News-Antique.com - Apr 01,2009 - WorthPoint Offers 14-Day Free Trial Membership; Cites Benefits in Tough Economic Times
ATLANTA, April 1, 2009 -- WorthPoint (www.worthpoint.com), the world’s leading online resource for valuing, transacting and sharing information about art, antiques and collectibles, has introduced a 14-day free trial subscription – featuring access to the “Worthopedia” -- its premier database with tens of millions of item and price records, the industry’s largest.
“WorthPoint provides anyone with an interest in art, antiques, and collectibles with comprehensive yet simple tools for valuing, pricing, buying, selling, networking, learning and making a profit,” says Will Seippel, Founder & CEO of WorthPoint.
“The free trial membership will appeal to dealers, collectors, auctioneers and auction houses, but it can be especially helpful to families who are thinking about monetizing their high-end household assets in these difficult economic times,” says Seippel. “Many families are searching for alternative sources of income. Research shows that American households own more than $4 trillion of consumer durable items, from silverware to furniture, crystal, coins and art.”
People can choose their free trial at any one of three membership levels. All include various versions of a “Facebook type” profile page and networking tools along with other benefits as follows:
> Basic membership, at $9.99 per month or $99.99 pre-paid annual - includes a “find-a-business” directory listing; five simultaneous classified ads, and 15 Worthopedia item/price look-ups per month.
> Professional membership, at $24.99 per month or $249.99 pre-paid annual – includes a premium find-a-business directory listing; 20 simultaneous classified ads, and 60 Worthopedia item/price look ups per month.
> Power membership, at $49.99 monthly or $499.99 pre-paid annual – includes a premium find-a-business directory listing; 40 simultaneous classified ads, and unlimited Worthopedia item/price look-ups.
The Basic membership is targeted to consumers and casual collectors; the Professional level to the majority of active dealers, collectors and auction community members; and the Power level to high volume/high end transaction participants. In addition to using the Worthopedia, members can take advantage of advice from the company’s expert Worthologists on how to preserve, buy or sell antiques and collectibles. Members can also determine and access the best venues for buying or selling their items through the WorthPoint site plus share their knowledge and promote their businesses through its online communities.
Seippel says: “By sharing our knowledge, providing reliable data, and creating a fair marketplace for buyers and sellers, the WorthPoint community has brought and will bring thousands of new people into the collecting world. In addition, our subscription model allows anyone to determine how our tools and information can help them before they make any financial commitments. We believe it’s the best way to serve those who are passionate about art, antiques and collectibles.”
Atlanta-based WorthPoint recently signed a multi-year agreement with Victoria, British Columbia-based Terapeak, which provides eBay sellers and buyers with sales data to help target the best products to sell and other information such as average pricing and sell-through rates. Under the agreement, Terapeak provides WorthPoint with eBay's daily sales of antique