Readers’ Letters: Disappointed in show cancellation; Good examples of bad business behavior

Subscribers give feedback on why show promoters should make their events easy and convenient for attendees to visit by allowing pets at outdoor antiques fairs; how one auctioneer cheated a bidder out of a rare Hopalong Cassidy lunch box and wonderful comment on Antique Trader’s new format and free Picker’s List want ad service (only for subscribers).
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Regardless of changes, this eBay business is thriving

A subscriber writes that despite so many criticisms leveled at online auction giant eBay, his sales are increasing. In fact, even during the worst of the recession, his sales on eBay stayed consistent. "While we are certainly not fan of eBay’s feedback system that gives far too much power for the occasional unreasonable customer to affect a seller’s search position and fee discounting, it seems that much of the discontent that we read in your Letters to Editor indicates that eBay somehow owes its sellers something."
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How I Started Collecting: Reader’s reflect on their first experiences with collecting

From broken soup tureens to granddad’s Indian arrowhead hunting trips, Antique Trader subscribers share their most valued memories of their first experiences in collecting. These funny, poignant letters reflect Antique Trader’s ongoing effort to foster a new generation’s appreciation for the hunt for precious objects. All letters are eligible to win a copy of the out of print book "Secrets to Affordable Collecting" by Frank Farmer Loomis IV.
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Readers’ Letters: Rare Candlewick glass ring holder was too good to pass up – no matter the cost

Imperial developed Candlewick in 1935. Hundreds of different items were made. Candlewick became the choice of many brides as their wedding crystal. I started collecting and writing in 1978 after discovering this beautiful crystal at garage sales. Eventually I learned that out of all the pieces produced, there was only one piece that had the Imperial logo impressed in the crystal. Researching it was no help. I could not learn how many were produced, when, or why.
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Readers’ Letters: As fee change deadline looms, eBay sellers ramp up complaints

eBay buyers and sellers continue to rip into the company after it announced another round of fee increases, this time charging a 9 percent fee on shipping charges. One reader writes: "I live near a small town in southern Colorado where the business is dominated by antique malls. Last week I went into one of the malls and asked the owner how business had been as it’s usually slow during the early Spring months. She brightened and said ‘It’s been great. Every time eBay changes the fees and rules and hurts more sellers my business picks up.’ She closed by saying "Go, ebay!"
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The Picker’s List: Readers seeking baby feeder dishes, Yonezawa toys, vintage refrigerator dishes, German helmets and more!

The Picker’s List is your chance to complete your collections. We want to know what you’re looking for, how long have you been searching and any other details you’d like to share. You must be a subscriber to be listed in the Picker’s List or reply to a request.  If you would like to hear directly from other readers who have the items you’re looking for, please let us know when you submit your list and we’ll include your contact information. Otherwise, we’ll even forward you the leads we receive. Subscribe today and get a full year of Antique Trader at the special price of just $26! Read More +

eBay buyers and sellers furious over new fee changes

eBay buyers and sellers rip into the company after it announces another round of fee increases, this time charging a 9 percent fee on shipping charges. The move has longtime and potential customers concerned about the future of the antiques and collectibles business on the online auction site, a market segment which they see as responsible for eBay’s early growth and popularity.
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