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Sorry this offer has now ended.

Don’t leave it to late too do your Christmas shopping. Our last posting date is THIS THURSDAY, 18th DECEMBER 2014.


Offer ends 9am on Wednesday 17th December 2014. This offer applies to UK postage only.

Valuations Prove Popular

Throughout the time we have run the Perfect Pieces website we have received regular requests for appraisals and valuations of British collectable pottery. Last year we decided that the volume of requests we received meant that this couldn’t be managed on an ad-hoc basis anymore, so we introduced our Valuation & Appraisal service.

Valuing antiques and collectables is not an exact science and is based on a combination of experience, historical sale data and observation of current market trends.

Although we make all of our past sale prices available freely on our site, we also access other databases of sale results and use our own experience of the marketplace to judge how a piece might sell.

We’ve been very pleased with the response we’ve had on this service – with a steady stream of collectors and other antique dealers requesting valuations and often providing very positive feedback on the service.
In return for a small fee, we provide a one-page document covering the history, identity and retail value of the piece concerned. We are also happy to negotiate a one-off fee for a collection valuation and can advise on auction values if preferred.

Although our service does not provide insurance valuations, it’s also much cheaper than most insurance valuation services and includes a guaranteed turnaround of 5 working days from payment.

If you would like to learn more about our appraisal and valuation service and see a sample valuation, have a look here.

The Taxman Starts Hunting On eBay

An interesting article in The Guardian on May 19th (got a bit behind and only found it today!)… It seems that HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs – the UK’s taxman) is starting to look in more detail at online auction activity.  According to this article, tax inspectors will be trawling through many thousands of online auction sales and looking for any UK eBay sellers who are especially busy. They will then investigate whether these sellers should be classed as traders or not.

The article provides a detailed set of examples explaining who qualifies as a trader and who does not, but in essence it depends whether you are buying to sell or whether you are simply selling surplus possessions. Capital Gains Tax can also come into play on larger sales.

The article is here and is well worth a read for anyone who trades on eBay.