Hi! My name is Steve. I'm a mid-fifties guy and I sell a lot of restored Buffalo Nickels on eBay.

This did not happen by design. I did not wake up one day and say, "You know, I think I'll start restoring nickels and selling them on eBay." It happened because my wife, who works in a bank, brought home two rolls of dateless Buffalo Nickels in 2004. I had an ancient bottle of Nic-a-Date and about the 10th coin I restored turned out to be a 1914-D. I was curious if I could sell it so I listed it on eBay. It was a date-only restoration but it sold for about $7.50 and I was immediately hooked! I don't use Nic-a-Date any more and I don't do this for a living but, I have to admit, it's more than just a hobby. People who tell you that selling coins on eBay is just a hobby are not being entirely truthful. Nobody would sell coins on eBay if all they ever did was break even or lose money. If you see somebody selling coins on eBay for months or years at a time, you can believe me that they're making money and that it's a little bit more than just a hobby. Maybe what they really mean to say is that it's an addictive hobby. You know, the kind that makes money!

It's probably in your best interest that people who sell coins on eBay make some money from their efforts and have a bit of a "stake" in it. If they didn't make any money then they could treat you badly and your negative feedback would not hurt them. Think about it: negative feedback tells other potential buyers to beware. If a seller is losing money and treating you badly in the process, then you are actually doing him a favor by leaving negative feedback because if nobody else buys from him then he won't lose any more money!

My feedback is excellent. I do a number of things right and I'd like to blow my own horn for a minute and tell you what they are.

  1. Fast shipping - If I can't ship on the same day that you pay you can bet that I'll ship on the following day.
  2. Immediate feedback - I don't play "feedback games." Many sellers will wait until they receive your feedback before reciprocating. This way, if you hit them with a negative they can retaliate against you. I always leave feedback for you well before you receive your coin(s). I feel that if you live up to your end of the bargain and pay promptly you deserve immediate praise. If you have a problem with the item I sold you, I will be very reasonable in my efforts to make it right with you. At the end of that process, if you’re still not happy, the negative feedback (nuclear) option is open to you. At the time of this writing I have zero negative feedbacks. Understand? (My liberal and seldom-needed return policy reads like this: 14 days. No hassle. No questions asked.)
  3. Good photos, nice looking coins and fair descriptions - that's three things, but they belong together. My photos are always high quality and show all the details on the coins, including the boogers. I don't try to hide anything. It's not unusual for me to point out the negatives in my descriptions, either. I've been known to say that the Indian looks like he has "an axe wound", the buffalo appeared to be "attacked by a bear" or that the whole coin was "strugly" (streaky + ugly). Don’t worry, I never charge any extra for the humor that I occasionally mix into my ads. Generally, however, my restored nickels are the best you will find. I've purchased a few from my competitors and I'm convinced that, overall, you won't find any better than mine.
  4. I have a nice little description at the end of each ad about why the dates wore off of Buffalo Nickels and why certain chemicals can restore the date and other features of the coin. It's such a great description that no less than six other sellers have plagiarized what I have written! Some haven't even bothered to change any of the wording. I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it still bothers me that anyone would do this.

It's actually sort of funny to see myself writing about how nice my restored nickels are. The vast majority of coin collectors out there in the world probably look upon me as some sort of bottom feeder. The cardinal sin of coin collecting has always been cleaning the coin or altering it's natural surfaces in some way. To this I simply say, "whatever." My nickels look as good as or better than many of their "natural date" counterparts. If I can make a few dollars selling them and you can save money by buying them, then the world is a better place for both of us, and for the nickel, too!