BAIT AND SWITCH
by Charlie Finch
Phil Mushnick, the television columnist for the New York Post
, has long advocated a simple way to test the price points put forth by the expert appraisers on PBS' Antiques Road Show
. When the expert tells you that the painting you hauled out of your attic is worth $10,000-$15,000 in "an auction environment," the lucky owner should simply reply, "Wow, that's great. I'll sell it to you right now for $8,000." Think the appraiser would do it? I don't think so.