The future of shows; market cools
by Dean Albanese
Back from Pittsburgh, it was a nice show, not the best though. We did better finding new material than we did selling. (Most material will be on our site by now.) This is a good thing because that's why we go to shows, to find new treasures. I really think that the future for shows are going to be mainly for wholesalers to do business. This is because we live in the future; people can get on their computers now and view images that are so good they'll know if they like it or not. The cost for flying all over the country, hotel rooms, and meals just doesn't make sense when you can do all your shopping and viewing for free over the Internet. Plus you don't have the seller staring at you saying, "Let me know if there is anything I can help you with," or "you should really see this coin, it's just beautiful." Shows can really make me feel like a hustler sometimes and I don't like feeling like that. I think the coin should sell itself, we're just here as professionals to do the work you collectors and investors can't do, find the treasures. Also, we are here for advice and our expertise on pricing and grading, so you have confidence investing your hard earned money into our coins. Retailers who do not have nice, up to date web pages are really missing out on business, that's the truth. We appreciate all of our customers and they know they can reach us 24 hours a day just about, because we are blessed to do something we love.
For the market, I think it's cooled down a bit and leveled out to consistent pricing, which is good. Nice coins are still and always will be tough to find, and people still need to know the main thing. "You get what you pay for."
Dean Albanese, CEO, Albanese Rare Coins
Dean's father David is a Nostomania advisor. They can be reached at their outstanding web site.
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