~ INFORMATION FOR THOSE OF YOU
WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE TRADE ~
Many of you write us asking for information about our trade discounts. We appreciate your interest in our items and we are always happy to hear from people interested in purchasing from us. We read all the email we receive from people interested in buying our items. Please excuse this automated reply to your request for our Terms For The Trade. We hope this FAQ is helpful to you.
We are a Wholesale To The Trade business and do not sell by the piece. Our items are available for purchase only to members of the Trade in good standing who wish to purchase lots for resale. Our minimum trade purchase requirement is $1000. USD. This does not apply to a single item for over $1000. Prices stated on this website are wholesale and individual items cannot be further discounted.
If you are an individual wishing to purchase a single item or a small group of items, please click here for a site map to our EBAY STORES.
Our representation of the pieces we sell is available for every item on its listing sale page. Each listing sale page includes descriptions of the work which represent our professional evaluation of its authorship, quality, merits, and provenance, above and beyond the ways in which the work speaks for itself.
The majority of the items we sell are "one of a kind" items. The art we sell is original art that has been manually created by an individual, passed through a number of generations of hands, and finally, typically after decades or even centuries of display and/or storage, has found its way into our hands. We do not sell recent replicas of anything, nor do we sell modern copies made in China. We do our best to describe the condition of our items, including what we know of the provenance, and to specifically point out by word and photograph anything we (in our professional opinion) consider unusual or untoward about an item.
MINIMUM PURCHASE REQUIREMENTS
Our minimum trade purchase requirement is $1000. USD.
This does not apply to a single item for over $1000.
If you are interested in purchasing directly from us a number of items that together add up to $1000.00 or more, and NOT a single item for over $1000.00, and you can substantiate to our satisfaction that you are a professional member of the trade in good standing, then we can offer a 10% discount on your total before shipping, and we will do our utmost to combine what items we can to hold down shipping and handling costs.
Trade purchases are not returnable for refunds and these sales are final; ask any questions before you buy.
It costs us time and effort to ship items singly. Like any merchant, we save time and money making a large-dollar sale rather than a number of small ones. When you buy a number of items from us simultaneously, you can save a a significant amount on the shipping charges, assuming those items can be safely packed and shipped together.
All special offers, including trade invoices, are good for 24 hours from time of issuance. Trade Payments must be made via PayPal only. If we have not received your PayPal payment in full within 24 hours, the items revert to their normal terms and prices.
We do not hold items. Items are shipped the first business day following receipt of payment, generally via UPS GROUND within the lower 48 USA and outside the lower 48 and overseas via the US Postal Service. Since we do not have a full service post office on our island, we reserve the right to choose the shipping method that is the safest in our professional opinion.
WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT OFFERS OR TO FURTHER LOWER OUR PRICES.
We list our items for their absolute minimum appropriate price. In doing so, we have a lot of information: what we paid for it, what the items sells for in the market, what it's "worth" in an efficient marketplace, etc.
Instead of asking us about the price, you should be asking yourself 'Why am I nervous?' Our items are well worth their prices, but if you're not sure about this, not sure if you want it, like it, or understand it, then you will be nervous at any price. Our recommendation to you is that you research the piece in which you are interested, try to understand why you are nervous, and then make an informed decision about whether or not to purchase it.
The fact that a piece may take time to sell is not a reflection of the worth or value of the piece, it is simply an artifact of the marketplace. There are literally millions of pieces available, and they are typically "on the market" for brief periods of time.
The reason a piece hasn't yet sold is not that it's worth only a fraction of our price, it's because the right buyer hasn't yet seen it. As with real estate: you don't sell a fabulous house in a week; you wait for the right buyer who really loves it.
We have been selling for many years, and could tell you innumerable stories of pieces that suddenly sold after weeks or months in a "store." For example, items sold at auctions will often sell for many times their minimum bids after attracting no bids or buyers the first few times they are offered. It sounds odd, but that's the way it is. The items we offer are easily worth the prices we have set for them and we will eventually sell them for that or more.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL. PLEASE ASK ANY
QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY PURCHASE.
Yes, we do share our expertise; we have a limited amount of time available to assist others with evaluating pieces. We do, however, charge for our services; our expertise took us a lifetime to acquire, cost us a fortune and it's very rare.For information on our APPRAISAL SERVICES click here.
If you have read this FAQ and still have a question, by all means send an email to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.