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Dave's Desk  

Previous Blogs

Issue #1 Black Allgemeine SS out of the Woodwork

Issue #2 General Update & Rambling On

Issue #3 Sometimes I have to keep 'em

Issue #4 History, that's what is all about!

Issue #5 Wow, What a Year!

Issue #6 Pre-Show of Shows

Issue #7 Show of Shows

Issue #8 Determining Authenticity

Issue #9 Slow Market???

Issue #10 Changes at WW2GermanHelmets.com 

Issue #11 Let's talk about a helmet!!!

Issue #12 2011 German Helmets Calendar

Issue #13 Ringing in the New Year

Issue #14 Prep for the SOS

Issue #15 SOS Recap & More!!!

Issue #16 USB Microscope & Born 40 years too late!!!

Issue #17 - D-Day June 6th, 1944

Issue #18 Good' ay Mates!

Issue #19 MAX show recap - Pittsburgh, PA 2011

Issue #20 The 67th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

Issue #21 The 2012 Show of Shows Recap

 


Issue #22 Wrestling with Authenticity & Incorporation

Good day History buffs & fans of WW2GermanHelmets.com.   Okay,  I know it's been a while since I have updated the Blog.   The reason is, things have been just crazy busy thus far during 2012.   Business has been steady, with lots of new customers, and lots of buying opportunities.   Our growth year over year is continuing,  in spite of the challenged Global economy.   If we have a benefit in our business, it's being global, so we haven't been dragged down by the US economy in recession.   I do recognize that we have been affected by the US economy, but our industry has held up better than most.    

I am pleased to report that with the growth of our company, we made the plunge earlier in June to become incorporated.    The tax benefits of incorporation finally outweighed the hassle of being incorporated.    The official name of the corporation is WW2GermanHelmets, Inc.   We will still continue of course to operate as WW2GermanHelmets.com but you may notice that checks will be written to the company and a few other subtle changes.    Something that was funny for me was that when we incorporated, I had to become the President or CEO.    The president job title seems odd given that we are such a small business.   But, our Accountant assisting with the incorporation said it had to be that way.    I am really excited though as the Incorporation process is going to stream line and lead to better organization.   It's really been an exciting ride for me.    When I launched the website in 2005, we started off with about 5 helmets and a few miscellaneous items.   Initially I was just hoping for a side business that would help me with a little "Dave" cash.  You guys understand having your own little side fund for the man purchases!    Some of very first customers are still with us today, after 7 years.   I have come to know many of you personally and have developed great friendships.   Sure, at the end of the day, there is still the business side of things but the relationships are surely appreciated.

I never expected the business to grow to the point that it has.   When I decided to launch the website back in 2005, I never really set a goal to become a full time dealer in the hobby.   I wasn't really sure of what the future held, so I just worked hard, bought and sold helmets and other items and things just took off.   One thing that was the core focus was selling authentic items, and only authentic items.    To this day, I still remain 100% committing to this goal.  Trust is not easily earned and can be quickly destroyed.    One of the biggest challenges with growth of the website is steering clear of the fake items.   I don't pretend to be an expert in all areas of the Military collectables hobby.   I don't think that any one person can wrap their brain around all of the various niches.    I still depend on a number of fellows in certain areas to help out with authenticating.   You can bet that if I am not 100% sure an item is real, it will not be on my website, period!    The most dangerous thing I believe in this hobby is for a person to become a self proclaimed expert.    I like to just say that I well versed in German helmets.   I have the experience to tell a good helmet from a bad helmet, but I don't like the term expert, I haven't earned that title myself.   

I spend considerable time behind the scenes trying to make sure that everything on the website is real.   For example, I had a fairly large collection come in this week for review and I have the opportunity to buy the items.  Some of the items are good and some are bad.    I probably invested 20-25 hours just this week photographing and sending emails on various items.   I also posted up a number of items on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum in the specific categories.  There are some really solid fellows there that have niche specific knowledge, in areas such as Iron Crosses, Field Gear, Uniforms, Badges, Insignia, and more.   I am smart enough to recognize that I am a "helmet" guy and if you get me outside of that area, I know enough to be dangerous!    For example, I had an Iron Cross First Class 1914 with the 1939 Bar come in this week, fantastic patina, the damn thing looked real.   I posted it up on the WAF Iron Cross section, and it was quickly flushed out a fake.   There are areas in the hobby in which the fakes are dangerous.    The point of all this is, authenticity is still our main focus and as the company grows it will remain a core focus.   

Moving forward in our hobby, wrestling the alligator of authenticity will remain just part of all of our lives as collectors and dealers.    We just have to accept that fact and embrace the process by developing good channels and relationships with the fellows within the hobby that have the knowledge and are happy to share their knowledge.   We are lucky in the hobby & industry to have some great guys that are always willing to assist with determining if an item is real or not.   

Until next time....happy hunting!!!! 

Dave 


 

     

Authentic German
WWII Helmets are
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Payment Methods and Shipping   

Cash, Check, Money Order, or Credit Card through PayPal.  



There will be a 4.0% fee for PayPal purchases. For PayPal, simply provide me with your e-mail address and the item(s) you want and I will forward you a PayPal invoice.   

SHIPPING 

Items will be shipped after the check clears for items paid with personal checks. 

Shipping/handling within the lower 48 States and Canada will be $15.00.   

I will ship internationally on a quote basis.  I will ship to any country that shipping is available.   Be advised that if you are in a banned country, the risk for customs seizure is yours. 

 

Please make checks and money orders payable as follows:

 

WW2GermanHelmets, Inc.

128 Silver Pine Drive  

Hendersonville NC 28739

USA  

Email:  GermanHelmets@morrisbb.net

Phone:  828-335-1944

 


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