Hello- I'm a fairly recent member of the forum and new to collecting WW2 memorabilia. I came upon the site after making my first purchase of an NSDAP kampfbinde at a local antique store earlier this year and have spent most of my time lurking in the shadows reading. My second purchase was a Deutsche Wehrmacht kampfbinde. Thanks to the helpful members of the forum both appear to be original and nice shape.
I've started with less glamorous but fairly safe and to me, interesting items. I would like to start making more purchases and have done some research on the forums and have narrowed down the list of "reputable" online dealers who similar "beginners" items for sale. What are the thoughts of other members on here regarding:
Grenadier Military Antiques
The Collector's Guild
Summer Vacation Militaria
Uniforms of the NSADP
World War II German Helmets
There seems to be conflicting thoughts on the price points among the various dealers listed above. At this point I'm not overly concerned with slightly overpaying for an item. I'm at the point where my attainable interests lie in the sub-$500 range and if I pay $90 for something that is more realistically going for $70-80 I'm not going to lose sleep over it if it comes from reputable source and is legitimate. I would have a problem paying $500 for a $200 item or a fake item. I understand no one is immune to fakes, and there are potentially even some in the Classifieds here, but working with trusted dealers would certainly help to reduce that possibility.
Any information that could be provided, in a broad sense, regarding others experiences with quality, accuracy of descriptions, ease of use and of course price would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.