Items received on consignment are photographed and listed on Rail Relics Today website. Price is determined by the seller and non negotiable to any interested buyer. Locks sent to Rail Relics Today for consignment will be inspected to see if the lock is in working order. Any defects will be noted. Rail Relics Today policy for keys is "WSWG". For the promotion and handling of items received on consignment Rail Relics Today is allowed 20% of the final sale price for each item sold. There is a maxium 120 days listing. If after 120 days the item did not sell the consignor will have one of two choices:After lowering the asking price; relist the item (90 days maximum)
Have the item returned to the consignor
Shipping cost for returned items are the consignors responsibility
For $3.00 per item RRT will calalog your collection similiar to my own and then "burn" the collection on a CD for your viewing.You can then transfer what is on the CD to your home PC hard drive. Or if you prefer for a fee of $4.00 per item, RRT will "code your collection" for the internet. RRT will set the collector up with a domain name of your choice (if available). Example; My lock collection, John Doe's key collection.com, net, etc. and have your collection displayed on the internet. This way you will be able to view your collection anywhere in the world. The only person that will know your collection will be on the internet are the people you decide to give the url (address) to. Note explaination under "Micellaneous". A domain name and server fees are extra but to host your collection on the internet will cost $1.00 a month. That's right $1.00 a month. To register your domain name like (My Key Collection) that will also, be one dollar for just the first year. I believe the server "Hostica" charges a one time $5.00 set up fee. So for $18.00 the first year your collection can be displayed on the internet. (Prices subject to change) Knowing that my own collection is valued at thousand of dollars, this is a resonable fee to pay to have a itemized record of your collectibles.
The question you are probably asking yourself is what happens when I add a item to my collection? Well, for collectors that are not tech savvy, RRT can handle the updating. The fee would still be $4.00 an item for the internet. For the collectors who decide a CD is sufficient it would be best to acquire multiple items and then RRT would "burn" a new CD with the updated items. The fee would still be $3.00 per item. Shipping charges for the mailing of the CD would be the collectors responsibility. There would be no charge for the CD itself.
To start the process of the cataloging you would need to take pictures of all your items in your collection. Burn the pictures on a CD and mail the CD to RRT. The pictures do not have to be taken on a high pixel setting. With today's high tech cameras small to medium setting is sufficient. When updating your collection for the internet the pictures of the new added items can be sent via email. Please understand that RRT's cataloging is not just confined to keys and locks. Whatever, you collect and want to have cataloged RRT will be able to fulfill your request.
To show good faith RRT would require a deposit of 50% to begin the cataloging process.
Shipping Carrier and Charges
The USPS will be utilized for shipping all items. Once an item sells shipping charges are the buyers' responsibility and are added to the buyers final fee. Rail Relics Today will contact the buyer to offer them the choice of adding insurance to the item that is being mailed. If possible, Rail Relics Today will try to ship the item or items in a economical package or container to minimize the shipping charges. As a added precaution all items packaged for shipment will be bubble wrapped. Items shipped will have a tracking number. If for some reason the package is not received, damaged or lost, Rail Relics Today cannot be held responsilble. The buyer will have the tracking number and seeking restituion will be with the USPS.
If the consignor elects to relist the item for 90 days and after 90 days the item has not yet been purchased, RRT will ship the item or items back to the consignor. Shipping cost for returned items are the consignors responsibility.
Although, the consignor has the right to cancel any item sent to RRT for consignment at anytime, RRT would like to discourage this practice once a person has purchased the item. There will be a 10% handling charge for each item that is cancelled and returned to the consignor. Shipping charges for returned items are the consignors responsibility.
For security purpose's RRT will not accept current railroad steel keys that are numbered in the hunderd series.
For a websites name to display on the search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. the website has to be marketed to the search engines for a fee. This does not mean that a website cannot be displayed on the internet. The search engines are a marketing tool.
RRT will accept as payment Paypal, personal checks or money orders. To protect all parties involved personal checks will need to clear before RRT ships the item.