Are Ebuyers truly this pathetic?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Strik9, Mar 30, 2023.

  1. Strik9

    Strik9 New Member

    IMG_0285.png IMG_0284.png Okay everyone — I am beyond puzzled by the sheer idiocy of some buyers on Ebay. In specific, I have watched for the last few months how this specific seller (of whom I will mask any relevant identifying information) manages to sell a never ending supply of absolutely ridiculous edited coins, which are so blatantly (and crudely) sprayed over with a silver color that it leaves me wondering what the hell is going on? Especially considering that he manages to get 2-3 times what others are getting for ACTUAL, uncirculated coins. Not to mention, why I myself shouldn’t just start doing the same. I mean, seriously — just look at how laughable these are.

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  3. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    There are a handful of sellers that enhance photos (either to make a coin more DMPL, more colorful, or to hide marks). Quite a few are fairly obvious. Yet people continue to bid. Some of this might be explained by shill bidding (seller or his associates running someone up) but there is plenty of regular bidders that don't do their research or get too enamored with the photo (not realizing it is enhanced).
  4. Marsden

    Marsden Well-Known Member

    Oh, that's the one in Colorado. I just got snookered by the one in Arizona. And not for the first time! Yes, that's how stupid I am. Enamored! That's a nice word for it, thanks very much.
  5. Marsden

    Marsden Well-Known Member

    To the OP, they're not sprayed over with anything. It's all done with mirrors.. Mirrors and Photoshop.
  6. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    It happens and the important thing is to learn from the experience. Take note of the seller and the style of the photography and refrain from bidding on those items.
  7. Marsden

    Marsden Well-Known Member

    But they look so nice!!!!!

    And the next one might be better! COULD HAPPEN!!!
  8. AdamL

    AdamL Well-Known Member

    Yeah, they're not sprayed and they look nothing like that in hand. The trick is all in the photography.
  9. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    That's what keeps people bidding unfortunately.
  10. Strik9

    Strik9 New Member

    So is the enamor in the (supposed) DPML luster? Because the coins are so dinged and scratched up that’s it’s ridiculous.
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    The photos are doctored.
  12. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis Helpful? Click *Best Answer*! Supporter

    Everyone knows this seller, and to avoid them.

    If you didn't know, now you do ;)

    The background is an immediate giveaway.
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  13. PamR

    PamR Well-Known Member

    People especially members in CT, compare photos of things posted here verses eBay or anywhere else. Clearly that coin has been modified. I’m no pro but no way is that coin attractive to even purchase. That’s my opinion of course. Today, people will probably do even more of falsifying items to sell. If it’s too good to be true it probably is. People work together to probably give the seller good ratings and yes help with bidding.
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  14. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Einstein said it best -

    "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
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  15. Silverpop

    Silverpop Well-Known Member

    just another way to part suckers with their cash and bad thing is there are suckers who fall for such things
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  16. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    At least it isn't like Etsy, where you can buy such coins for .99 but pay $132.50 for postage and shipping. LOL
  17. Vertigo

    Vertigo Did someone say bust?

    Yep that's one to avoid. With the Arizona guy. I know I've posted before about these sellers. As have others. But there is a group of idiots on ebay. Mostly newcomers I believe that will bid on these. These sellers are likely using a shill bidder to up the bid and get these newcomers to go higher. If the shill wins they don't pay. And thus the coin will be re-listed later. And yes, mirrors and angled lighting. And software enhancement as well. At some point you learn and so do they. But not until they buy a few and find this site or others and they figure out they were taken. By then other newcomers come along and fall in the trap. I think there are people out there that don't ever figure it out. Sometimes their dead relatives discover they bought junk their whole life. Sad but sometimes true.
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  18. Strik9

    Strik9 New Member

    Well I definitely hadn’t expected the amount of replies and other related comments, which were garnered from my post. I thank you all for your time and for helping me sort out the issue — of which, no longer remains.
  19. Player11

    Player11 Bullish

    Buying at a show sight seen has its merits. I bet that seller really banks.
  20. Marsden

    Marsden Well-Known Member

    Although I don't know what you mean by enamor in this context, I reiterate that the photos are digitally manipulated. Generally by heightened contrast.

    Separately, IME their coins are pretty clean, just nowhere near as dramatic as they're presented.

    ETA that my experience is pretty limited, because I never ordered from them a second time, and the first time was more from curiosity than anything else.
  21. buddy16cat

    buddy16cat Well-Known Member

    I never buy listings like this but I buy off Ebay often. I have been buying slabbed coins lately though.
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