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There are several kinds of buyers you may deal with:
  1. Decorators
  2. Collectors
  3. Users

This is an attempt to make sense of three very different sorts of people, who often bid against each other at auctions.  If you are getting rid of some surplus clamps, you probably ought to know how to present them to best advantage.   


This market has the highest prices, and probably the fewest items.  When a user or collector sees an item in this market in eBay, or other auction, the reaction is usually, "what is going on?"

The buyers focus on appearance first, and to a lesser extent, on "story".  

Appealing pieces have lovely patina, defects that can be hidden, and a notable size (either large or small). There is often an interest in "tie-in" items, such as a catalog or advert for the company or individual who made the piece. A "one-of-a-kind" primitive craft-made item may provoke a good deal of interest, if it looks good.  

Defects that can be hidden include a few chips in the thread (just open or close the jaws a bit), or a bad side (hang it to the wall).  


This market has the middling, and perhaps the most variable, prices.

One individual may be willing to pay much more  than another, because the item fills a gap.  The buyers focus on identity and scarcity first, and to a lesser extent, on condition.  

Appealing pieces are complete, all from one maker, and the maker / model is clearly identifiable.  Whatever piece a collector has, there is a desire to get another in better condition.  


This market has the lowest prices, and probably the most items.

The buyers focus on functionality first, and to a lesser extent, on condition.  Buyers can be choosy, as they have lots of options.  

Appealing pieces have a useful size, and no substantial defects in any parts.  They needn't be clean, if they can be cleaned up later.  There is no concern about married pieces, provided that everything works.

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