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13 The Internet Market in Pre-Columbian Antiquities

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This chapter discusses the opportunity to establish the volume, value, and structure of the Internet market in antiquities by collecting different types of sales information. It was known that pre-Columbian antiquities could be bought at physical auction from eBay USA, from other Internet auction sites, and from Internet dealers. The sheer volume of material offered for sale required the implementation of sampling strategy and the calculation of average statistics to describe the volume, value, and nature of annual sales. eBay was visited several times in 2012 and 2013 and sales information was tabulated for total period of thirty-three days. For people who are not antiquities merchants it is hard to say anything that is constructive or productive about present state of Internet market in pre-Columbian antiquities. Thus the Internet market is flourishing in part because of what appears to be widespread indifference on the part of customers to issues involved.

Keywords: annual sales; eBay; Internet market; pre-Columbian antiquities; sales information

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