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Bidders are paying attention. The fake and fraudulently signed lamps offered by ANTIQUEHUNTER0, MCCJOEA and MAEGRETIEL are receiving lots of bids that amount to less than 10 percent of their value if they were real. Who is bidding on these fakes? Imagine a bid of $9100 on a 18 light lily lamp that should sell for close to $100,000 if real. The other lamps that they are offering as Tiffany Studios era are selling for next to nothing which is what they are worth. We received an e mail from someone who asked "if these lamps are fake, how do they get so many bids?" The answer is that if the bids are PRIVATE, who knows if the bidders are real or if they are shills, do they have a feedback rating of 0 like the sellers and are there really 20 bids or just two shills bidding and bidding to make it look like there is activity. When you see a bidder with a low rating and see that they buy or sell low priced dolls or car parts, you would have to wonder why they are bidding on a Tiffany lamp.
Seller MAEGRETIEL has 2 lamps offered on Ebay now and neither is guaranteed to be genuine and neither can be paid for with PayPal or a credit card. What's with that?
All of the animals below are offered by DRJUSTICE and all of them are fakes. The seller thinks that one is especially rare because the Tiffany name has been mispelled but the other 2 are just plain rare.
BUYING AT AUCTIONS
A word of caution about buying Tiffany from the Ebay Live Auctions. Be very careful, ask questions and do not assume anything just because it is a live auction. Most are very reputable but some are used by owners to unload fake Tiffany and these can be told by the short descriptions, too few pictures with no guarantee of authenticity, and what about the 20 - 25 percent buyer's fee in addition to the selling price. Common sense is always the best defense against fakes.
He's back. MCCJOEA is back with his 2 fake lamps again. One is now called a Clematis but is the same lamp from a few weeks ago when it was called a Floral. The other is the same desk lamp as before that has yet to get even one bid. Still no Paypal, no credit card and no guarantee. Now he has a new one listed. Check out his "VERY VERY RARE" and VERY VERY FAKE Dragonfly shade just listed. Watch out for all three of them and we are sure he has more hidden away.
"BUYING OFF EBAY" - This is a practice that some of the sellers of fake Tiffany pieces use to sell their pieces and it works like this: using shills (their partners) they keep bidding until the auction is over. The high bidder is the shill and the second high bidder is the sucker. The sucker get an e mail from the seller- Ebay calls this a "Second Chance Offer" - and the seller gives you some excuse for not selling to the high bidder and, lucky you, can now buy it for your bid price. The item probably did not offer a guarantee but if it did, you are going to get stuck with a fake and Ebay will not be able to help you in any way. This happened to an Ebayer and he lost over $27,000 and has had no luck getting his money back for a fake although the seller promised it to be genuine. You cannot tell the real bidders from the shills when the seller uses the PRIVATE BIDDER feature so if you want to gamble, this is the wrong way.
What has happened to EDDYDANIELJ and his 2 lamps? Another one just gone without saying good bye and gone without even finishing out the two sales we talk about above. Totally gone and when there is no trace, it usually means that Ebay made him disappear. Maybe he has just been replaced by yet another new seller of Tiffany that - this is almost unbelievable - signed up on the same day as EDDYDANIELJ - November 18 - and likes to sell with the bidders PRIVATE and of course has a 0 feedback rating. This new seller is ALANDSPITTERSS and he does not offer to accept a credit card or PayPal just like the others. Wonder if he will join the others like EDDYDANIELJ, SUEQ404, MAEGRETIEL and JAMIECOHEN961? Be careful out there and you should think long and hard about buying Tiffany from someone who has a 0 rating.
Now it all begins to be clear. Ebay 160050583936 is a VERY VERY RARE ORIGINAL SIGNED TIFFANY STUDIOS LAMP listed by MCCJOEA who has a 0 feedback rating and is from Plainwell, Michigan. Ebay 190059789760 is a VERY FINE ANTIQUE DRAGONFLY LEADED GLASS LAMP and it is listed by ALANDSPITTERSS (see above) who has a 0 feedback and is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. The lamps and the shades are the same. What are the chances that the very same lamp can be offered by two different sellers both using the PRIVATE bidder feature, both with 0 feedback rating and both that live within 50 miles of each other. The mind is boggled by all of this. A very sharp observer and contributor to this site noted that the very same lamp table is used in both pictures. When MCCJOEA had it listed as VERY VERY RARE in November it got a high bid of $18,100 but did not reach reserve. Now it is listed as VERY FINE by ALANDSPITTERSS and it reached a high bid of $11,900 and did meet reserve. How can that be? The shills have been very busy with this lamp. What are the chances that although it did reach reserve, we will see it again?
The Atlanta group has lost another player. These are the people listed on previous pages 6 who sell using the PRIVATE feature, have no feedback and are usually less than 30 days registered on Ebay. The newest to leave Ebay is ANTIQUEHUNTER0 (antiquehunter0) and you can be sure he did not leave of his own free will. The problem is that they always leave taking a lot of money for fakes. His listings says he is from Miami. This time it was $8000 from a buyer in New York and $5000 from a buyer in Atlanta. The interesting part is that seller JAMIECOHEN961 (see page 4) sold $27,000 worth of fake lamps to someone who sent the money to the very same name and the very same address as ANTIQUEHUNTER0 used. They come and they go and they have different names and show that they live in different cities but the money always seem to go to the same person and the same address. Something is coming for them and it will not be a payment of the sort that they are looking for and it will not come in the mail.
THEY FINALLY CAME FOR THEM AND THEY CAME WITH BADGES AND IDENTIFICATION SHOWING THEM TO BE FROM THE ATLANTA FBI.
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