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Estate Sale Companies Advertising More On Social Media

Estate sale companies are using social media advertising more and more.

Reaching broader targeted audiences while controlling costs and not be in direct competition with other estate sales makes social media perfect for estate sale companies. Social media advertising is playing a key roll in advertising and expanding the reach of estate sale companies.

Facebook and Instagram are seeing the largest increases in use.

Estate sale companies can use Instagram for free, and boosting a post on Facebook can cost whatever an estate sale company wants to pay. An estate liquidator can also target their audience.

Estate sale companies still use estate sale advertising websites, however, as competition continues to grow they are looking to new outlets to reach audiences.

You will need to be a member of Facebook and Instagram, however, it is free. If you choose you can receive only notifications from estate sale companies in your area. You can put a “like” on the page for the estate sale company or companies you follow.

Facebook has the largest audience and targeting audiences can include people who like vintage, antiques, collectors, etc.

Instagram showcases photos without them competing with the photos of other estate sale companies.

Twitter also is a social media tool, but isn’t used as much as Facebook and Instagram.

Check out these social media websites today. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are rapidly approaching. If you love estate sales and shop weekly don’t miss out. A great time to shop at estate sales.

Estate Sales Friday

It’s estate sales Friday. There are many estate sales across the country.

East coast to west coast, north to south estate sales are happening by the thousands.

High end estate sales, hoarder sales, estate sales with collections, privately listed estate sales.

If you are looking for an estate sale company this is a great weekend to go out and visit estate sales in your area.

Check out the way they handle entering the sale. How does the estate sale appear. Is it staged well? Are signs posted about all sales final, no returns, forms of payments accepted, security and more?

Look at the way items are priced and tagged. Did they use tags, adhesive tape, stickers and what type of items were they placed on. Ephemera especially should be carefully tagged (best in a plastic bag) and then a sticker on the bag so no damage to the item.

It is also time to think about what you might need for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Now is a great time to start shopping for dishes, glassware, flatware, decorations etc.

A reminder – PLEASE read the terms, conditions, and descriptions of each estate sale on the various advertising websites. Being empowered with knowledge before attending an estate sale is very important for many reasons.

Bring you estate sale kit with you, including flashlight, bags and boxes, wrapping, water and a loop or magnifying glass..

Be sure to check out each one of these estate sale advertising websites. Many estate liquidators only use one advertising website. Don’t forget to check out Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

Happy shopping and here is where you can find estate sales this weekend.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net

Do You Collect Marbles? Look For Them At Estate Sales

Do you collect marbles?

There is a marble identification public group on Facebook and we would like to share with you some of the beauty marbles offer.

Do you attend estate sales? Look for them. Start a new colorful collection.14567417_1171669689583637_3168230326201735602_o14444790_1166495313434408_1137588846592371077_o 14615853_1171672326250040_8779616518975003498_o

 

 

 

 

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Weather Effects On Estate Sales – Open, Closed Go Or No

Weather effects on estate sales can take their toll, however, safety for all is the primary concern.

Hurricane Matthew is heading to the east coast of Florida. Hurricane warnings are up as far inland as Orlando.

This is not stopping some estate sale companies from starting their estate sales today in the central Florida area.

Looking on estate sale advertising websites in the metro Orlando area, several estate sale companies are opening their sales this morning for most of the day. These companies have included in their ads that they will be closed tomorrow for the hurricane.

EstateSalesNews.com has also found some companies that have postponed their estate sales until next weekend.

This is a judgement call for each estate sale company. We wonder though with the warnings in effect, the number of closed businesses, schools etc. if conducting an estate sale even today is a wise idea.

Conducting estate sales when the weather is bad (hurricanes, blizzards, flooding rains) is risky for several reasons. Having estate sale company owners and their staff driving to and from the sale is a concern. Looking for buyers to come out to shop also is questionable.

Roads may be clogged with last minute people buying hurricane supplies or driving to shelters. Having a full tank of gas in your automobile is a must in case of power loss. Keeping cash on hand is another consideration.

EstateSalesNews.com wishes all of the residents that will be affected by hurricane Matthew to be safe.

Searching For Estate Sales? Check Out All Websites

If you are searching for estate sales be sure to check out all the websites.

Many estate sale companies list on one or two estate sale advertising listing websites, but not on all three.

You may find an estate sale company that only uses one advertising site.

To avoid missing an estate sale in your area, subscribe to all three. EstateSale.com, EstateSales.org and EstateSales.net offer you free subscriptions.

You may also want also to check on Facebook and Instagram. Many estate sale companies are using these social media websites to increase their public exposure. You will need to join them, but they are free too.

Another estate sale weekend starts today and now is the time to look for estate sales near you.

Here is a quick peak at an estate sale in West Bloomfield, MI. An Indian clothing boutique liquidation. To view more on this sale starting October 1st click here. The sale is being conducted by Jen Jounie.

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Where To Find An Estate Sale Company

 

Where to find an estate sale company? Your editor had a friend contact her recently about finding an estate sale company who works in her area for another friend.

I advised her I did not know anyone, but would work my estate sale networks.

We are waiting to hear back now, but some thoughts about this.

When asking the members of the networks I belong to I asked them if they “know” someone. In other words have familiarity with their company and ethics. The way they prepare and handle a sale.

