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A "favorite dealer" question.

keetskeets Posts: 25,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

Does your favorite dealer have a physical location that you are able to go to?? ---or--- Are you only able to see your favorite dealer at shows or buy/sell online??

Thanks in advance.

Al H.


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    ModCrewmanModCrewman Posts: 4,027 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Definitely a B&M storefront....that would be the case for all of my favorite dealers.

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    AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,538 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No dealers for me, just coins.

    bob :)

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    U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,609 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Some do, others don’t; but they are all linked by the great equalizer known as eBay.

    Just saying that should net me 10% ebucks, right? :D

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    oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,900 ✭✭✭✭✭

    B&M and normally have a major show presence.

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    MorganMan94MorganMan94 Posts: 1,330 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My top five are my favorite dealers because they have a store front.

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    KccoinKccoin Posts: 1,086 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Favorite dealer #1 B&m presence which I visit regularly. Stocks whatever walks in the door, and I can sometimes be one of the first shots at something good

    Favorite dealer #2 has B&m presence which I have never visited. Sets up at regional shows and has sold me a few nice coins. Prices are "going rate" which is fine for choice coins

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    dpooledpoole Posts: 5,940 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My favorite dealer(s) are all online. I may see them at shows. Otherwise, they inform me of something they think I'm looking for or I spot something on their website, they send it to me on approval, and we negotiate/close the deal. I get good pre-screening as well.

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,974 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 9, 2017 2:57PM

    My favorite dealers are those who have the good coins.

    Most all have websites and some have physical locations.

    “I may not believe in myself but I believe in what I’m doing” ~Jimmy Page~

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    lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,829 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I see my favorite dealers 3x per year (face-to-face) in Baltimore, and at least on "online"...

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,303 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have only met my favorite dealer one time at a Baltimore show 10 or so years ago. While they have a store front, I only do business with them via internet. I'm not counting my favorite people I buy from on this forum. I've not seen most of them either.

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    keetskeets Posts: 25,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ** I'm not counting my favorite people I buy from on this forum. I've not seen most of them either.**

    you need to try to do that, it will be a memorable experience.

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    WmwoodWmwood Posts: 102 ✭✭

    All 3 are brick and mortar, love them. Brick and mortar coin shops rule!

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have no local dealers... so I have dealt with forum members, limited ebay, and a couple of internet sites... no favorites on the net. Cheers, RickO

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    FairlanemanFairlaneman Posts: 10,404 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Has store and is also on Ebay. Close to 30 years of Buying and Selling with him. Was just at his store Monday and sold and bought coins.


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    ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,333 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My favorite dealer has a shop here in town. They also go to the local shows.

    Collector, occasional seller

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    ECHOESECHOES Posts: 2,974 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ModCrewman said:
    Definitely a B&M storefront....that would be the case for all of my favorite dealers.


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    topstuftopstuf Posts: 14,803 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Online dealers are STOMPING eBay.

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    goldengolden Posts: 9,062 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Have not had a B&M around here in about 4 years. My favorite dealers are at shows.

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,484 ✭✭✭✭✭

    On-line or at the shows for me. The better term is "favorite dealers" because there are a number of dealers who are on my first see, second see and third to see at the show. There are also the "last to see" and "do not resuscitate" dealers on my list.

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    ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,893 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 9, 2017 6:14PM

    My favorite dealer when I started collecting had a B&M I would frequent but not recently. These days, I collect fairly esoteric things and also unfortunately don't have time to spend at B&Ms at the moment. Perhaps in the future I will again.

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    JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 22,847 ✭✭✭✭✭

    None have a store.


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    BillyKingsleyBillyKingsley Posts: 2,661 ✭✭✭✭

    My only local shop closed up some time last year. Went to visit (shop) and the store was empty. My favorite dealer has never had a storefront.

    Billy Kingsley ANA R-3146356 Cardboard History // Numismatic History
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    TreashuntTreashunt Posts: 6,747 ✭✭✭✭✭

    only at a monthly show


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    keetskeets Posts: 25,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    my sense from the replies thus far is twofold: the internet is both the cause and the solution for the disappearance of Brick and Mortar storefront Coin Shops. in the economic world of today it is almost unavoidable.

    maybe I can use my boss as an example. I first met him in 1987 when he had what I believe was his first B&M, doing coins/jewelry/pawns. the store was small, probably around 1,000 sq. ft. in total. since then he has moved several times and going from small to big to small, back to bigger and smaller to biggest and now to where we are, a little under 5,000 sq. ft. in total, showroom and storage. his largest store(including pawns) was about 20,000 sq. ft. with storage for about 15-40 cars/MC's and other stuff, both inside and outside. at his smallest he did only coins and had about 700 sq. ft. while still doing retail.

    you can imagine the overhead with the larger space, not just rent/utilities but also employees, as many as 1-3 full time and 1-2 part time depending on the size. in his smallest space he was a one trick pony.

    I can see the owner of even a large scale operation turning away from a storefront. doing things out of your home or a small office space with almost no overhead and the promise of better security and very, very flexible hours would be tempting. in addition to that there is one factor that is inescapable --- without a retail space there is no need for the added stress of dealing with the general public.

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    RayboRaybo Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My "favorite" was a dealer that I see once a year at the Central States Show because he represented my series that many dealers and collectors are not that interested in.
    Last April I discovered he was a total jerk and yes, he does have a big online presents because he did nothing but complain how bad the show was and this was 10:30 AM on Thursday (doors open up to the public at 10:00 AM, the first day the public is allowed into the show). He was gone the next morning as usual.
    I will gladly elaborate for anyone that is interested through PM's.

    Rant over,

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