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I collect only US Army Chevrons and have over 2200 individual chevrons in my collection. Of course I have all the common stuff and have just about every chevron used from 1920 to present. Of course there are just a few chevrons I still need from that era. If I find one at a show, on this forum, or on eBay I will pay the price asked, within reason. My collection has evolved to a point where I only need the rarer items.

 

Chevrons older than 1920 I will pay the asking price, or dicker a little, to get chevrons I need. I have walked away or let the auction end for items that I needed and regret it somewhat because I have never found another of that item.

 

I appreciate someone who has set a price he or she will pay. I also appreciate how much a seller has tied up in an item.

 

I used to set up shows and rarely would I have a collector who would absolutely refuse to pay what I was asking for a particular collectible. I just assumed that they were fishing and either did not have cash to pay what I wanted or really did not want it. I consider it somewhat in bad taste to state to another seller that the item isn't worth what is asked. After all that is what dickering is about. If you can't or don't want to pay the asking price, or can't come to a mutually agreed price, just put it back on the table, politely say no thanks, and walk on. No use in making a scene.


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I collect US Army chevrons and US Army Finance Corps items. I also collect CCC insignia.

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As a buyer and a seller over the last 25+ years I have found myself at times willing to pay more for an item primarily due to the condition of the item and prior experiences in not buying a particular item when I had the chance. As a seller I try to make my selling price fair but definitely not outrageous, I still need to make a few bucks to keep doing what I am doing and keep finding and being able to pay up sometimes when the items are available I feel that most of the issue these days are the "I Remember when they cost only this much! " fellows that complain about prices now VS. back in the gold ole days mentality, THOSE DAYS ARE GONE! There is no longer 100 in a box under the table especially when it comes to US WWII militaria (maybe cleaning kits and ammo pouches). As a buyer I have to keep in mind that unless the item was in a box in the attic, most sellers had to pay overhead in some way to get the item to be able to sell. I guess it really depends on how much you really want to have that particular item at the end of it all!

 

Robin-


I Collect USMC WWII uniforms, gear, patches, insignia. medals and ribbons. I also sell and trade Militaria of primarily the U.S. Military.

 

R.Delaney

 

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Before the last SOS, I was looking at my collection and was very happy with where it was. I thought to myself: "You know what would be amazing? To have a posthumous Purple Heart from the crew of the Lady Be Good". I had been fascinated by the Lady Be Good story since I was a kid and built a model B-24 and the kit came with the story of the crash and demise of the crew.

 

Sure enough, at the SOS, the pilot's posthumous Purple Heart was there, and at that point, the price didn't matter (okay, so maybe plus or minus a couple thousand...I'm not made of money...LOL)...it was the crown jewel of crown jewels in my book (both figuratively and literally...it's on pages 156-157 in my book on posthumous Purple Hearts).

 

I thoroughly understand Bill's (USMCR79) feelings about how things change over time. Things that were an amazing find that I "had to have" 25 years ago are not the same things that I'm interested in now. Partially because I've owned most everything I "had to have" back in the day and partially because I feel I've become more discriminating over time and would rather have a handful of amazing things than an accumulation of tons of "stuff". (Of course, if I won the lotto, I'd work to have an accumulation of amazing things...LOL) My collection now is based more on the story than on the value of the item...some of my favorite groups don't carry a heavy price tag, but for the value of the story, are priceless to me.

 

Dave

Yes...a $350 Purple Heart is just as valuable as a $3500 Purple Heart.

Always Buying...Medals...Patches...Wings... Singles or Groups...Top Cash Paid!!!

My Website...http://www.purpleheartsnorthcarolina.com/

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One of my collections is super focused and I have been collecting this subject for 30+ years.

 

As far as I know, I am missing two pieces to complete it.

 

If I was at a show and either of the pieces popped up, I would pay whatever it takes to get them.

 

In my mind the price wouldn't matter as I am sure I have bought enough of the rest of the collection at what today would be bargain prices.


