A Brief Guide to Collecting Old Paintings On Ebay

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Ebay is a good place to buy old and affordable paintings. I am never ceased to be amazed at the interesting and varied pieces offered by some sellers. I first started some years ago on Ebay by buying old paintings. It was a hobby that turned into a passion- and ultimately a business! Now that Ebay search results have changed hopefully it will be a little easier for you to find just what you are looking for. I, as well as many other Ebay painting sellers, start most of my listings at just 99p- so if you get a moment please do take a look at what is offered and pick up a bargain or two! Below is a brief guide to successful buying on Ebay. I hope you find it informative and remember- Ebay is fun!

  • Perhaps the best way of starting is to look at a sellers feedback rating- you can usually tell a dedicated seller from this information. More importantly look at the detailed seller ratings- how have buyers responded to this seller? Take a few moments to look at some of the comments made by buyers- are they happy? If "wrapped well" occurs frequently then you know you are dealing with a responsible person who cares.
  • Try to read the sellers "ME PAGE". This is often informative and gives you an insight into who you are dealing with. Most responsible sellers will always usually have terms and conditions on this page. Familiarise yourself with art terms and phrases.
  • Always read the item description before placing a bid. Does the seller mention artist, attributions, condition and size? These are important factors when buying a painting. Is there any provenance?
  • If in doubt or you are unsure about anything- always email the seller before placing a bid. Ask a question- no matter how small or long, and usually you will receive a response within 24 hours. Personally I have met some wonderful buyers through the contact seller process.
  • If, in the unlikely event you are not happy with a purchase- contact the seller. Most dealers have return policies and always try to help.

And finally- ENJOY it! Ebay is fun- don't just take my word for it. There are numerous dedicated on-line sellers who offer a multitude of varied and interesting pieces. It's not just me- for instance take a brief look at GREATBRITISHPAINTINGS, SHERWOODFORESTFINEARTS, LEIGHTONFINEARTS, TRADEANTIQUES, PRIORY-FINE-ART, RIGHTTHING to name but a few. All have great feedback ratings and nice items to buy. 

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