Unscrupulous Ebay Sellers/Buyers

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by DaltonGang, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. Steve56

    Steve56 Hone Hoarder

    Typical scammer response, you know what they’re doing, they know what they’re doing, they’re gaslighting.
  2. Rev579

    Rev579 Well-Known Member

    Sure, but "We" ought to be better than the typical eBay scammer if we are participants here and on the other shaving forums. It's actually stuff like that which leads me to make PM offers more than listing razors in the various classifieds. I'm not a huge fan of Ticks.
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  3. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    For basic shipping, in a padded envelope, he was off. It's inexpensive that way. Boxed is higher.

  4. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    As experienced as some of you are I am surprised a bad seller stands a chance.
  5. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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  6. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

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  7. Steve56

    Steve56 Hone Hoarder

    That’s funny! Of course it has major issues.
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  8. DrStrange

    DrStrange Well-Known Member


    Here's a different one of those, I think.
    Only someone with a pure heart is able to actually see the razor.
    There's a photo of the box.
    The description says:

    Item description
    It's that simple. If factory sealed, the item must remain sealed.

    What's beautiful about that tautological description,
    is that whether or not the item being sold is factory sealed,
    is irrelevant to the truth of the description.

    If your heart is pure, you can click the

    See full item description

    button, and actually see a single picture of what the razor looks like when it's closed.
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  9. Spyder

    Spyder Well-Known Member

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  10. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Nice try!!

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  11. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers


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  12. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    I tend look for razors and lately Esterbrook fountain pens from estate sales. If the seller has dozens of razors/pens for sale, I don't bother submitting a bid unless the item is clearly in original condition. As a result, I have never been close to getting fooled.

    The buyer who is looking for a '34 British Gillette Aristocrat in the original case for $10 is a likely prey. These buyers come back to the forum bragging only to learn its the wrong case or the wrong scales, or the blades warping was not visible because of the slick clean up from the seller.

    I've said for some time that the day is coming when finding an original, untouched vintage razor will be next to impossible on eBay.
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  13. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Maybe, but not for a while. Definitely, not while some of us start kicking the bucket, and our wives start dumping our collections on eBay.
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  14. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Another Ebay seller got a negative feedback, by me.
    I won an auction for three NOS scales, for $30. It was a good deal, but after the PayPal transaction was verified, on his part, he sent a message saying this auction was for only one of the scales. I reminded him that nowhere did he say that in the auction, in any way, and reminded him that I am an Honest buyer, and hoped he was an Honest seller. He stated it was his mistake, and was shipping them. Later, he wrote that he refunded my money, because it was an honest mistake. Suffice it to say, he never honored the sale, and he was rewarded with a negative feedback. I guess he expected more money from competing bidders. I somewhat expected shenanigans, because he only had one feedback, as a seller.

  15. Rkep01

    Rkep01 Well-Known Member

    Everyone has to start at 0 sales on eBay. It's difficult to build up a good rating from scratch when many buyers, myself included, have a policy of not buying from a seller with few positive feedbacks. Your experience just reinforces my view.
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  16. Steve56

    Steve56 Hone Hoarder


    That day isn’t here yet, I rolled the dice on a 5/8-11/16 E. A. Berg with not-so-great images. The dark steel could be corroded or just shiny but not reflecting light. The scales were curious, in very good condition and no collars on the pins though clearly not a natural material. The seller was a country store of some kind, so not your typical razor scammer I thought, and decided to gamble.

    Here’s what I got, a NOS razor with no hone wear at all, no corrosion (one tiny spot on the tang just ahead of the fish), and the scales appear new also, they’re Ebonite/hard rubber. I was surprised that it was clearly new or indistinguishable from new. But yet it is. The stamps date it between 1891 and 1914.
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  17. Rkep01

    Rkep01 Well-Known Member

    Nice find, Steve.
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  18. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    congratulations brother :):bounce017:

    I’ve got a JOHN Holler with the same scales and pristine condition. Do the scales reek of old tires?
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  19. Steve56

    Steve56 Hone Hoarder

    Yep, they sure do, especially when you rub them a little. Post an image of the Holler scales, I’d like to see them.
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  20. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    Okay, as soon as I get home, Steve. ;)
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