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About denverappraiser

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  1. Seeking Advice

    I probably wouldn’t pay return shipping, but that’s just me. I’m cheap. Look into insurance. Look into your systems for documenting what’s in the package when you ship as well as when you get it back. Keep videos of both directions. Be careful to vet your customers and don’t do even slightly stinky deals. Talk to your credit card processor about your procedures. It’s important. Paypal is not the best by the way. You can mitigate the risk but there is definitely risk. This can wipe you out if you’re not careful so pay attention.
  2. Seeking Advice

    Davide's boss David is a master of mixing eBay with his webstore. spend some time digging through his store and notice how he does it. eBay has articles. I'm not an eBayer but they are tutorial type things. There's probably good education there too, but what I was suggesting is that you get into the position of writing them. By 3rd party, I mean Yelp or Google or some such thing. Something that's visibly on someone else's site (so it's hard to just make it up). I have no idea what people use in Australia but at least here, these things are becoming incredibly important.
  3. Seeking Advice

    Nice site. Truly. I think you'll do well. 1) Personally, I would never buy from a store that doesn’t take returns. By the way, I had to dig deeply to even figure that out. If I had been a real shopper, I would have cut and run well before I found it. You have policies, if nothing else because they're forced on you by ebay, the law, and your credit card processor so there's nothing lost by being up front about it. For me, 'no refunds' is a total deal killer, but others may see it differently and you might as well be up front about it. Not only is this an advertising issue, I think it sets you up for some significant liabilities (at least in the US it would). 2) Your feedback page looks fake. I’m not saying it is, but I would not trust this as a shopper. I may even count it as a negative. Link directly to the feedback company. If there's not a 3rd party in the middle here, get one. 3) I’m a bit surprised you’ll take layaway (I wouldn’t) but, given that you do, the terms and conditions should be listed. The same is true with zingers around consignments like cancellation fees and how prices are set (and there SHOULD be zingers or you’re going to get burned) The classified section here is a bit of a mess (sorry Hermann). This could be a very valuable section of the site but it sees very little traffic and I think this is part of the reason. Looking at the most recent 10 posts only, it goes back to April 2015 and at least half of them have serious issues (not selling anything at all, highly suspicious merchandise, etc.). Sellers are routinely operating under some serious misconceptions and they're not always eager to hear about it.
  4. Seeking Advice

    Give us a link to your site. Hermann may delete it, which is certainly his right, but I suspect it'll stand because it's relevant to the discussion. (warning, we can be brutal). Crosslinking is what I"m doing here. I've got 6800 posts and every one of them says what I do and includes a link to my site. This is not the only forum I participate in. I"m pleased that Hermann likes me, and he's correct that I don't overtly advertise in my posts, but promotion is why I do this. It works by the way. If you write educational content for eBay, they link it to whatever you tell them to. If you're in a niche, and you're an expert, you can write content for information sources that are only tangentially related to you. Their Google search becomes added to yours.
  5. Is it over price?

    Don't bet on it. Buying is easy. Selling is HARD.
  6. In the Free Classified Sections Can we link to an Ebay Listing?

    What it takes to be an A-lister is to be around for a while, to provide useful content, and to ask. In the end it's 100% up to Hermann's discretion.
  7. Seeking Advice

    Children and be stressful and are definitely time-consuming but they become less so when they get into their 30s. Hang in there. That said, I’m happy to help although it’s easier to answer slightly more specific questions. I’ll offer a few general pointers for the jewelry industry. Jewelry is a trust-based business. There are a zillion websites that sell jewelry and gems, and the consumer will choose at most a few to do business with. How is that decision made and how can you improve your odds? Most amateurs think it’s about prices, but there’s a fair amount of evidence to the contrary. It’s about TRUST, and building that trust is hard. You can do it with time, like Tiffany has, and you can do it with money like Blue Nile has, but small businesses, like yours and mine, do it with work (in addition to time and money). You mentioned your blog. That’s good. Promote it. Crosslink wildly. The link in the footer that ‘A-listers’ get in posts here is a free advertisement and, specifically, improves your Google placement. Pay attention to your site. There's a lot of competition but you get ahead of about 90% of them by simply having a good site. Spell things correctly. Have useful content. Take good pictures. Be clear about things like your prices, shipping policies, turnaround time, and similar details that customers are likely to be interested in. Promote it. Pay attention to your internal systems. Returns for example. I haven’t seen your site but people routinely come here and ask questions about retailers we’ve never heard of and the first thing I look at is the terms and conditions page. You have a certain amount that’s stuffed down your throat by eBay and the credit cards anyway, but if you want to be selling to strangers, this page is where the ‘rubber hits the road’. eBay is a mixed bag. It’s expensive, and shoppers there tend to be cheap. That’s a tough combination. Selling directly can easily double your profit margin and that goes back to my first comment. Jewelry is about trust. Earn it. Deserve it.
  8. Help, am I paying too much ?

