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UK based Rareburg is new toys & collectables marketplace

By Dan Wilson September 21, 2015 - 11:56 pm

A new marketplace called Rareburg has launched: it has caught my eye a few times through advertising on the web.

It specialises in selling toys, collectables, comics, curios and the like. There’s some pretty nice stuff for sale on there but the selection is obviously limited because it’s early days.

As they say of themselves: “Rareburg is a new place for collectors of the rare, unique, and wonderful to call home. It’s purpose is to serve as a place where collectors of all categories can admire, display, buy and sell items.

Please do enjoy yourself but please remember to show respect for your fellow collectors. They may be an oddball but seriously, we all are (and that includes you!).”

They also offer appraisals and guides from experts, including TV face Eric Knowles.

Currently Rareburg doesn’t have a mobile app but claims to be developing one.

One minor criticism I will level at Rareburg is that, even after a few minutes searching on the site, I have no idea who the people are behind it. Who is running this marketplace? They ask for quite a big chunk of trust, and have a ‘trust level’ feature.

But what of the people behind the curtain? If you know more, get in touch. Because such information eludes me.

Are you a Rareburg user? Let us know your experiences. If not, is this a marketplace you’d sell on?

  • 2 years ago

    Fair point on the lack of details about the management, Dan!

    We’re due to add bios for the 3 owners to the About Us page soon. We’re not hiding behind the curtain, honest! We’re to be found on Rareburg.com commenting on items and talking to our big traders most days.

    Thanks for the feature, and happy to talk any time.

    Best,

    Zahid

    Zahid Ali
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Rareburg.com

  • tinker
    2 years ago

    Eric needs to get realistic with his valuations or the site will simply not have credibility

    • 2 years ago

      Hi Tinker,

      That sounds ominous!

      Eric’s appraisals have been pretty well received from the item-owners, but the community is able to appraise such items too. Sometimes even amongst our experts there is a spread of valuations and commentary tends to ensue as they discuss their different viewpoints on their appraisals.
      Within reason it can be good as it shows the range of opinion on an item’s value and allows for consensus to help the item-owner decide on a final value.

      I’m always around, so if you see anything questionable do drop a feedback message on the site and I’ll be bound to see it pretty quickly!

      All the best,

      Zahid

      Zahid Ali
      CEO & Co-Founder
      Rareburg.com

    • tinker
      2 years ago

      were sure eric’s appraisals have been well received by the owners as the value s are quite high ,things only worth what someone will pay
      , if we could sell our stock for half that Eric values similar items for ,we would be able to retire

    • 2 years ago

      It’s an interesting point – I’ve had this conversation a lot recently, as collectors and appraisers can value things differently to traders.

      We’ve had people say they think they’ve seen undervaluations, where pro traders have given valuations ‘they’d be willing to pay’ for an item, with a profit factored in.

      I think in general, the ideal for is that experts/traders appraise the same items to give the owner a fair idea of the spread but ultimately, if someone plans to sell the item, they cannot ignore the market and what people are willing to pay for it.

      The democratic aspect of Rareburg is that you could appraise this item yourself or simply comment on it to give your views (if you so wished to). The aim is to allow the market to help steer the owner and any buyers reading about the item.

      All the best,

      Zahid

    • tinker
      2 years ago

      we hope it works for you Zahid as you come across well

      and your sites well constructed and interesting

  • james
    2 years ago

    this is exactly what my dad is looking for.

    actually, he’s looking for me to be an expert in everything ever sold on ebay, and able to appraise antiques (due to my experience selling new wardrobes
    and toilet seats on ebay) for him at a glance.

    i’ve sent him the address in the hopes i dont need to inspect his charity shop / jumble sale “treasures” any more.

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