Now I have been cheated more than once in my life and scammed out of money but yesterday took the cake. I went to the local UPS office to pick up two boxes of banks sent by the same shipper at the same time. Both showed the identical information but were placed on separate waybills by the UPS people. So I received one tag at my door to call and claim my packages with a cost of 71.77. When I arrived the UPS counter person informed me they do not take cash (since when is cash not accepted). I pulled out my credit card and was informed the price was $143.54 as the two boxes had separate waybills the $71.77 was doubled. When I asked what the fee’s were for I was told 10.00 GST and 58.25 plus more GST for the brokerage fee times two boxes. After looking into this I could have cleared the boxes myself by filling out a form and paying the GST at Revenue Canada Customs and taking my receipt when picking up the boxes. No one tells you this in advance and after they charge $130.00 in shipping they find the need to gouge the customer 58 dollars for collecting 10 dollars for the government. Now the banks purchased just got even more costly. So new policy for me is to instruct any sellers not to use UPS for their underhanded method of doing business. I checked with another company and they would have been 5 dollars more up front but do not charge for collecting the tax and they send you an invoice not holding your package for ransom. So added some mighty costly banks to the collection this week. Pictures to follow soon the banks were all tin cans with the automotive theme. (oil can banks ) and food theme (canned foods).
FOOT NOTE . AFTER SEVERAL PHONE CALLS I FINALLY GOT SOMEONE WHO AGREED WITH WHAT I SAID WAS AN UNFAIR CHARGE. I WAS INSTRUCTED TO ASK THE SELLER TO SEND A FAX TO UPS THAT IT WAS ONE SHIPMENT AND THEY WOULD LOOK INTO THE CASE … DEC. 14 2015 A CHECK ARRIVED TODAY WITH A REFUND OF $71.77 FROM UPS. NOW IT IS A SHAME THE COUNTER PERSON HAS NOT BEEN TAUGHT BETTER PEOPLE SKILLS AND COMPANY POLICIES .
Well I should know better. I just purchased 20 plus banks at auctions in the past few weeks. They should arrive soon through the mail and I am sure with a hefty bill from the Canadian government for taxes and duty. The beauty of cross border shopping and not being at the auctions to take your items with you. What happens at auctions is you love an item and the prices seem great so you start to bid and then get into the have to win mode and bam … you have just overpaid for that item (in my case banks) . Nobody twists your arm to bid but you get caught up in the excitement of the battle to win without doing the math first. So you bought a bank for only 100 dollars not bad they are worth about 150 dollars so not a bad deal … WRONG. Now the addition takes place with a 20% buyers premium and shipping and exchange from Canadian to US Funds and duty and taxes and there you go the bank arrives at your door for only 255 dollars. It happens time and time again and I quickly forget the extras when the next auction rolls along. They are a great place to expand your collection and the prices look great until the postal service tells you how much shipping is going to be for that cast iron bank. I have often paid more for shipping then I paid for the bank. Gotta start finding some farm fresh banks with down home pricing.
I have just returned from a Trip to the wonderful province of Alberta. I am always left in awe when we drive into the mountains and reach the town of Banff. I could spend hours just taking in the scenery and watching the water flow by. My day was spent resting and a bit of searching for banks. In our travels we stopped at a store in Calgary called the Iron Crow . This establishment was packed full of wonderful items and I could have walked away with a hundred different metal vehicle banks however they were not at the bargain prices I was looking for. I did pick up one full size oil can bank. I did pay a higher price than I like to however it caught my wives eye and that was worth the buy. At another location I found a eagle sitting on a globe of the world and almost had it for my collection however the deal was cancelled as the young mans (19) mother did not want to part with the bank.
It was a great trip and I did bring one new bank into the collection.
Well I have now learned how to recover pictures lost in other sites and place them back into my computer. This picture was taken over 15 years ago to place on another web site. This morning I figured out how to regain the picture for this site.
The banks shown are a mix of banks in the collection from Disney to old cash register banks .
My collection consists of cast iron , glass, ceramic , tin, wood, other types of metal and plastics even some leather and paper banks …if it is a bank I collect it.
Research information I have started to build on my collection of printed material about banks to be able to quence my thirst for more knowledge on manufacturers, types of banks available and values. It is one think to have a bank in your collection it is another to know all about that bank and others like it. From the materials I have purchased I see many months of in depth reading to gain the more knowledge on the topic of banks. Once I start posting pictures of the collection I want to have a write up on the bank that allows the public to know more than what they see in the picture(s).
Thank you for following the progress of this site please be patient I promise it will get better and larger .
Getting impatient waiting for my computer guy to help me out I am playing in the system. You try you learn. This is not the type of pictures that will appear on this site in the future just me playing with a phone camera trying to figure things out. The clock and the hobo directly behind the clock are Not Banks all the rest are. When totally set up we will have cast iron separated from glass and plastic and ceramic however for group pictures like this at the start they will be mixed together. My collection consists of cast iron , glass, plastics (many types) tin and many other metal types, ceramic, wood and rubber to name a few. There are musical , mechanical, motorize, and still to name just some. So with a collection my size you have a mixture of everything. Some over a hundred years old and others made in the last few years all hold a place in my collection. As more pictures are added and a comments section added please feel free to ask questions or help me with more information on the banks on display.
Driving down the road viewing the wonderful colors in the trees red’s yellow’s brown’s and still a splash of green makes me smile. The fact that winter will soon be upon us and I can start my work at setting up the Virtual Bank Museum. On Oct. 3rd. I watched the first of two auctions of the CLIVE DEVENISH Collection. One of the finest collection of banks to ever be offered for sale. The second auction will be taking place in a few months and I hope to be able to purchase a few pieces. I did purchase the catalog for this auction which shows the banks up for sale and the asking prices. Once all the banks in my collection are photographed and placed on site along with write ups on each of them. It is my hope that we will be able to expand our collect with high quality pieces from well know collectors. At this time I am a member of the STILL BANK COLLECTORS OF AMERICA and have plans to make application to join the MECHANICAL BANK COLLECTORS OF AMERICA. My computer programmer and photo input person is currently writing exams so is not available yet to add some fantastic ideas to the site. Give me time as with little funding this site will take time to create. I will put something on this site every few weeks so that you know we are still working on it. Thanks for the visit.
I have found someone willing to take edit and load pictures of the collection along with a write up to go with the pictures. He needs to write a program for this and will contact me when he is ready to start. I have many features I would love on the site but when your working with a very small budget things move slowly. Thanks for checking in please come back and see our progress. Happy Collecting Mark