Madagascan ammonites for sale

Fossils, they're everywhere online and there's one I like but why is it so cheap? Why is one priced differently to another, it's the same type of fossil and size... Finding the right fossil and retailer. You've searched online and filtered your search results down to a few sites that best grab your interest. Now you're enjoying the experience of hunting fossils online and browsing through pages and through the images before you come across the one you love but you unsure about it's pricing, authenticity, rarity etc.

The reason for price differences. take a trilobite, the same type of the same size can be differently priced, why? the general rule of thumb is desirability, quality and price. Note that price comes last here. Imagine if the fossil is unique the only of its kind, rarity would be upmost and therefore price to a point unimportant. If it were one of two known trilobite types, the best quality specimen, best well preserved, most complete, the most inflated or 3D looking example would command the highest price. If three examples existed the least attractive of poor quality would be the cheapest. This rule of thumb of course applies to everything not just fossils and this is how the fossil industry works, just the same as any value driven business. collectors always want the rarest and the best preserved. when you see a very cheap specimen of any fossil ask yourself these questions and search using these or similar criteria and it will become apparent what your choice will be.

Desirability, when you see dozens and dozens of a particular type of trilobite you will become aware the type is common. However like everything there are exceptions to these rules. A very well known type of normally lower priced level once found in a new fossil bed location, the first of its type to be unearthed, commands a high value, because it may be the only one, until more are discovered the price remains high, of course collectors are consumers like all consumers they want the newest thing and so the latest discovered type attains a high value immediately. When more of the new type come onto market the price can reduce. The reason collectors like to be in the know early is that occasionally pockets of trilobites are found and then quickly extracted and the fossil vein is exhausted very quickly too. Thus creating a high desirability, collectors with experience of this eagerly sort out new types.

Quality, when a reasonably to very rare trilobite has been extracted that is complete and in excellent preservation, attractively arranged in the fossil rock, fully inflated, all parts of the anatomy, all segments clear and is placed into the hands of the best technicians to painstakingly extract, clean and prepare the fossil for display and ultimately for sale, the price can exceed expectations. The most competent, most patient technical work commands much time. Process’s using acid to dissolve rock and pneumatic pen work of great skill therefore commands a higher cost in time and value.

Price becomes the third element in this scenario. Even for common types one can apply the same logic, to gain the best of these. This is how we price our fossil top to bottom and how collectors access there prize.

 

Fossils for sale

Quality, when a reasonably to very rare trilobite has been extracted that is complete and in excellent preservation, attractively arranged in the fossil rock, fully inflated, all parts of the anatomy, all segments clear and is placed into the hands of the best technicians to painstakingly extract, clean and prepare the fossil for display and ultimately for sale, the price can exceed expectations. The most competent, most patient technical work commands much time. Process’s using acid to dissolve rock and pneumatic pen work of great skill therefore commands a higher cost in time and value.

Price becomes the third element in this scenario. Even for common types one can apply the same logic, to gain the best of these. This is how we price our fossil top to bottom and how collectors access there prize.