Google: Demonstrates basic steps for an image search.
- Tool: Google Image Search
#5 / Public Library
Try Before You Buy
Good ID books and price guides can often provide helpful tips to identify items.
The library can be a great resource. It's also a way to try before you buy. Amazon.com reviews can help find books others found helpful.1-Minute Video: If you can't find a book at your local library. This video demonstrates how to get it through an Interlibrary Loan.
Tool: Find a library book
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- Finds Money - Correct ID, helps find accurate ballpark values, and may find hidden money makers.
- Saves Time - By using effective free resources that ID most-items fast.
- Several Methods May Be Needed - To gather enough clues to properly ID your item.
- Unique Rare Items - Often take extra time and may need help from reputable specialist.
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LAST UPDATE / by James Massey, November 4, 2020 .