Just thought I'd show you a piece I purchased at Sam's Club, before they stopped selling imported Art Glass (at my local store anyway). They said there was just no demand for the Art Glass anymore. I saw these, before I started collecting Murano glass and bought them 1 year later. That was about 4 years ago. I saw them drop from $249 to $111, the price I paid for them. It is a contemporary piece, beautiful all the same. I collect Murano because of the beauty and heritage. I can't afford to collect showcase pieces, as I am on a limited income now, due to a disability. But that doesn't mean i can't keep my eye open for a deal, here and there.
In fact, I'd say, for the $$ I've got tied up in my Art Glass, I've done pretty good and my friends love to see them when they come over! I've been called a closet collector or tourist collector, but it doesn't bother me. I buy what I can afford, when I can afford it, if I like it. I just don't like being shined on when purchasing off eBay! For the most part, I've done pretty good. I stick to the mid-century paperweights, as they are more affordable.
I'll tell you, it really seems like a buyers market for just about everything right now, and eBay is showing it. I am going to wait a while before I try and sell anything for a while, until the economy picks up. If it ever does here in the U.S.? Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Craig, as I was typing this up, you posted a reply, and was wondering if you could give me a list of these sellers. I am new, so you may be apprehensive, but it would really help me out! In any event, thanks for the input!