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Jasun & Mandy McAvoy

          Mineralman.com is run by Jasun & Mandy McAvoy. We are located in central coastal New Jersey, just 60 miles south of New York City. Jasun grew up in the small shore town of Manasquan, New Jersey, not too far from where we currently reside. He had a love of minerals as a child, and collected them along with stamps, coins, and insects. Jasun was an entrepreneur from an early age, and by the time he was five years old he was trading and selling his treasures with the local shop owners in Manasquan. In 1996, Jasun began attending Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where we first met. I (Mandy) grew up in a small town in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, and always had a love of science and nature as well.

          In 2001, just one year after we graduated from college, Jasun's interest in minerals was rekindled when the local chain of mall science stores were going out of business, and they began liquidating everything in their stores. They were selling literally everything, from the merchandise to their shelving and display cases. Most importantly, their display minerals (previously not intended for sale) were now available at rock bottom prices! Jasun saw this as an opportunity that was too good to pass up, and he began buying every mineral that he could find the money for, much to my chagrin. As the weeks went by, and the decorative shelf in our apartment began to overflow with mineral specimens, I asked Jasun "what are you going to do with all of these?" A short time later, after Jasun had spent some time admiring and researching each mineral, he decided to try selling them, perhaps maybe even just to raise cash to buy more.

          Suddenly, our business as ebay seller Mineralman999 was born! At the time there were few, if any, mineral dealers on ebay selling higher end specimens. Jasun soon established a reputation for offering unique and exceptional specimens, and was surprised to find himself inundated with emails from buyers inquiring about more specimens. Once it became apparent that demand for minerals on the internet was high, and that selling the minerals could be profitable, Jasun had no trouble convincing me to attend mineral shows with him to help select new specimens for reinvestment. As luck would have it, we were soon given the opportunity to purchase a significant mineral collection. We had so much fun with that, that we began searching high and low for other collections to purchase. Within three years, our part time mineral business grew successful enough for Jasun to quit his day job, and a couple of years later, I joined him working on the business full time.

          Now with over 10 years experience in the mineral business, we are still having fun acquiring and selling minerals. We especially enjoy the privilege of being involved in a field where you can learn something new, or discover something unexpectedly fascinating everyday. We are constantly acquiring new specimens and buying old collections, so if there is something you are looking for, or if you have a collection to sell, please contact us at mineralman999@yahoo.com

Here is an old photo of Jasun at 8 years old, in a rock shop in the Black Hills in South Dakota.

Jasun - 1986

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