Medals & Militaria (German)Pricing, value and buying

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Hi Folks...back on line again at last.....I have had many emails regarding the value and way that items are priced, in particular German WWII items...Many items are priced or valued on their rarity and condition...like diamonds, and jewelry, man sets the ideal price, based n purity, and design content...its very much the same with medals, and badges, and pretty much all Militaria items.

A price guide set by past auctions can quite often be found for sale on ebay. Even is this is a few years out of date, by adding a rough 15% per year, your should'nt be to far off the current market value.....Market value is what the big "people" set as a realistic price for the items..in actual fact for the general every day person, these are only as valuable in price, to the point at which people will not pay anymore...so an item logged in official books as say, £100, may only sell for £50, because the current audience will not pay any more than that.

The rarer of items, no matter what country they originate from are often the property of the very rich, and Museums. these are more than not, well out of the ordinary person range. Many of these items are reproduced, and in my collection i have some beautiful reproductions of medals and badges, i could never hope to afford in reality.

Why do world prices vary so much from country to country?....a good question, and if i am to be blunt, its is purely greed in many cases. Not always the case though...some countries hold alot more spoils of war than others, which in effect drives the price down, because availability is so much better.....Where would I suggest you look for the best value....my answer would be the USA...but in the same breath, please beware of reproductions...check peoples feedback before you buy...ask questions about the item you wish to bid for or buy at fixed price...if a seller is genuine, he or she will not mind giving this information out.

Over seas purchases or sales, present their own problems, and the way to deal with them efficiently should be researched before buying or selling.(read ebays information about selling and buying)..there are con men and bad sellers/buyers in every country, and the USA is no exception....

I have bought many items from the USA, and most transactions have been fine..there have been a few that have not though...but they have not stopped me buying from the USA.....Polish reproductions have flooded the US market recently, and this fact has to be taken into account....check your item by reference, ask for many pictures, front back and sides...check pins on badges, and ask for history if available.

I can not offer a fixed percentage for price difference between for example the UK or the USA...an example may be a german Battle flag purchased via the US, which cost  £180....it was original, and in excellent order...the same in the UK could cost you anything up to £400...a big difference...and one that british dealers should take into account...many of the dealers i have contact with will buy much from the USA at very reasonable prices, to sell here in the UK at great profit...for the sake of all those who wish to collect, beginner or not, the option of using the net to check out prices in other countries is a great advantage....

I do not wish to be little any dealers in any country, and there are many who are honest and reasonable...its the crooks that let the side down...always check everything you want to buy completely. If you can gain history about the seller, do so...an honest seller will not mind...

I have been asked to name and shame the crooks i have come across...i can't do that, sorry, liable, and legal proceedings are not something i can afford to suffer. I am gathering a list of top class, and reasonable sellers, which when as complete as i feel it can be, i will post on my recommendations.

Please email me via my ebay account if you need any advise or help...I reply to all emails, many I can help, some i may not be able to...but i will give it a hell of a shot before i give up!!!

Basically, look around before you buy, get the best price, and be very careful when you visit Antique centres that sell militaria of any kind, especially German..these places are filled with bad stuff, at horrendously high prices...always remember, German militaria is becoming very thin on the ground...and centres like these will display stacks of very convincing items, which may well look  very immpressive and real, but not so...

i suspected a particular Antiques centre of being one, willing to shove the ignorant and inexperienced collector all the repro items it could...

I took an item i new to be fake, and told them it was...i sold it for £50...I went back two weeks later to find the item being sold as an original, at £450...think before you buy every time, this practice is very common..and sadley it spoils it for the genuine seller...Flags are a nice little earner for the con man today...they are made from similar material to that used by the Germans, and the stamping/maker marks look the part, but remember these items are at least 80 years old now, and the ink used will have faded at least some...perfect print is very uncommon, so beware.....again, i refer to the same Antique centre where a seller is pushing out German Battle flag to order..this kind of bulk just does NOT happen...don't get caught...

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