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April 30, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques Advice — Harriet

Many of those outside Cumbria imagine it to be a county where it’s hard enough to shop for groceries, let alone buy antique furniture! However, the majority of the population live in towns such as Kendal and Carlisle, where there is a plentiful supply of both supermarkets and antique shops.

For those who do live out of the way, however, there may be no alternative but to shop for goods online. Yet while this is fine for the weekly shop from Tesco’s, it’s not such a good idea for valuable furniture such as antique desks. In Cumbria, few people would buy a second-hand car without seeing it first, and the same rules apply to antiques – unless of course the reputable dealer offers that you can refuse it on sight. After all, a good quality antique dining table by a Lancashire name like Gillows can easily carry the same price tag as a new motor. You want to make sure the maker’s mark and quality are as advertised.

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to get ripped off when buying from internet traders – by which, we mean those without a “bricks and mortar” presence. While there are many honest online dealers who trade in this fashion, the risks are just too great. Often, vendors are just “go betweens” who never get to see the products they sell. They are not specialists, merely merchants looking for a profit. Often, the “photos” are library images, or stolen from reputable dealers’ sites. They are often located offshore, where the incidence of internet scams is high.

Antique dealers in towns like Preston want their antique desks to be available to as many customers as possible, and often have an online presence. These are the sites to aim for.

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