For many years, the number one place to buy and sell collectibles was eBay when it came to online venues. We're always looking at the options opening up to dealers and collectors, and in Sunday's issue of EcommerceBytes Update, Greg Holden is taking another look at the state of online collecting.
We know that lots of dealers sell vintage goods on Etsy - it's known for handmade goods, but it allows vintage goods and supplies as well. And there are smaller and niche sites (BidStart, eBid, Delcampe, Bonanza, eCrater, etc.) And of course, there's Ruby Lane and Tias.
In October, readers noted
that Facebook can be a good place to sell, with one seller reporting they'd been selling antiques and primitives in Facebook groups for almost 6 years!
Some readers said they benefit from posting on social media sites to generate views or sales in their shops, while others did not.
And one reader pointed out the difference between pro dealers and hobbyists. "Being an admin on the large yard sale group I monitor postings closely and I can factually state, there are many successful sellers, but most are home based or hobby sellers like me."
Even Amazon has tried to get in on the act, launching stores for Sports Collectibles, Entertainment Collectibles, Fine Art, Wine, and Collectible Coins. But could Amazon ever work well as a selling venue for the average antiques/vintage dealers?
We'd like to throw it out to you, our readers. Where do you go to buy collectibles? And on what venues do you sell collectibles? Do social networking sites contribute to traffic or sales?
And stay tuned for Greg's report on Sunday.