Misrepresented item - etiquette for addressing?

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Jeepfreak81, May 20, 2018.

  1. Jeepfreak81

    Jeepfreak81 Active Member

    Evening all! I was browsing the Bay for some 1892 columbian Expo halves that might catch my eye. Well one did, but not for the right reasons. This thing is either plated or counterfeited I think. The seller is claiming it's "proof like" but I'm not sure they are purposely misrepresenting the item, maybe they really think this is a proof like coin. Looking at the seller's other items they look to just deal in collectibles in general, maybe they don't have much coin knowledge.

    Anyway, do any of you address things like this? Do you message the seller and politely point it out. They item has numerous revisions over the past couple months, so clearly they're having trouble selling it. Not that I think I can single handedly clean up ebay listings, but do any of you address these, or just shake your head and move along.

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  3. Jeepfreak81

    Jeepfreak81 Active Member

    WOW, while I was typing this thread the item sold!!!
  4. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    You can point it out if you want, but there’s not enough hours in the day to police the internet
  5. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    It was polished or plated. You can't help ebay.
  6. BoonTheGoon

    BoonTheGoon Grade A mad lad

    Ebay is like anikin in starwars, no matter how much you want to help it, it always falls to the dark side
  7. Jeepfreak81

    Jeepfreak81 Active Member

    Ya my vote was on plated, hopefully whoever bought it knows what they are getting.

    Yes I suppose it is an effort in futility isn't it.

    One reason I was considering contacting the seller is because of something I sold last year. I had a Peavey Classic 50 guitar amp I was selling. I got a message from somebody that told me one of the preamp tubes looked burned out. Now the message was rather snarky and I was actually irritated by it at first. Partially because the amp worked and sounded great, but I hadn't really checked the tubes in quite some time. Upon inspection I realized he was right and I replaced it before selling it. I would have felt bad if I sold it and the person who bought it contacted me complaining about a burnt tube.

    Sometimes things are just oversights like in my case, or people who are uneducated. But it's a full time job trying to educate people who have no interest in learning.
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  8. Blissskr

    Blissskr Well-Known Member

    Anyone buying coins should ideally be able to recognize a coin like that polished within an inch of it's life. If not well <$20 total is a good price point to learn that lesson.
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