Frequently Asked Questions
With every website arise questions. The most important ones will be covered here. If you have other questions, please use the Contact Us page.
Q. Are all badges available shown on the page?
A. Not always. A number of people have dropped "wish lists" for badges, while others are actively advertised as "wanted". Also, when a collection comes up for sale it's not always possible to update the website immediately. If you are looking for a particular badge, chances are it's in stock. Don't hesitate to contact us. In general, hundreds of badges are available.
Also, small items, like pin badges come and go quickly. If you want a particular one, please drop a line.
Q. Why does a badge appear more than once?
A. A badge can fall into several categories (say: an American badge, which at the same type can be classified as a collector's item). Then it will be shown under the USA badges, as well as the Collectors' Items, also when there's solely one badge available.
Q. Is part exchange possible?
A. Yes, it is, but it depends on several things: the relative rarity of the badge(s), the condition of the badge(s) and the price you have in mind. Pictures of front and rear are necessary, a good description. NEVER counterfeit badges will be considered.
Q. How to pay purchases.
A. Please wait for the invoice to arrive. In the EUR zone, EUR transfers can be made. Likewise clients with GBP accounts are accomodated with the option to pay by transfer in their own currency.
Payment by credit cards is possible by selecting WireCard. Master Card and VISA as well as VPay are accepted by the bank, American Express unfortunately not.
Dutch clients now have the option to pay through "Tikkie" payment request by means of Facebook/WhatsApp. Please send a message first and then wait for the payment request.
Q. How do your prices appear on the site?
A. All prices are stated exclusive VAT and postage on the website. The VAT in The Netherlands is 21% and has to be calculated to EU residents. People with an address outside the European Union are VAT exempt.
Postage is calculated on basis of location and weight. It usually is more economical to order two (or more) items at the same time than in separate orders.
VAT and postage are added automatically when you check out from the cart.
Q. How do you treat my personal details?
A. The details you provide are necessary to send the package. Telephone and e-mail details are required by mailing companies, in case they cannot locate an address or fail to find a person home when a package is delivered. Clients' details are not shared with other third parties.
Q. How can I tell a counterfeit badge?
A. Most counterfeit badges are made from inferior material. They look similar to, but not exactly like, the originals. Often they are smaller, but above all lighter! If you consider purchasing a badge, which appears cheap, and you are in doubt about its merits, please feel free to contact us.
Just two examples of comparing counterfeit badges with the real thing.
Left, the real thing.
Right, the counterfeit ones.
The genuine badges are larger, heavier and have a far better finish. For example the yellow rimmed Morgan Car Club of Washington DC badge is chrome/enamel, while the poor (India) reproduction has no enamel at all, but rather a poor finish.
These are just two examples, but there are many others!
Background photograph by Patrick Brinton