If you are new to Disneyana collecting, or stumped in your search to find information about a particular piece, I encourage you to browse the Disneyana Buying Guide at eBay.
This collector information site takes a broad look at the niches and terminology behind our rapidly growing hobby. Topics covered include Disneyana terms, buying guides, popular sub-categories, and a listing of the different Disneyana shops and categories on eBay. This is a great place to start for auction investors and newbies who are looking for an overview of Disney collectibles before they buy.
With the amount of fraud prevalent on the internet these days, I believe that education is the best asset for any collector. Knowing the history of your item, how many pieces were produced, and the average sale amount for each piece are some of the basics you should consider before buying or selling your collectibles. It is also important (especially with artwork and books) to be familiar with defining characteristics that signify the authenticity of a piece. Nothing is worse than paying full price for an item that is a reprint or imitation of an original. Unfortunately, this happens to a number of honest people each year.
eBay has become quite proactive in protecting their customers and collectors. They routinely monitor auctions for scam artists and trademark infringers. eBay also offers a number of outlets for collectors to discuss eBay policies and best practices. While is a dubious task to keep everyone happy, the fact that they offer education forums, classes, and conferences shows that their mission is for everyone to enjoy their eBay experience. This is a refreshing alternative to the “hands-off” approach many internet marketplaces take.
Whether or not you support eBay, the constant message here is that education should be an ongoing process. No one knows everything about Disneyana, but those that know the most immerse themselves in the subject. If you truly love this hobby, then you’ll find the reading and researching required to be the best part of it all. Similar to hunting down collectibles at local garage sales, learning more about the different Disneyana niches can be a very rewarding treasure hunt!