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I would definitely pay more, within reason, if it was something I had been searching for for many years. Like Robert said, the cost of travel, shipping or whatever could end up being more than that 10% or whatever amount it is. “Buy it when you see it” I find is always best otherwise I regret it later.

...of course because the militaria collecting world is almost entirely based in US funds, I always pay 25% more in the exchange on the Canadian dollar, so a $500 item ends up costing me around $625 in my money. This is always a consideration for me, but I don’t let it get in the way of buying what I want or what I “need” for my collection.


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Collector of WWII M-1helmets and WWII Airborne items

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I can say I am a better buyer now than I was years ago. I am older and my kids are grown. I used to go on trips with my wife, see a nice piece and just couldn't afford it. I'd stare at it, think about it and walk away from it. I'd remember it and tell my wife about it later. Maybe we'd get back to the place and I'd see if it was still there. A great majority of the time, it'd be gone. She can't believe I'd remember it after many years past. Now she see's me looking at something and the comment comes, "Are you going to regret it." I do have some disposable income, I just manage it better I guess. I've gotten better at negotiating as well. I've come to find, it never hurts to ask. They can always say, "No." I have walked away and never regretted it. I have walked away and been called back. When I feel the seller thinks his crap is priceless, it's better just walk away. As a buyer I love a good nugget. As a seller I'd like to get a little extra jingle in my pocket. It does make me smile when I get a little more than I expected. This way I can buy or acquire more stuff. Maybe even over pay for a piece I want. The past is the past. Do i regret not buying a double decal, apple green WW2 German army helmet for $25 ??? Of course! But I was 8 years old and it was 1972. Still makes me laugh!


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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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I can say I am a better buyer now than I was years ago. I am older and my kids are grown. I used to go on trips with my wife, see a nice piece and just couldn't afford it. I'd stare at it, think about it and walk away from it. I'd remember it and tell my wife about it later. Maybe we'd get back to the place and I'd see if it was still there. A great majority of the time, it'd be gone. She can't believe I'd remember it after many years past. Now she see's me looking at something and the comment comes, "Are you going to regret it." I do have some disposable income, I just manage it better I guess. I've gotten better at negotiating as well. I've come to find, it never hurts to ask. They can always say, "No." I have walked away and never regretted it. I have walked away and been called back. When I feel the seller thinks his crap is priceless, it's better just walk away. As a buyer I love a good nugget. As a seller I'd like to get a little extra jingle in my pocket. It does make me smile when I get a little more than I expected. This way I can buy or acquire more stuff. Maybe even over pay for a piece I want. The past is the past. Do i regret not buying a double decal, apple green WW2 German army helmet for $25 ??? Of course! But I was 8 years old and it was 1972. Still makes me laugh!

 

I can relate, US Veteran had his war trophy bring backs at an Air Show I attended when I was 11 or 12 years old, German Paratrooper Fallschirmjager gravity knife and khaki web belt and belt buckle for $30. I definitely to this day regret that pass on those two!

 

Robin-


I Collect USMC WWII uniforms, gear, patches, insignia. medals and ribbons. I also sell and trade Militaria of primarily the U.S. Military.

 

R.Delaney

 

Semper Fidelis-

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For me I lean both ways. There are some parts of my collection that I enjoy, but not as much as others. If I am looking at a piece I first make the decision on will another one, or one like it, pop up again and if so how often, and is that price within what they normally go for. If I think I can find one later Ill pay my price, if not or it would be a long time, I pay their price.

 

Now there are a few areas in my collection, ok one real area, that when Im at a show I pay what I need to pay. Not to many variants Im actively searching for so when I see one, well Ill be handing over the cash no questions asked.


"Remember Bataan, Never Forget"

Actively looking for U.S. Army Run/Swim/Walk For Your Life patches.

 

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For the item you need, the time to buy is when you see it. We all have our "regrets" stories. My latest was just this week. A fellow Forum member had an item listed on his site that I had an interest in. It was a high dollar item but fairly priced. Added it to my watch list to give myself a day to think about the purchase. Finally decided to pull the trigger and boom it was gone.


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If I want it bad enough I will pay to get it.

Ronnie


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