Trading, Swapping and Purchasing Policy
We would like to buy your spare items of ORIGINAL British and Commonwealth military and police insignia (plus parachute wings of all countries) - but this depends on price.
If you have any items you wish to part with, please send a list of the badges with individual prices (in £ Sterling) - as opposed to the actual items. That way we don't incur unnecessary postage charges should we make a business decision against buying the pieces you wish to sell. It is cheaper to send a list both in terms of weight and postage cost. A photocopy or scanned image of the items may help if you do not have access to standard insignia reference books.
We regard setting the price as the owner's job - that way, you the seller get the price you want for them. We set the prices for items on our lists and see it only fair that you do the same for your property. Please tell us how much you want for your items.
Individual Prices. Sometimes people offer to sell us a number of items at an 'all-in' price for the lot. The problem with buying job-lots is that we might not want some of the items. We prefer that you set a separate price for each item you wish to sell. This makes it simpler to return the items we don't want. If you expect us to buy a collection at a single price for the lot, the price you ask should be a lower in order to compensate for potentially unsaleable items amongst the job-lot.
Swapping and Trading. The same principles apply - a 'cash-value' gives more flexibility in case your first choice from our catalogue is no longer available - we can then use this cash-value against your alternative choices. With over 10,000 collectors on our books it would otherwise be difficult to keep track of badges sent as swaps.
Once you set the price we will then be in a better position to tell whether or not we can re-sell them - 'one-for-one' swaps will not keep us in business.
As a guide, if we think an item will re-sell quickly, we will pay or swap for up to 60% of our selling price. If we already have a lot of similar items in stock, or if we are buying in bulk, it means that we will have items sitting on our shelves for a while; this would tie-up our cash, so we would not pay as much.
By giving swaps a 'cash-value' we can either send you a cheque or put the amount as a credit against your name. Please specify whether you would prefer a cheque or credit - please bear in mind that it costs us £1.50 in bank charges to produce each cheque and prefer to give credit for low-cost purchases.
If you have doubts about the originality of a badge, chances are that we will have similar doubts - if so, we would send the badge back to you. Similarly our clients tend not to want broken badges. To prevent unnecessary postal costs please list only undamaged badges which you consider genuine.
Please bear in mind that we may already hold sufficient stock of some of the items you offer for sale. Even if we do hold sufficient stock, we might still buy - but only if the price is low enough to justify tying-up our money.
Please send a price list of your spare items to -
We also have an online message form, but it deliberately does not allow attachments such as images.
Ian G Kelly (Militaria)