In today’s world with so many companies and associations and organizations offering to help you find an estate sale company it is important to ask the working liquidators to assist in your search.

If you need to find an estate liquidator seek advice from people that know someone personally. People in the estate liquidation industry want to provide good advice. They want to provide you with a qualified, ethical estate sale company. It reflects on them too.

Estate sale advertising websites can only provide you with companies that work in the area by zip code or towns. They do not have the ability to personally know the thousands of estate sale companies that advertise on them.

Use your resources wisely. Ask friends, attorneys and Realtors not looking for renumeration. Realtors cannot accept referrals fees of any kind from an estate sale company. All fees belong to their brokers.

EstateSalesNews.com offers many resources and suggestions on how to find an estate sale company and they are free to all. We urge you to use them.

Be an informed consumer and make a knowledgeable choice. It’s you or your friends financial bottom line.

Reporting About Estate Sales – Quote Multiple Sources

Editorial, Carol Madden, Owner, Publisher, EstateSalesNews.com

Recently a reporter, Paul Sullivan of the New York Times wrote an article in wealth matters “It Pays To Be Wary When Hiring An Estate Sale Agent”.

This article was circulated on several internet sources about a family in Chicago, IL looking to sell the contents of the parents home in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

The article begins with the names of the individuals (the Davis Family) and their first hand experience with the dark side of estate sales, and includes this quoted “the fixture of weekend life in affluent suburban towns around the country”.

Your editor, as a former liquidator for 20 plus years in the estate sale industry can say without contradiction that estate sales take place in towns (affluent or not) in villages, and even the countryside all over America.

The article explains the problems encountered by the Davis family, however, it does not explain why only two sources quoted were chosen.

Autumn Time To Shop For Halloween At Estate Sales

Autumn has arrived and it is time to shop for Halloween at estate sales.

Vintage or new, decorations and costumes. So many estate sales featuring Halloween.

Halloween is now a huge holiday for fun.

Check out these estate sale advertising websites.

EstateSale.com

EstateSales.org

EstateSales.net

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Estate Sale Companies Cannot Be Biased

Estate sale companies cannot be biased.

It is against federal law for an estate liquidator to not permit people based on their race, ethnicity, religion or sexual preference from attending your estate sale.

Estate liquidators that encounter such bias will likely excuse themselves from the interview and exit the property.

Federal law does not permit this kind of discrimination in any business including real estate and estate sales.

Recently this happened to an estate sale company and they immediately left the home.

The only persons not allowed at estate sales are known thieves, persistent trouble makers, people that tend to be physically threatening and those that have passed bad checks or commit credit card fraud.

Although there isn’t any federal regulation on estate sales, there is federal law about discrimination and that affects all businesses.

Having a broad attendance at your estate sale increases the likely hood of achieving success. It doesn’t matter who spends, the important thing is that they spend.

EstateSalesNews.com has not addressed this issue before and we want this to be the only time.

Wishing you a happy Monday.

Sales Tax State By State – Does Your State Charge Sales Tax At Estate Sales

 EstateSalesNews.com is providing the sales taxes charged by the 50 states.  Not all states charge sales tax on estate sales. It depends on the county, city or town. Check with your state to learn if your state requires sales tax be charged at estate sales. Do not expect cash payment to evade paying sales tax. Retail stores charge it and states are alert to estate sale companies failing to charge it.

Currently there are only 4 states that do not require sales tax at estate sales.

Be kind to the estate sale company. They are doing what is required and this is extra paperwork for them that they are not compensated for.

Alabama 4% – 12%, Alaska 0%, Arizona 2% -6.6%, Arkansas 6.5%

California 7.5% -10.0%, Colorado 2.9% – 8.0%, Connecticut 6.35%

Delaware 0%, District of Columbia 5% – 7.5%

Florida 6% – 7%

Georgia 4% – 6%

Hawaii Gross receipts and use tax 4% +

Idaho 6.0%, Illinois 6.25% -9.0%, Indiana 7.0%, Iowa 6.0% -7.0%

Kansas 6.15% – 11.15%, Kentucky 6.0%

Louisiana 4.0% – 9.0%

Maine 5.5%, Maryland 6.%, Massachusetts 6.25%, Michigan 6.0%, Minnesota 6.0%, Missouri 4.225% – 9.6%, Montana 0%

Nebraska 5.5% – 7.0%, Nevada 6.85% – 7.25%, New Hampshire 0%, New Jersey 7.0% enterprise zone 3.5%, New Mexico 5.0% – 8.8625%, New York 7.0% – 8.75%, North Carolina 4.75% – 7.0%, North Dakota 2.0% – 7.0%

Ohio 5.75% – 8.0%, Oklahoma 4.5% – cities 7.5% – 8.5%, Oregon 0%

Pennsylvania 6.0% Philadelphia 8.0%

South Carolina 6.0% – 10.5%, South Dakota 4.0%

Tennessee 7.0% – 9.25%, Texas 6.25% – 8.25%

 Utah 5.95%

Vermont 6.0%, Virginia 5.3% – 6.5%

Washington 6.5%, West Virginia 6.0%, Wisconsin 5.0% – 5.5%, Wyoming 4.0% – 7.0%