How To Spot A Fake Collectors Item

As with every industry there are inevitable downsides. It’s every collector’s worst nightmare to buy a sham counterfeit piece and only discover when it’s too late. So how do you spot a fake and avoid disaster? Read on.

Pre-buying stage:

  • Do your research. Know exactly what to look for in your chosen collectable. Read price guides, look at detailed photographs, learn about the materials and craftsmanship, be across style variations, rarity etc.
  • Be across the latest news and updates. Buy collectors magazines and subscribe to industry newsletters. If you are aware of the latest news you should be.
  • Become an active member of the Hunter Collector community. Connect with and learn from similar people with shared interests. We can call learn from each others mistakes and share stories and tips.

Now you’ve done all your research you’re ready to buy. You should know what to expect from items in your chosen category.

Buyer Questions:

  • What condition is it in? Does it have signs of wear and tear appropriate with age?
  • Is it under-priced or over-priced?
  • Is this seller reputable? A quick Google search of your seller can reveal ratings and reviews.
  • Will this item hold its value?
  • How big is the resale potential?
  • Does it have an authentication certificate? If not, the price should reflect this.

Remember: if the item seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Ready To Buy:

  • Get a receipt for the item. Make sure it has the sellers contact details for your own records.
  • Ask the seller to sign a declaration of authenticity. If they’re not prepared to then rethink the purchase.
  • It’s also worth asking for a cash discount. You can save money here and the worst that can happen is they’ll say no!

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