    GSI says 1.03ct total weight, so that leaves 0.58 for the side stones. They do these things right at the manufacturer so they’re pretty good about weights. On a 0.45 emerald cut, a few grades realistically only affect the price by a couple of hundred dollars, and GSI isn’t actually all that bad. The issue is going to be what you want out of this deal. Nearly every jeweler has or can make a ring that looks a lot like that. It shouldn’t be hard to find a better price, possibly even quite a bit better, but low low prices are rarely what people are looking for at Kays. They finance things, and they cheerfully accept people with bad credit (with very expensive terms by the way). If that’s what you’re looking for, most jewelers won't/can't play. FWIW, I specifically recommend AGAINST doing this. Don’t go into debt for a ring. Davide. Kays is Signet. That’s a big big outfit. They own both James Allen and Jareds for example. Their return policy and warranty leave something to be desired, but they’re not so bad on these issues either.
  9. I just talked to Lance, and he's no longer offering the service either. The service sales didn't justify the equipment expense.
  10. I know of no one in Denver down to CS who has the equipment in-house. Lance Painter in Greeley has what I think is the only one in the state. Personally I ship them out and use AGS Laboratories. I'll be happy to work with you if you want. GIA will do it directly for anyone who wants and who will sign their client agreement. In both cases it will need to come out of the mounting to have the inscription done. GIA won't do the pull/reset job but lots of jewelers will. As with the above, I can assist if you wish. If I might ask, what are you wishing to inscribe and why? Is speed an issue?
  11. Costco engagement rings

    You do. But that's not hard. Here are 35 comps from them alone on that center stone. the way, I'm not particularly endorsing them, they just have a convenient search engine and most people have heard of them. Nearly every jeweler out there has this ring and EVERY dealer can sell you this diamond.
  12. Costco engagement rings

    Without trying very hard, here's a platinum halo from Blue Nile (one of the big online jewelry houses) for $2250. 0.70 pretty good princesses from them are about $1500ish but they vary quite a bit with the details. Those are all US dollars but I"m sure you can convert. In some cases there is an import tax at both the national and provential level to consider as well and I have no idea how Costco deals with those. In any case, that's a benchmark to work from.
  13. Certification

    There are a lot of labs out there. Basically, anyone who has a printer and a TLA (three letter acronym) can call themselves a gem lab. They can say whatever they want. The key here is that the onus is on the lab to convince you that their opinions are of merit, and the default answer is NO. Like Laurent above, I’ve never heard of either these brands. That doesn’t make them wrong, but it does put them in the category of “some guy with a printer somewhere said it’s a VS2” and where the seller is eager to have you believe it. So? If we're really talking about a 2.5ct diamond of better than a terrible grade, there's quite a bit of money on the table that will depend on this grading conclusion. Why would you base this decision on a grader you've never heard of?
  14. Costco engagement rings

    To echo the above, it depends on what you're trying to accomplish. Nearly everyone sells a ring that looks about like that. Costco sells things that are pretty well made, from pretty good materials, for competitive prices and with reasonable terms and conditions. They're a fine company. Is that what you want? Go for it! There are others who take different approaches. Better stuff for more money. Cheaper stuff for cheaper. Worse stuff for more money but with better support. None of these are specifically better than the other. As a general rule, nearly everyone who buys things from Costco goes home happy. Of course, the same is true of Tiffany's. To your grading concern, they're claiming this is a 0.70 VS2/I. There's a pretty good chance that's correct, even on GIA scales. They don't like to be accused of misrepresentation and it makes them fairly conservative graders.
  15. Help at diamond picking

    A knot is a crystal that breaks the surface. What you're looking at is on the pavilion side and you will not be able to tell this difference from a face up photograph. It may not be either. As mentioned above, it could be a reflection and it could just be a piece of schmutz on the back of the stone. Other clues in the photo suggest that the stone wasn't especially well cleaned before this picture was taken.