Based upon my experience as a consignor to Rasdale twice (should have stopped at once) they turn and burn material. They spend little time actually digging into any given lot other than small lots. Whoever won my lots got stunningly good value because the pics and descriptions sucked. Could I have gotten my material back? Yes. Quite a hassle though. The material had already been with Regency Superior when they were closing there doors and Rasdale contacted me to say that R-S had asked them to step in and help with the situation. It was a mess. I was lucky to have gotten my material back.
On the buying side I have received cartons of material described as miscellaneous from a dealers back room clearout with some pics of Sand Dunes and modern crapola that I bought cheap with a plan to flip it and upon digging in was shocked at what was below the top one inch of each carton. A year or two ago I won four cartons of such material for $350 plus house premium and when all was said and done it cataloged at $70,000. I took everything that I had cataloged and consigned it to another auction house and it realized $10,000 as several large lots.
That is my experience. The consignors that did not know what they had and simply turned it over to Rasdale got the proverbial shaft. I got the gold bars. Of course it is not all the same but someone else that I know has had similar experiences.
All of the drama and games is getting a bit old for me and I am growing tired of it even though I still love collecting. The auction houses, with some exceptions, are always playing both ends and the middle. Finding a truly honest dealer with integrity is a chore although they also do exist. (Rupp comes to mind as very good) eBay
is not for me. I used to buy and sell there long ago but it is just such a cesspool. I have no interest in piddling away countless hours to find something that a seller has no clue about. I also do not have the temperament to play stupid games with scamming buyers. Been there and done that. Life is far too short.
That Sir is my 1.5 cents worth and then some.