Once you’ve decided the direction you want to take with your collection, or a mini-collection (theme), there are few tips to help you locate that Apple of your eye.
Understand the hunt is part of the fun, so don’t get frustrated if you can’t find a very specific collectible you are looking for. Remember:
The Journey is the destination.
Where do I find Apple Collectibles?
eBay: My favorite because it offers more different types of Apple items- old and new. Right now, for example there are 1,898,004 items from the search “apple.” I also like their Buy It Now feature. I can grab it the minute I see it and pay for it through PayPal, instantly. This feature also helps keep other collectors from making me pay out the nose for what I am looking for or really want.
eBay also allows you to pre-set searches and receive notifications an auction has been loaded that meets your criteria, so I have the opportunity to grab it quick if I want. Depending upon what you are collecting, mine include, “Vintage Apple,” “Apple Computer,” “Rare Apple” and even just “Apple.” Obviously, the more general the search keywords the more junk that shows up too, like apple candles, etc. You can go further by excluding non-relevant keywords from your search. This takes time but gives you purer results. All this means is you identify reoccurring item keywords or categories that you don’t want and letting eBay know so you don’t see them in the search results. More specific searches like “Apple Mugs” will be narrow enough you don’t see that much junk.
Craig’s list: Not one of my favorites, but many collectors find they actually get better deals on Apple stuff off this site because many sellers don’t know what they have, unlike eBay. The eBay sellers typically are savvier and have an idea of value. The downside to Craig’s list is I don’t have any idea of who they are and if they are a reputable seller. Plus, I’ve used eBay long enough (since 1999) that I can read the description and tell if important info is omitted- the what aren’t they telling me- type info. On Craig’s list, there is not standard convention for describing the items so I feel I need to ask lots of questions. I’ve found these sellers may or may not even ever get back to me either. The upside to Craig’s list is you might get a better deal.
Dealers: There are many dealers of Apple collectibles. Many sell on eBay too. Also, I’ve noted a few under Vintage Apple Collectibles on the homepage of MyFavoriteApple. BEWARE: not all dealers are reputable. Just because someone says they are selling an authentic Apple Watch, for example, and this applies to some “dealers/sellers” to eBay too, doesn’t mean it is old and genuine. Friend someone you trust and bounce what you found off them to get their opinion if the item is a fake or if the seller is a good guy/gal.
Regarding autenticity- if you like older Apple collectibles, say from the 80s and 90s, then see if you can locate the Apple of your eye in Apple’s old gift catalogs, otherwise, friend you someone who can help you know.
Forums: Again, I’ve identified a few forums I am a member and these are sites of Apple fans like you and me. These are identified on the homepage, right side. And some sites have a Wanted or For Sale section you can use.
Yard/Garage Sales: I know of collectors finding gems here. I don’t shop at these because I know I can find stuff on eBay. Yard/Garages sales might have something or might now. I don’t have the time for this venue.
Collectors: Frequently, collectors change directions and/or have duplicates they want to sell. Getting to know other collectors gives you an edge before they list it on eBay or some other site.
Friends/Family: My friends, both virtual and real world, and my family know I’m into Apple. Frequently, I’ll have someone tell me that want to give me something. Here’s the only problem with this- I don’t usually want what they give me. I’m a niche’ collector. I don’t want their old computer that is broken.