BBB Warning: Not All Obama Memorabilia is Valuable

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

The Better Business Bureau is sending out a warning: not all Obama memorabilia is valuable. The only value for most trinkets is sentimental.

Posters, buttons, coins and even bobble-heads are flying off shelves as Americans hurry to grab their own piece of history. However, if you're thinking these trinkets are going to help you get rich think again. The BBB warns that the only value for most Obama memorabilia is sentimental.

The New York Times estimates consumers have already spent as much at $200 million on what's being called "Obamabilia."

While most of the memorabilia attached to President-elect Obama’s Inauguration are not worth much, it doesn’t mean that everything is worthless. Some items may actually increase substantially in value. However, an item generally needs to be extremely rare to be worth much money.

To be a savvy collector, the BBB has the following advice:

Get educated.
Collectors should research the value of Obama-related items before they begin purchasing memorabilia, especially if they are interested in buying pieces that have the potential for substantial appreciation in value.

Confirm authenticity.
Confirming the authenticity of memorabilia is not easy. Autographs can be verified by a third party, but for other items, the collector must ask the seller questions about the item, including how the seller came to own it. If the seller can’t answer simple questions, then the collector should walk away.

Make purchases with a credit card.
Consumers should always purchase items with a credit card when shopping online. If the seller turns out to be fraudulent, then the consumer can dispute the charge with the credit card company and may be eligible for reimbursement.

Purchase items from a reputable seller.
When shopping online, collectors should look for the BBB seal on Web sites and click on the seal to confirm the company’s legitimacy. If there isn’t a BBB seal on the site, shoppers should always check a company out with their BBB before they buy at

For more BBB advice you can trust on shopping safely click on the link below to their website.

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  • by Martinez Location: Southside on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    Wow Warner, you aren't America, and more people like Obama than you think. You spout these lies as if they were facts. Obama is not a Communist/Socialist dispite what Limbaugh and Fox news tell you. Your getting worked up over lies being told to you by dishonest people who will manipulate Americans fo their personal political and hateful views. Why do you believe he as a communist? do you honestly believe America would openly vote for one? or are your political views so extreme right that anything to the center looks like communism? Bush and his friends were so extreme right that Americans viewed him as another Hitler, think about that seriously.
  • by Warner on Jan 23, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    All if it should be worth ZERO. I did not vote for the man. I do not support his socialist ideas. I stand four-square against his votes for infanticide, his votes to gut the Constitutional right to self-protection, his vague ideas of nationalizing various industries, his intention to enlarge government to unheard of proportions and his softening on terror producing countries. And since these are the things his entire life's career point to as probable goals to "succeed" upon during his presidency... well, I want him to fail. And I want him to do so spectacularly. If Barack Obama is but a Trojan Horse for communism to push its nose under and into the tent, I want him to fail in the attempt. Simply put I want these ideas to fail miserably because success for them would mean the destruction of this country. So, wishing Obama to succeed would be hoping for the destruction of my country if success means the accomplishments of goals like I mention above. What have the American people done?
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