Historical Prices of Antiques and Collectibles in the Palm of Your Hand
June 07, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsGoAntiques.com announced today that PriceMiner™, its antiques and collectibles pricing service, is now accessible from a wide variety of handheld devices such as palmOne’s Treo 600 and 650, Sony Clie, Dell Axim and HP iPAQ models and any Web-capable SmartPhone.
Access from handheld devices allows antique dealers, collectors and consumers to use PriceMiner to check detailed historical pricing information directly from the floor of antiques shows, auctions and anywhere else with access to the wireless Web.
PriceMiner from GoAntiques.com is a powerful aggregator of pricing information from a variety of internationally recognized sources. By simply keying in attributes of the item you wish to buy, sell or value, PriceMiner searches millions of prices and presents historical pricing information for the same or similar items. In addition, the service analyzes the data so you don’t have to sort through massive amounts of numbers.
“Now, owners of PDAs and SmartPhones can check antique pricing on the spot while they’re looking at merchandise, anytime, anyplace,” said Jim Kamnikar, president and chief executive officer of GoAntiques.com. “Accessing PriceMiner from handheld devices eliminates the delay of waiting to sit down at your desktop computer to check pricing information.”
Because PriceMiner is HTML-based, the same detailed pricing information PriceMiner delivers to desktops is reformatted for easy reading on handheld computer screens. The handheld version of PriceMiner takes advantage of PDA color capabilities to present statistical data, graphs and photos of antiques and collectibles in vivid color for easy reading and merchandise identification.
“PriceMiner is the first product to combine historical data from multiple external sources with GoAntiques.com’s vast archive of merchandise sales information, perform analysis and then present findings on price averages and ranges,” Kamnikar said. “In addition to GoAntiques.com’s historical price information, PriceMiner includes auction results from the vast eBay® historical database and online storefront sales provided by TIAS.com. We are over 10 million prices realized now, and are adding nearly a million a week.”
Search and sort criteria include price range, category, sale date, data source and currency conveniently converted to dollars.
Other PriceMiner features include:
• Fast download times to desktops and handhelds alike.
• The ability to use photos to closely match the item you are pricing.
• The option of saving individual searches for later reference.
• Links to merchandise for sale that match the search criteria.
• No-cost use for GoAntiques.com member dealers.
• Convenient subscription program for non-GoAntiques.com members.
“Antiques professionals as well as collectors will find PriceMiner to be an unparalleled pricing knowledge tool for accurately assessing the value of antique and collectible merchandise to buy or sell,” Kamnikar said. “With the addition of the mobile feature, PriceMiner becomes the ultimate value assessment tool.”
PriceMiner subscriptions start at $9.95 a month or $99 annually, both for unlimited use. The mobile version of PriceMiner is available for $14.95 per month. An affiliate referral program is available for offering PriceMiner directly from any Web site.
PriceMiner will be demonstrated at the eBay Live! conference and trade show, June 23-25 at the McEnery Conference Center in San Jose, Calif., in the GoAntiques.com booth #532, next to eBay Collectibles.
With offices in Columbus, Ohio and Yorkshire, England, GoAntiques.com is the largest and only virtual marketplace for art, antiques and collectibles offering an integrated, one-stop solution for storefront and live auction selling plus a host of marketing services for both dealers and buyers, including the recent addition of PriceMiner.
GoAntiques has developed a distribution network whereby it provides art, antiques and collectibles to AOL Shopping; Yahoo Shopping and BobVila.com, as well as eBay Live Auctions. GoAntiques also offers a Wholesale Channel for member dealers looking to sell and source quality merchandise at wholesale prices.
GoAntiques.com offers over 400,000 items from more than 1,700 dealers in 24 countries. GoAntiques.com logs more than 2 million visits and thousands of transactions each month. More than 100,000 people are registered as GoAntiques.com buyers. Visit www.GoAntiques.com regularly for auction updates.