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The Collectors Newsletter #804 -- May 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #804 -- May 2010
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2. Stories From our Readers
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4. Your Classifieds
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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The Antique Telephone Collectors Association, or ATCA, is the largest telephone collectors organization in the world. Chartered in 1971 as a non-profit corporation by the state of Kansas, its over 1500 active members are located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
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2) We want your stories. Do you have any stories related to your adventures collecting? Share them with us. Put together a few choice words and email them to me at Phil@TIAS.com
To Lisa from Lakewood..
I have 3 boys and one of the first things I taught them was to be kind and polite, and never tell people or each other to "shut-up"..that's just so rude! Everyone has opinions and has the freedom to agree or disagree, like it or not! You have P'd- off this reader, that's for sure!
I'm one who is opposed to American Pickers..those 2 guys, (especially Mike) are ao snide and sneaky..that's what irks me the most about the program!
It's the hiding behind sheds, sleezy talk about how they can "shake the old person down"..using a bit of con artistry & Psychology on them..acting like their interested in the Old Folks long drawn out stories..their half listening with fake looks, grins, and eyeballing what's around them all with inpatient looks written all over their faces.
Sometimes actions, speak louder than words!
What ever they make is pure 100% profit..overhead expenses are all paid for as I am sure they also get paid for being reality TV "actors" An end Cha-Ching total profit of 300.00 or less, like they show a day just isn't getting it, if they were paying on their own for travel,food,gas, car mainteince, etc.! Do the figuring!
..and don't you just luv the comfort & luxury they have of driving around a Marcedes van?
I do like Pawn Stars. Anything that looks like a piece of history is explained, and questionable items are appraised first. It's then up to the seller to decide if he wants to keep it or give it up for the offered amount. Naturally any type of B&M dealer will offer less that half, to gain a profit.
Most of these people are looking for fast $$CASH$$ in their pockets, they don't want to waste time and energy using an auction house, eBaying or paying for advertising elsewhere, so I'm sure that's all taken in to consideration by the seller.
I would also think it's a universal fact of knowledge that Pawn shops are profit making enities..so this program is just one that is showing how it's business is being run, and the strange and exciting items people want to sell..Jane Anne, FLa.
Referencing Kathy Adams comments on the show Pawn Stars.
Are you serious? How much do you think it costs to operate out of the huge facility they have in a prime location in Las Vegas? They pay rent or a mortgage, utilities, taxes, upkeep, accountants, supplies, etc. How much do you think it costs to pay all those employees? Wages, FICA, workmen's comp, benefits, etc. There are many more expenses that you can't even imagine in running a business.
When someone comes in and they agree on a price the pawn shop pays for the items immediately but by law they have to store them for a certain amount of time before they can even put them up for sale. All the while their money is tied up. Then they have to wait until the right customer comes along to buy the items.
Nobody twists the arms of the people who come in to sell their items. They aren't belittled into selling them. You said, "I have also seen those who knew how much they should get and the Pawn Stars wouldn't budge on their price." A lot of people have an inflated idea that they think they should be able to get for their stuff. Rick and the boys tell people up front what it is worth to them. They know what it costs them to run their operation. If the sellers don't like what they are offered they get to walk away with their "treasures" and try to get a better price elsewhere. When an expert in brought in to value an item they are giving a "in a perfect world" estimate. Merchandise rarely gets that kind of return.
Sure, pawn shops can make very good money but they work and pay hard to do so. Pawn Stars shows the workings of the business and you can't possibly know that they are taking advantage of anyone until you walk in their shoes....A Business owner in Virginia
In response to Kathy's comment about the show Pawn Stars: I would like to say that I have mixed opinions about this show. I believe that it's the responsibility of the seller to find out what they have and to know the approximate value. The Pawn Star owners are in the business of making money and getting something for nothing, basically. I agree that they do cheat people when they knowingly lowball an offer; knowing that the item is worth much more than the seller realizes. But, I suppose the bottom line is - if you are selling something and don't want to get ripped off - then you should take the time to find out about what you have. On the other hand, as the proprietors of a business like this, I personally feel that they have a certain responsibility to be honest and above board with their patrons. I know they call in experts to evaluate items that appear to be very valuable or rare but I honestly get the feeling that this is more to protect them than to give the seller a better advantage. One of the most frustrating deals I've witnessed to date on this show is a young man who came in with an item from his grandfather that was valued by the expert at up to THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS - all they offered him was $12,000 and the idiot took it (sorry) but that's how I felt about him. He was young and to him, the thought of $12,000 in the hand was better than waiting and allowing someone honest to handle it for him. I was furious - just as I'm sure his family was when they saw the show. They should have given him a FAIR amount of money - but they've been in the business long enough to spot a young guy who will take an offer like that - or someone who can't wait to get back to the slot machines or gaming tables. Frankly, I couldn't sleep at night if I took advantage of people the way they do. The "Pickers" are entirely different. They rescue rusting junk and make a small profit on it. Regarding the "show being a setup" - well sure they have to make sure the seller is going to allow them to film and allow them to go through all their junk, and sign releases to be on television - it would be a waste of time and money if they were just flying by the seat of their pants. I personally feel that the "dealing" which takes place is shot as it happens - that can't be rehearsed. Still, I continue to watch both shows and even though Pawn Stars makes me angry - I feel that I learn a lot from the experts on it. Judy, Jacksonville, Fla.
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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HI every one. Love the funny stuff so much so had to add my own. On every Wednesday I would go pick up my grand children from school and bring them home for dinner and they would spend the night and I would take them to school the next morning. As we were coming home on day my grand son Wes said to me I spent the weekend with my friend and his dog bit me. My gosh I said what kind of a dog was it. It was a pipple. Now I thought I new a lot about dogs but I had never heard of a pipple. I never heard of pipple what kind of a dog is it. My grand daughter Molly was in the back seat and she said "Grandma! he didn't say pipple, He said pit bull" I laughed so hard I could hardly drive. If you say the word pit bull really fast it sounds just like you said pipple. We still laugh every time some one mentions a pit bull. Kaye
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Victoria requested a recipe for " lemon cream cookies". We received the following...
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (18 ounce) package lemon cake mix
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 375.
Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
Mix in 1/2 of the cake mix, the egg and the vanilla until smooth.
Stir in remaining cake mix.
Drob by teaspoons.
on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes.
Makes 24-36 cookies
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10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
Has anyone ever had a dessert called "Earthquake" I think its called that because of the cracks that for when it is baked. I'd love to try this recipe... Cyril
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Good O' Days
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