Thanks to everyone for their input and comments (both here and on Facebook) about my last post. Honestly, I have to say I agree with what everyone said.
- I do like to see what I'm buying, but if my past experience with an auction house or antique dealer is positive, I'm willing to buy "sight unseen".
- Some people mentioned that part of the fun of buying a bag or a box lot is the fun of going through it, sorting it and finding surprises. I can't count how many times I've bought a mostly unknown box lot for $5 and said "It's worth $5 just for the entertainment value." It's cheaper than a magazine and will keep me occupied longer.
- On the other hand, there is a customer service issue. And in this case, my customer service would have rated about a two on a scale of one to ten. I only get a two because I didn't scream or stomp my feet.
Stories of bad customer service spread a lot faster than stories about good service. I can justify how I conduct my business to myself, but if the public doesn't like it, my business will pay the price.
These catalog pages have nothing to do with my post, I just don't like to do a post without pictures. The pages are from a 1913 Kresge's Five and Dime mail order catalog and everything was price at five cents or ten cents.
If you'd like to use them just click on the image and it will open in larger window and you can right click and pick "Save Image As" to save it to your computer.