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The TV Lamp Collectors Blog » Blog Archive » Have Postal Hikes put the Whammy on Auction Activity?

Have Postal Hikes put the Whammy on Auction Activity?


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I’m going to have to say yes, the rising cost of shipping has curtailed the frenzied trading of TV lamps on eBay, at least to an extent. Long-time collectors are accustomed to seeing the holidays slow down activity, but in the past couple of months have shown a similar downturn. I’m always watching the number of listings in eBay’s TV lamp category, a total that was until recently in the 300-350 range. Now it’s wheezing along at closer to 200 (222 as I write this), with no apparent cause. (unless you consider that back-to-school preparations could have people occupied) I’m inclined to believe that the cost of shipping a lamp, perhaps $12 before and now more like $25, to be the culprit. Smart sellers are going to charge the increase, and savvy buyers are going to take it into consideration when bidding.

I don’t believe that buying at auction is doomed, but rather in a period of adjustment, as bidders are still going to throw astronomical bids at Lane & Co. Flamingos and Claes Basset Hounds. What remains to be seen is the activity on “entry level” TV lamps, as buyers now find themselves paying something like $50 for that “bargain” $25 lamp. (an heaven help anyone that pays to ship a table lamp with shade!) Time will tell, but at least in the sort-term I believe antique malls are going to look more and more like an attractive resource for acquisitions.

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