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Neophyte's - WALL OF SHAME!

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The Neophyte Numismatist

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I will post the most egregiously horrible sellers.  If you make my wall... please re-think your strategy and consider the damage that you are doing to the hobby!  186759504_ScreenShot2022-03-31at10_36_49PM.thumb.png.923001863c4d6614bfe268cafc59d587.png

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Unfortunately I'd say the odds are small that these people or their would-be customers will ever see this. I also think the odds of these sellers caring is zero. They know what they're doing. They have no shame.

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These should be a pretty obvious “no” to any collector, even a novice. What really should be on a “Wall of Shame” are the ones that sell Chinese fakes that they claim they “inherited from Grandpa” or sell altered coins like 1894-S Morgans with the mintmark removed, then both the seller and ebay refuse to take down the auction when confronted.  

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On 4/1/2022 at 8:18 AM, CBC said:

These should be a pretty obvious “no” to any collector, even a novice. What really should be on a “Wall of Shame” are the ones that sell Chinese fakes that they claim they “inherited from Grandpa” or sell altered coins like 1894-S Morgans with the mintmark removed, then both the seller and ebay refuse to take down the auction when confronted.  

Post them - that's what this is for.  I found a "Help Grandma" but post the fakes and scammers.  I am a novice, and definitely recognize the fact that these are not-as-advertised. Hoping this could help someone from making a not-thought-out purchase.

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I posted three apparently altered 1894 Morgan dollars on the Counterfeit Coins chat board back in January.  I contacted all three sellers with my concerns, two did not respond and the third responded with “you don’t know what you’re looking at” and got verbally abusive when I responded to his response. I reported all three sellers to eBay, got no response from eBay and they allowed all three auctions to continue to completion.  End result, in my opinion, three unsuspecting buyers paid $800+ each for altered Morgan dollars that are worth nothing more than melt value. 

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One of those suspect 1894-“P” Morgans just re-appeared on ebay, listed by a different seller than the listing in January but the same photos as the January listing. Interestingly, both sellers are from Huntsville, Alabama.  Bid is over $700 and ends Tuesday.  Maybe the January buyer figured out it was fake and returned it?
 

 

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Now if only the AU 53 dime was a PF 53 dime, you might have something. What a sham or wishful thinking? I'll go with wall of shame sham for a coin worth 10 cents.

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ebay as a source of coins is a joke...why bother when there are other options available to acquire coins?

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On 7/17/2022 at 3:11 PM, JoeF said:

ebay as a source of coins is a joke...why bother when there are other options available to acquire coins?

I disagree.  I think eBay is fine if you know what you are looking for. Lot's of great dealers on eBay.  Prices are more miss than hit, but I find eBay to be a great coin aggregator.

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I've seen more than a few sellers on Ebay claiming that their coin is a high-grade MS piece, when it's actually a POS that looks like it got picked up off the street... 

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I hate to say "caveat emptor" here but, there's gotta be a whole lot of "caveat emptor" here. There will always be unscrupulous sellers, as the buyer, one needs to be aware of this fact. Do your research before buying anything, people! 

Nice thread @The Neophyte Numismatist. Tools like this are invaluable. Thank you. 

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Thanks @CoinJockey73 .  I wanted to have a place were people could post the absurd, and potentially more "passable" threats to the hobby.  I agree that these things should get a hot spotlight, because they prey upon the neophyte.  Fortunately for me... I am cheap, risk averse and a complete nerd.

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On 9/1/2022 at 9:24 PM, The Neophyte Numismatist said:

Thanks @CoinJockey73 .  I wanted to have a place were people could post the absurd, and potentially more "passable" threats to the hobby.  I agree that these things should get a hot spotlight, because they prey upon the neophyte.  Fortunately for me... I am cheap, risk averse and a complete nerd.

I'm two out of 3. I wish i were a nerd, but I'm not smart enough, but i definitely am a geek, on many things. So i consider myself in good company :bigsmile:

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