JosephMarc - Antiques and Collectibles Showcase
As the Internet has grown, so has the marketplace for antiques and collectibles. Collectors have flocked to online auction sites trying to find a bargain. Instead of a bargain, many have been frustrated with this type of buying and can't seem to get what they want for a reasonable price. More and more collectors, dealers and just plain folks looking for value and integrity, are forming communities of their own where they can bargain with the dealer directly. They want to know the dealer's target price upfront and use their own judgment, or get help from an appraiser to determine if the price of an item is right. Collectors want to know that the dealer they are bargaining with is reputable and will be responsible if something goes wrong. There is a lot of finesse needed to be a good collector. You need time to inspect the item, time to determine the item's value and time to speak with the dealer to get its history and come to reasonable terms. Unlike the fine auction houses of the world, that spend a great deal of time authenticating and pricing their items, online auctions tend to require a leap of faith. Many times this leap is not earned by the auctioning dealer.
Dealers who truly value the art of collecting, try to sell items online as if a customer came into their own brick and mortar shop. They want the collector to know why their item is of value, its history and it's collecting potential. Collectors want to find a place where they can feel comfortable, unrushed, and fully informed before they buy. JosephMarc.com welcomes this spirit and would like to foster these intentions. We give dealer plenty of room to describe their showcase items. We provide a place to put a lot of pictures so you can see an item from all angles. We allow the buyer to ask question of the dealer before they purchase an item. We hold our dealers to a very high standard. We make them responsible to fix problems they may have caused and give a buyer recourse in the event of a problem. But you know, when there are good rules in place, there seldom is a problem. When there is a good opportunity to communicate fully, every one comes out the winner.
JosephMarc is a privately owned company. We saw the collectibles market on the internet was overburdened with fees. The biggest online auctions and malls in the market charge enough fees to raise the price of collectibles more that 20% over the brick and mortar stores. Dealers are then forced to slash their own profit margins by offering cut rate prices to compete. There is no winner here, dealers make less and buyers pay more. JosephMarc is willing to take a chance that if we just take a little from a lot of dealers, everyone will win in the end.
JosephMarc is not affiliated with any other internet site and plan to remain independent. Our purpose is to listen to our clients, develop and deliver the best possible product on the market for the lowest price possible. So far, the plan is working but we will continue to reach out to the antiques and collectibles community to find out what the problems are and find a solution. Once you are a client of JosephMarc you will notice the personalized service, the fast answers to questions, and the constant updates to the software that you have requested. Plan to be pleasantly surprised. You have our ear and our commitment.