Quoted from Black_Knight:
But with all the cheapskates in the hobby, no one is going to spend $30+ on a notary, and its not needed anyway.
If a person does not believe me, or my experiences that is an enthusiast's prerogative.
Times are not as before.
Individuals regularly in the last 5 years in some cases have stopped $30-150K in games in one year. Others have spent equal to that in restorations, sometimes above the value of the games itself.
The first time an individual encounters a complete nutjob, or a first time buyer that thinks a game is covered by some type of unspoken warranty or wants a refund two months later because they are bored, a person might just change their mind.
The more games a person buys, the more my advice will make sense. This includes things such as entire containers of machines or collections, not just individual machines from private owners.
Preparing proper invoices takes 5-10 minutes, is not difficult, and saves hours of frustration, beyond what I already mentioned.
Many sellers have personally thanked me for this knowledge when they sold games in the future. Buyers have asked for the format, terms, and exact wording on invoices.
I don't notary $400 games.
I do notarize $20K+ games.
I have acted as a witness and inspection in such cases.
I always do invoices for game records.
Special sales contracts and transfer of funds go into place with large volume sales or HER games.
It is good business practice and dealers do the same aspects.
Long time dealers already know, not just for tracking sales, income, or taxes.
I cover the full spectrum of all types of purchases. The higher you go, the more you protect.