(REVISED AUGUST 2011)
SELLERS WHOS NAMES ARE IN RED ITALICS ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS
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--------------------GETTING READY FOR A FAMILY REUNION -----------------
The picture shown below is currently listed on Ebay but it is missing the other members of this large and growing fake family. Missing is the goose, goat, elephant, lion, horse, cow, rhino, frog, hippo, fox, ram, swans, leopard, and donkey. The listing shows the base signature with the Made In China label still attached. Someone has already bid $150 for the set of four and they are available for less than $10.00 each.
THE BRIEF RETURN OF THE SPIDER
The group we have fought so long to get off Ebay has found a way to get back on. They consigned a fake spider lamp that they tried to sell many times on Ebay to an auction house in Florida since they and all of their 30 different names have been permanently removed from Ebay. The auction house listed it on Ebay and it immediately came to our attention. The auction house was notified and they removed it from their auction. It will probably show up again and if you see a spider lamp, think fake. These people will stop at nothing to sell their fakes and they should know that we will be watching.
LIVE AUCTIONS ABOUND ON EBAY AT THIS TIME AND IF THEY ARE OFFERING TIFFANY WITH ONLY ONE PHOTO, THINK BEFORE YOU BID
The photos above are of a genuine Tiffany Studios Sphinx and the photos below are yet another offering from frequent contributor WHEELBOY02. First it was listed with a Buy It Now price of $750 and when that would not work, it was relisted again with a Buy It Now price of $250. The seller calls it "spectacular, solid bronze Tiffany Studios paperweight with a wonderful rich, dark, aged patina". Compare the top photos with the bottom photos and you will see a major difference in quality, workmanship, detail and it is easy to see that there is no comparison between the two pieces.
THE ATLANTA ANTIQUE MALL AND OTHER STORIES
Just when you think the group operating out of Atlanta have ceased to offer their fake and fraudulently signed Tiffany lamps, up pops another new fake, this time in the Atlanta Antique Gallery. When it was reported to them that their lamp was a fake, out came the stories. First it was consigned by a local dealer who had in his "family for years", had bought it on the East Coast and had no idea what it even was. How lucky was that dealer to find such a knowledgeable mall that could turn it upside down and as clear as a bell, there was a Tiffany Studios signature. The signature, the base and the shade were all fake. The mall owners must have figured something was wrong all along as they stated in an e-mail that they had been trying to get the lamp validated for "several weeks" . Another fake and fraudulent Tiffany lamp was consigned from a "Georgia Estate and family members claim that it has been in the family for years" to an auction house on the East Coast of Florida. Unbelievable as it may seem, all of that matches the story from the mall people. The particular lamp offered in Florida happened to be the very same lamp that was originally detailed before on this site. Several different zero-rated sellers who were made NO LONGER A REGISTERED USER by Ebay and have used over 30 different names on Ebay offered it several times on Ebay. In the same week that the Atlanta mall had their fake Tiffany lamp listed, another fake and fraudulent lamp from the "Fowlers of Atlanta, Georgia" was consigned to a major auction house in the Northeast. When that auction house was notified of the problem listing, they immediately - did not take them several weeks - were able to determine that it was a fake and it was removed from the auction.
WHAT IS "PIGGYBACKING"?
"Piggybacking" is the illegal practice of placing the name of a product in the listing heading when that name is not what you are selling. Reporting it to Ebay will cause the item to be removed as it has been specifically addressed by Ebay as another way to stop fraud. Currently there are two examples of the use of the Tiffany name on Ebay and both are pictured below along with the name of the seller. It makes wonder if you would want to do business with any seller involved in this deceptive practice and Ebay is correct in removing examples of it.
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