Posted 26 January 2007 - 01:10 PM
Before now I never thought about Avon in that way, but you are right. I learn something all the time from you all on this board and Katita's comment did bring a laugh to me too.
Kasi, you go ahead and vent. You bring up some important points as well.
Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:14 PM
Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:21 PM
Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:26 PM
Since you were talking about the CHEAP Carousel solid perfume, I have to give my comment:
First of all, I'm the lucky buyer - Woody, THANK YOU SO MUCH for making it affordable for me. I'm just sorry that you offered it on eBay because you now have to pay all the fees ... I'm sure we'll have arrangements in the future to cover that as always.
Second: It is impertinent to ask $1,300 for a solid perfume that some or more stupid person/s in the past once bought for that price around. At the time being it might be worth about $300 more than retail but not more incl. any sh/tax, IMHO. Let's talk about a price range for it of some ivories in about 5-10 years again.
Third: I'm willing to pay $$ for solids that are worth the money e.g. some of the ivories - in mint condition w/ if possible the box - or any Exclusives because I know of their rareness or their retail price incl. any sh/tax - but not for items you see once in a while on eBay or elsewhere, and on which not every solid collector is stuck.
Fourth: With my comment I neither support EL's pricing policy nor their warehouse sales nor their increasing unimaginativeness to create diserable solid perfumes - I'm just against unjustified prices, especially among collectors - POINT.
Hate me now - I'll stand it
Edited by Astrid, 26 January 2007 - 06:27 PM.
Posted 26 January 2007 - 06:48 PM
Posted 26 January 2007 - 07:00 PM
Yep I think woody got 1300 a couple of times, I haven't....but someday someone will want it and be willing to pay my price. Only for that amount of money would I be willing to sell it cause it is extremely sentimental....
Ivories, I bought mine back when they were rare and paid 400-700 for them. I know I overpaid, but at the time that is what the market was. Also back then( we are talking way before Lisa even built this site, which I love btw Lisa) just to find them was a coupe....with a box and mint was almost always unheard of and if it had the box, bridget outbid me..and if it was a plazzo in a box I didn't have a chance...giggle .LOL...Bridget outbid me on LOTS of things. But I got my share after Bridget. Calbeanies, Pamela(in florida) Lacy Sea and Helen out of Dallas, got theirs and a lots of time even Woody outbid me...giggle...But it was fun and we all talked on the phone and we were still trying to find out all of the solids that were produced because at that time there wasn't a good book to even know what you were missing in your collection. We were the pioneers in collecting I think.
There are a lot of solids I still have never owned, dynasty, all of the buttons, all of the camelias, the foo dogs, the princess, the rememberance boxes, and the kissing fish. Plus probably at least a dozen more.
But to make a long story short I probably never will own them. I have just reached the point in my life where I would rather have the money to put up for retirement than have a trinket, so I have been taking a loss on a lot of what I have, made money on a few and broke even on the majority. I have been doing this with all the collectibles I have, glass, jewelry , etc....not just solid perfumes. I have accepted some offers on ebay for a lot less than I paid for them, but that is because I had done the research and knew I would never get what I paid for them the way the market was going. I know that even though I paid woody an even 100 for about 12 cameos I'll never get that money back....but I don't want to sell them for $25 either. So it is always a quandry as to what is "a reasonable offer" for a solid....
Posted 26 January 2007 - 07:21 PM
Posted 26 January 2007 - 07:39 PM
I'm really concentrating these days on the Strongwaters which I think are exquisite, the Harrods, and the older pieces. I think these are the ones that maintain their value. There are alot of other god solid buys out there as well, I love the Cordays, and the St Johns are breathtaking. I think it's so sad St John no longer makes solids I only have one of those and hope to find another someday.
I didn't see the princess go for that, and I'm glad i didn't see that as, I would have cried, cause I couldn't afford right now to buy it....sigh...
Now see this is what makes the difference in collectors, I don't like the strongwaters at all, I only have 2 (crown and dragonfly) , but I like the older ones...the corday bird cage, the early estees's without all the bling. But you also notice I have not put up for sale at all my St Johns, My Estee Ice Cube or it's contemporary by ???(geez i hate getting old and having CRAFT disease giggle), my pink heart Victoria secret, or my corday Horse(ivory) ....I did say I was keeping some of my fav's didn't I?...but for the right price, everything in my life is for sale.....Katrina, Rita, and my recent surgery brought to light that I have really nothing saved for retirement and being single, I should do something about it, after all I don't want to be 90 and still working...all my life, I have bought what I wanted when I wanted it and who cared about the price, as I could always make more money. But having reached the ripe ole age of 67 with no retirement is frightening. I did pay off my house this year, so I will never be homeless...LOL...But it took Katrina and Rita destroying my company to wake me up really really well....it made me realize that "things" are not where it is at, but knowing you have enough money in the bank to cover the light bill and hospital bills if necessary is oh so much more important.
My book collection of 1st 1st signed editions and my paintings will be the last thing to go, but all the other stuff catches dust so it's going first.
I would rather sell everything I own than have another hubby to take care of me in my older years. Been there done that on hubbys and don't want to do it again....LOL
Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:24 PM
Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:46 PM
NO NO I have medicare now, but I still need to come up with the 20% co pay....and that does get pricy when they charge 2500 for a cat scan, and seem to order them frequently...LOL...I am setting my house up in a living trust so that if I accidently wind up with astronomical medical bills no one can touch it, so I willl always have a place to live. And a very nice, very large place....But luckily other than that one female problem 2 years ago, I am tremendously healthy...Thank god.
Luckily doing ebay I love so that is what I'm doing in my later years...giggle...but if I had a choice I would be traveling and reading.
Posted 30 January 2007 - 06:08 PM
We've all been burned by EL and Ebay several times over. We are all just a bit older and wiser now. I'm glad of the friends I have met on this site and the friendships are worth more than a few $$$ I have spent on solids.
If two people can strike a deal on what something is worth, then good. No use arguing or complaining about it. It's nobody else's business really.
Let's all just be excitedly chatting about the solids themselves, not the money side.
Now, who has got what lately?
Posted 30 January 2007 - 08:12 PM
Posted 31 January 2007 - 06:25 AM
Nothing for me....
As we say, MORE EFFORT...
I shall be out and about this weekend on the fairs. Who knows, sitting in a box could be the I. Princess.... EVER THE OPTIMIST, THATS ME....
Love the cowboy boot, CONGRATS......
My regards to you all.....Margaret...
Posted 31 January 2007 - 05:12 PM
I have about 100 beanie babies that are worth maybe $2 each and I paid as much as $150 for some of them. So I have learned to buy only what I like. Collecting for profit is a risk, if it works out that is great.And I truly hope it does help us down the line... If not, we can look back and remember the fun of acquiring a rarity and the enjoyment of admiring a beautiful piece. And the good friends made on solidperfume.com!
Posted 31 January 2007 - 07:32 PM
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