There are times when you buy an item and you realize that you WAY overpaid. Or you find out that the items a reproduction. You stand there and start to kick yourself over it. There are even times when you are interested in purchasing an item and not sure about it. As collectors and dealer, we eventually will get to that point.
There are some questions that you need to remember that are very useful. What are they you ask?
What do you know about the item? Do you know when it was made? Is it the real deal or is it a reproduction, and how do you know? Has this item been repaired? If it has been repaired, where and how was it repaired? Was it restored? Do you know who made it, and what was it used for?
These are all great questions to help you out, and you will eventually add to this list over time. Any honest dealer will be more than glad to answer any and all of these questions for you.
There’s one great rule of thumb that I have for this—if you still have any lingering questions or doubts about the item, just walk away from it and think about it. If, over time, you feel that there’s something about it that isn’t right, don’t buy it.