Sunday, May 4, 2014

How to Spot And Own A Genuine Antique Wall Clock

An antique wall clock represents a certain historical moment in time. As time passes, these works of art increase in value and are then auctioned off and sold to people who will appreciate them.
How to spot a genuine antique wall clock: Although you may be surrounded by wonderful things that look real and have an antique feel too, you often cannot tell if you're looking at a fake or a replica that is being passed off as the genuine article. However, there are ways of finding out if a particular wall clock is genuine or not. Here are a few ways of checking them out:
· If the antique clock you're looking at is in a wooden case, look for the original finish. Check that the dial is in good condition. If it has a paper dial, it should have no cuts or stains nor should it be dark.
· If you're looking at a porcelain dial, it shouldn't be chipped or cracked. Examine the case and dial closely before buying.
· To check the condition of the clock mechanism, swing the pendulum just a little. If it runs for five minutes and stops, it could need a routine service. But if you don't hear the tick-tock sound of the clock, it means there's a spring broken. This could entail an expensive repair job.
· You can also find out the date of your clock by looking at reprints of catalogs, beginning from the 1850s and going up to the 1930s. If your clock is listed there, you can gauge its age.
There are some excellent genuine antique wall clocks you can acquire.
The story goes that in 1986, when the Voyager aircraft flew round the world, Mission Control depended on a reputed brand to show them the time. Both pilots of Voyager, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager were presented with watches and Mission Control had 24-hour clocks all over the aircraft, including this one being put up for auction. This clock is 16" in diameter and has a glass face with Synchron movement.
Another gem from Composite Foam Wall Clock, circa 1980. It is made entirely of composite foam, and is part of the brand's memorabilia. It is 18" in diameter and has been converted from plug-in to battery operated.
Lastly, there's the Pan Am Extra-Large Wall Clock, circa 1960. This work of art is a plug-in wall clock and was hung at Pan Am's headquarters in New York. This clock measures 20" in diameter and is in mint condition with its original dial, movement and hands. It was manufactured for the watch company by Hanover Manufacturing, Inc., Ohio. If you're a vintage wall clock freak, you must own antique clocks.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Benefits of Buying Wholesale Items

Rather than buying things on a small scale, many people and businesses are opting to purchasing items wholesale. Typically, wholesale items are to be sold to distributors who sale those items for retail prices. People new to the idea of this type of purchasing may wonder if it is beneficial to do order lots of items at once. There are many benefits to buying items wholesale instead of a few at a time. Here are just some of the benefits:
Products bought in wholesale are immediately available. Buying items from a wholesaler means that a distributor does not have to purchase many items from many different places. The items are readily available to be bought and shipped from one place. Once the goods arrive, the seller can store them according to his or her wishes. There are no extra shipments to look out for and no extra time to waste waiting for goods to arrive.
Buying wholesale products is much more cost-effective than buying products individually.Usually, wholesalers have rules that they will only sell in certain amounts. A small store or distributor may be able to negotiate for an even smaller price than the original wholesale price. Many wholesalers have contracts that help lower costs with large stores. Smaller chains and businesses which have shown repeated purchases may be able to get a contract, too.
Buying wholesale can save on shipping costs. Sometimes a wholesaler will offer their own delivery service. That service is often cheaper than hiring a driver to pick up the items for you. You will also save money on shipping by paying one sum for shipping rather than several shipping costs from different distributors or manufacturers. Handling and shipping services are easier to keep track of this way.
You can set aside wholesale items for bigger demand times and have them readily available. Once you receive your shipment, you can place items out in the store for sale at opportunistic times. For example, if you have a group of diet supplements that are typically more popular before the beginning of summer, then you can keep the excess held in check until it becomes more of a demand. Remember to pay attention to expiration dates, though.
Wholesalers often have a larger range of goods to choose from. A certain type of product may have many different versions available, and wholesalers often carry all of those choices. You can purchase all of the versions and options to give your own customers a better selection. Purchasing from one wholesaler will be more convenient when you want to have items in stock that may vary but are essentially the same thing.
Buying wholesale items can be one of the best things that you can do when you are sure that you are going to sell many of the same item. If you continuously sell a particular item over and over again and even find yourself with backorders, then it is probably time to look for a wholesale distribution center that can get you the products quickly. Having those items is essential to keeping your customers coming back to your store.
Shop around online to look at different distributors and call the ones that seem most beneficial and have the best prices. Talk to a customer representative about deals that the company may offer and negotiate on prices when you can. Do not forget to mention shipping options, too. You never know when you might be able to open up a new business relationship with a wholesale distributor that could change the way you handle your business and products forever.