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Posted by hess on June 23, 1999 at 14:10:07:

In Reply to: HELP ON posted by juan on June 22, 1999 at 19:06:54:

: could please anyone tell me if a skinned print (due to the removal of a former backing mat) is greatly devaluated in price or not?

: is it worth buying a chikanobu ($430) of that nature?

: many thanks.

: juan.

A print that is damaged is greatly devalued.
Remember rule 1 for buying a print ? Condition !!!
If you can tell that a print has some damage, AND IF you find
that you cannot live without the print you must pay A LOT LESS
than retail. Depending upon the type and extent of damage, the
discount from retail price (of a perfect example) should be a minimum of
50%. Why ? First, to soften all the regrets you will soon have (and there
always are regrets when you buy damaged goods). Second, when you
finally learn enough and discipline your cravings to buy buy buy; you will
want to find a new home for your damaged item(s) (usually in exchange
for money) and you will find it extremely difficult to sell your
damaged item(s) without losing money. So the less you pay for damaged
item(s) the less money you will lose. Third (and last), if you insist on
building your collection around marginal condition items,
you will become discouraged in your collecting (and want to quit).


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