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she replied, “It is $1250.00 but we are
having an 80 percent off
your price is $250.00.”
I have sold this man’s work for
years. His jewelry is also sold at some
of the top galleries in the country.
This beautiful small pendent should
sell for about $250.00!
Believe me, you don’t own a store
in Santa Fe, La Jolla, Sioux City, Big
Fork or Durango and pay for your
rent, utilities, taxes, payroll, insur-
ance, upkeep, supplies, travel, adver-
tising and all the other things you
have to pay for, and survive very long
if you sell at huge discounts.
Ask yourself this: "If the place I am
buying this piece from is willing to tell
me it is worth five times more than it
really is worth, what else are they
willing to tell me to sell me some-
Here are the rules: Buy from peo-
ple who are well established and are
members of the
Indian Arts and
Tribal Arts Dealers Association
Better Business Bureau
established organizations. If you are
shopping while on vacation, ask
locals who they recommend. Be
certain to get a receipt and a guar-
antee of authenticity.
There is no law against selling
something for more that it is worth,
so, if you don’t know or trust the
dealer you are working with, do
your research. Of course, there are
real reasons that a good store some-
times puts items on sale, but it
won’t last for 365 days a year!
The bottom line is to work with
galleries and stores that you can
If it is too good to be true, it gen-
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