"Lorraine" on EBay -- but not pristine


You may have seen this before:  Someone selling a signed, numbered serigraph with "a slight crease in the corner" or something like that.  This time, there's a Lorraine for sale, with a "slight ding in the bottom left corner."   

Buying a damaged piece is never a good idea, no matter how slight the seller thinks the damage is. And while "a matte will cover any visible damage," that still doesn't justify the same price as a pristine piece.  So if you really like the piece and aren't banking on a rise in its collectible value, you could offer the seller a lower price -- and you just might get it.

Rob Frankel