Feb 252011

Here is another acronym used in advertising Swarovski crystal that is offered for sale.  While the many experienced Swarovski Crystal collectors understand the frequently used acronyms, there are still a lot of people buying and selling Swarovski who do not have knowledge of the acronyms or can be mislead by improper use of the acronym.  So, I thought I’d do my best to cover another acronym and offer cautions on the use of it.

Swarovski HTF – Swarovski Hard-To-Find.  This acronym has potential…..that is when it is not mis-used.  ‘Rare’ would be the most difficult among Swarovski crystal items to locate.  ‘Hard to Find’ would be next in line.  Rare and Hard-To-Find figurines would be the most sought after Swarovski pieces, and likely command the highest prices.

The issue with Swarovski HTF is that many times auction sellers use it to get traffic to their auction items or pump up the price, even when the item is not Hard-To-Find.  Take a look at the auctions using this link:

Swarovski HTF crystal figurines in an online auction

As of the posting of this article, there are 68 items in the search results.  I think only 5 or 6 of Swarovski figurines could really be classified as Hard-To-Find, and that is if you are generous with the term.  Over 40 of the items in the search results are from the same seller who uses both Rare and Hard-To-Find in the auction titles.  And honestly, many of his items are ETF….easy-to-find.  So here is a prime example of the term Swarovski HTF being used to hopefully generate leads to his auction as the items are indeed not rare or hard to find.

If a Swarovski collector is wondering about the accuracy on the rarity of the item, a google search can be performed on the item name.  If there are a lot of hits with stores that have it in stock, it is certainly not rare or hard to find.  An auction search could be performed as well to see how many are available for sale at the moment and do a price comparison at the same time.

In conclusion, do some of your own investigation before leaping to bid or buy it now because you see Swarovski HTF used in an auction title or description.

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