Buyer’s fees are much like kudzu: They are invasive, spread rapidly, and choke the life out of everything they touch. For those unfamiliar with the plant, kudzu was introduced into the United States at the 1876 U.S. Centennial Celebration by the Japanese contingent. It was immediately adopted in the Southern U.S. as cheap animal fodder … Continue reading Pass-on Costs via Buyer Fees?
I like having money to spend. I try not to spend it, but just having money and knowing that I could spend it if I wanted to feels good to me. I don’t think that I’m alone in feeling this way, either. Money affects people in physical ways and I recently stumbled onto proof that … Continue reading The Pain of Parting with Cash (and the Joy of Getting It)
Walking down Main Street in Mt. Airy, N.C., I feel like I’ve stepped into a 1960s sitcom. Mt. Airy, the boyhood home of Andy Griffith, was the inspiration for his television home town of Mayberry. As I stroll by Floyd’s Barber Shop, I peek inside and notice that all the chairs are full. Not the … Continue reading Use Facebook to Build Trust in Your Brand
eBay fraud is in the news again. The headline reads: “Three eBay Fraud Rings Dismantled in Romania.” Romania must be a hotbed of Internet-scam artistry. Just a few years ago, a headline read: “Small Romanian Town Gets Rich Through eBay Scams.” They must be fast learners in Romania. The first attempts at eBay fraud included … Continue reading eBay’s Fraud Protection Plan Boosts Your Sales
Should you open an antique mall booth? The answer to that question will vary according to who you ask. Folks who have opened a booth and failed will, of course, tell you "no". Many antique dealers will tell you "no" as well, citing the fact that their sales are getting lower every year. Operators who … Continue reading Should You Open an Antique Mall Booth?
“Antique dealers don’t know anything about art” explained the art gallery owner. “You have to be really careful buying art from an antique dealer because you never know what you’re going to get”. I didn’t argue with the woman because I knew from my own experience that what she said about antique dealers and art … Continue reading Profit from Selling Estate Art
HILLSVILLE, Va., — Every Labor Day, the town of Hillsville, Va., (pop. 2,700) becomes a flea market. The town doesn’t have a flea market; it becomes a flea market — the Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show. In one weekend, the population of the town grows to nearly 500,000 people, and it takes an effort … Continue reading Hillsville Hosts Largest Flea Market East of the Mississippi