I won’t go as far as to say I hate it. I’ve been buying and selling on there since my 16 year old was born. I’ve made some decent money with it. But…….
It’s JUST STUFF and these avid collectors take it all way to fucking serious.
Right now I’m selling some Native American artifacts and vintage Wild West Americana for a client. Nice guy. He’s sick. Can’t work. So he is liquidating his entire collection and gave me a dozen items to start with….to test me out. I get it. Completely. I do a lot of hand holding and anxiety easing. This has been the case in most jobs I’ve held so it doesn’t surprise or bother me one bit. I find it funny that people look to me for something I was never given much of in life and I still manage to do it well.
I get that it’s not easy for anyone to give a stranger their possessions and trust they will do what they claim to do. I get that no matter how trustworthy I seem this is not an easy ask. But when people I don’t know and have never seen or met start harassing me online claiming I’m a fraud and that I am a thief I sometimes get irritated. Yesterday I told one potential buyer who accused me of not knowing what I’m selling “whoever told you your opinion matters lied to you”.
It was all I could do. If I could reach through the computer, tie him up and whip him until he cried and sobbed deep heartfel apologies I most definitely would have.
I do my best. I take what my client tells me. I do my own research and when needed I pay online authenticators to assist me and I go with that. I’ve sold everything from cars to industrial machinery to high end art and instruments. Almost anything you can think of honestly. I even sold someone’s wedding dress they never used. These things mean nothing to me. They hold zero sentimental value. I list them accurately because it’s the right thing to do, I don’t want returns and I value my 100% feedback rating.
I am grateful I have a secondary stream of revenue, but it’s one I will be VERY happy to put away one day….hopefully.
Because at the end of the day they are STILL just things and frankly j just can’t be bothered to really care.
Here is his latest message. Mind you. I do not know this person. How I have not lost my faith in humanity astounds even me sometimes. 🤷🏽♀️🙄🤨