While antiques may once only have belonged in the homes of rich and famous or in the homes of those who inherited them from their predecessors, the current trend couldn't be further from the truth. With growing financial interest in the culture and heritage industry, many various individuals from all levels of society are looking to acquire valuable arts and crafts from yesteryear.
The Internet has played a big role in the burgeoning industry too. Take eBay for an example - its Antiques section is HUGE and draws an insanely large amount of traffic from around the world. In fact, put something up for sale on eBay and you are just as likely to sell it to a wealthy New York banker as you would a 23-year-old Japanese kid!
The online demand for antiques is as high as it has ever been, and if you are an antique dealer without your own domain and website, you are seriously missing out on a great money-making opportunity. Here are just a few reasons why.
1.People Are Shopping Online
We can't run away from it. The world is moving away from cash and turning to plastic, and very soon, the entire world will be able to experience the joy and convenience of online shopping.
And with so many people able and willing to spend money online, there is a great demand for all sorts of products - antiques being high up on the list. After all, browsing the web is a great way for people to peruse unique and valuable antiques, with all their details and rich history available at just a click.
2.You Hardly Do Any Extra Work
If you are an antique dealer planning to diversify your business online, you'll find that it's really quite a simple task. You'll already have the product's history and description down in words for your 'physical' customers to read, so it'll just take a few minutes of your time to copy that to your website.
Following that, you'll just need a couple of digital pictures of your antique products to post together with the descriptions. Interested visitors to your website can contact you via e-mail to arrange for purchase or to get more information, an you can easily set up a credit card merchant account to accept your customers payments online via their credit cards.
You can also use a blog to market your antique dealing services, with a single post devoted to one product or a set of products. It would be like writing an online journal entry for each product, except this journal entry can make you money!
3.Make A Name For Yourself As An Antique Dealer
A great benefit of providing a specialist service (such as antique dealing) online is that you can slowly build yourself and your website a good reputation online. The longer and more active you stay, the better your chances of building a large base of customers, readers and visitors who come to your website on a regular basis looking for new items. If you use your actual name as your domain, you will stand to benefit from greater prominence in the industry as word of mouth spreads around, not just in your city, but all over the world.
4.Cheap And Easy To Set Up And Maintain
Websites and blogs are incredibly easy to set up these days. If you can use basic writing software like Microsoft Word, then you are just a step away from publishing your own blog. They're also cheap to run with domains going for less than $10/year and hosting charges costing less per month than what you would pay for dinner!
5.Find Other Ways To Make Money
Once online, you'll find that there are plenty of other ways you can make money. For example, you can write an e-book on how to spot genuine antiques from various eras throughout history. As an expert, you would find that rather easy to write, and you can easily mass-sell such valuable information on the Internet, through your website or blog!
As you can see, the benefits of 'going online' as an antiques dealer or specialist are enormous. And if you appreciate the poetry of life, you'll find it quite remarkable how something so distinctly old as antiques can go so well hand-in-hand with the modern technology of the Internet.