Empire Auctions Montreal - Is It Really a Deal?
Auctions, to Be Sold to the Highest Bidder
MONTREAL -- When one thinks of auctions, what comes to ones mine? Estate clearances, people wanting to get rid of unwanted items? One of a kind items that you will never see again? A great deal, items sold well below retail? Used furniture. Right, well not so fast.
I have been going to this place for the last few years and find that I keep seeing in the furniture area items I have seen before. So, what does this tell you? There are people resupplying them or they themselves are with the same item and making a profit on them. Also surprisingly Chinese reproductions of classic furniture. I went to see today a dinning room set I was interested and it was estimated to have a value of $6400-$7400. On inspection I found a made in China sticker under the chair, what looked like marble on the the buffet was plastic. Having been going to China on business since 1989 and going to trade shows, I guess I could have bought it in China for $2,000. What kind of deal is this?
I bought a mechanical clock from them thinking it was a antique but found out it was well made reproduction. How did I figure that out, well the dome over the clock was made of some type of plastic. You can get good deals there on watches, rugs and antique jewelry. Don't get me wrong they in no way misrepresent what they are auctioning off. But on the furniture, I think they should come clean and say this is a new made in China reproduction. Also in their description they should state country of origin. Suppliers resupplying them or they themselves on the same item is also rather dubious.