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madpaddla
02-22-2013, 07:03 PM
Hello all,

This conversation about a hobby we love is just that, a conversation. I hope this does not get very heated etc, just looking for your thoughts.

Past: Went to the Baltimore bottle show last year, brought about $400. Here in New England we dont have many many colored squats and I was on the hunt. But sadly I only found two colored sodas and one had an unadvertised crack but I got it for $10 so I thought something was up. No harm no foul. But I was amazed at how few squats were available for $50 and under.

Current: I bought these on ebay in the past month for $23 Shaal and $48 for the other.

I understand that there are set up costs, high travel costs.....completely understood. I just thought there would be more squats, especially in an area that produced so many.

Last point: I cant not say it enough that I would prefer to purchase at bottle shows, its great to meet people and talk about a hobby we all love.



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madpaddla
02-22-2013, 07:04 PM
Iron Pontil shot. I always hunt these blue pages for pontil pics.

Thanks everyone.

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bubbas dad
02-22-2013, 07:47 PM
i have gotten many bottles from ebay that i would never have found local. i enjoy the local show very much but am not inclined to travel to other shows. to me ebay offers a way to add bottles to my collection that i would never have a chance at otherwise.

cyberdigger
02-22-2013, 07:54 PM
I do as much of both as possible.. ebay is fine if you have the self-control about bidding.. lots of stuff gets stupid high on the bay.. shows are always awesome, I usually come home with a box full of stuff.. the 'combined shipping' helps at the shows, and you get to play with them before you buy.... [;)]

epackage
02-22-2013, 08:04 PM
ORIGINAL: cyberdigger

I do as much of both as possible.. ebay is fine if you have the self-control about bidding.. lots of stuff gets stupid high on the bay.. shows are always awesome, I usually come home with a box full of stuff.. the 'combined shipping' helps at the shows, and you get to play with them before you buy.... [;)]

I agree totally, I've never left a bottle show without a box full of bottles...

stlouisbottles
02-22-2013, 08:27 PM
I myself enjoy going to the bottle show's buying bottles, you get to hold the bottle in your hand and you meet a lot of great people! I am sometimes unable to travel to far away from home because of work and recent injuries to my back and shoulder. I cannot wait to retire!

tigue710
02-22-2013, 08:31 PM
ORIGINAL: epackage



ORIGINAL: cyberdigger

I do as much of both as possible.. ebay is fine if you have the self-control about bidding.. lots of stuff gets stupid high on the bay.. shows are always awesome, I usually come home with a box full of stuff.. the 'combined shipping' helps at the shows, and you get to play with them before you buy.... [;)]

I agree totally, I've never left a bottle show without a box full of bottles...



I'm with Charlie on this one, but I have found that ebay has been letting some great bottles go cheap lately, if your looking in the right places and certain categories... on the other hand an Eastern Cider Squat in Amber will get 150-200 on ebay right now and I can pick them up at shows for 90 bucks. The last show I went to (out west here) I got some awesome deals on eastern glass that were far better then I could get them on ebay or out east at a show, then a month ago I sold a 5-600 dollar flask on ebay for 300 bucks!

You would love a Western show Ben, rows and rows of blue and green squat soda's... usually 50 plus though...

UncleBruce
02-22-2013, 11:20 PM
One has to do a LOT OF LOOKIN' to do a LITTLE FINDIN'. Stuff rarely falls into you lap with out quite a bit of effort. Enjoy both venues and keep at it.

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Bottleworm
02-22-2013, 11:26 PM
I love Ebay. It is easy to use and there is always stuff being listed. I am an EBay fan but then again I have never been to a bottle show. Wonder what they are like[8|]

antlerman23
02-23-2013, 12:27 PM
to be 100% honest, if the bottle isnt local to me, price is the single most important factor.
all of my bottles so far have come from flea markets, this forum, or ebay, and most were cheap!
i am really hoping that there are some deals at the show this spring!
i like ebay, but i think the show will be WAY better

baltbottles
02-23-2013, 07:02 PM
I think you have to look at how most dealers get the bottles they are selling. Most Dealers are not diggers and all the items on their table were bought. Take your C. Shaal for example. To me $23 seems like a good deal. But most dealers if they had bought that bottle would then likely have it tumbled which would probably cost another $20 so now they have $43 into that bottle. Then they want to make a decent profit of probably around $20 so now you have to get $63 for the bottle to make it worth selling . So they would likely sit the bottle on their table with a $70- $75 price tag on it. So buyers can talk them down a little.

Now the big problem with this is that you now have a fairly common Philly soda thats overpriced in my opinion. So the bottle is likely to sit on your table for many shows. One of the things I hate most at shows are dealers that never seem to have any fresh inventory. They have the same overpriced bottles year after year.

My favorite tables to check out at any show are those of very active privy diggers as they always have new and interesting stuff and the prices are usually quite reasonable. And rarely has anything been tumbled or messed with.

Chris

cowseatmaize
02-23-2013, 08:09 PM
I go to shows to force myself to be in crowded places and meet people (kind of a phobia). I'm probably not very welcome for the never bringing more than $30 but I always end up having a good time and grab a few things from dollar boxes.
Ebay never knows I'm there and aren't going to spend. [:D][:D][:D]

ratbastard
02-24-2013, 11:43 AM
i buy off ebay or my local antique stores as there are no bottle shows in my area.

saratogadriver
02-24-2013, 11:47 AM
I mainly only go to the Keene show, it's a 30 year plus family tradition at this point... I get better deals at Keene on inks generally than I do on ebay. However, I see way more stuff that I'm interested in on ebay than I do at Keene. Ebay has, IMO, hurt the shows somewhat. Why would you sell a mid-west medicine at Keene when you can put it up on ebay and get local mid-west collectors to bid on it? Ebay draws a huge audience. Bottle shows draw a limited, and usually local, audience.

Jim G