(REVISED AUGUST 2011)
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SELLER NAMES IN RED ITALICS ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS
PIECE OF FAKE TIFFANY IS NOT ON THIS SITE
THIS EXPLAINS IT ALL
"One last thing to point out to you is that if you run a search on ebay for Tiffany-Favrile vases, my listing doesn't even appear. I did this intentionally. I was careful to have it not appear when anyone is looking for Tiffany-Favrile pieces. I did this by leaving no spaces between LC and Tiffany. Clearly I am not trying to market this to people looking for LC Tiffany-Favrile pieces. It is just being marketed for people looking for pretty vases." This is from ARMCANDYCONSIGNMENT-COM who listed a fake piece of Tiffany with an opening bid of $6000.00. Clearly this must be the new normal opening price for a "pretty vase".
YOU ARE WARNED
The above pictures which are listed on Ebay by seller TRAPPENSEE have been forwarded to TiffanyFakes.Com by a frequent contributor. This is 3 of a total of 7 listed by this seller and the common thread is that the seller calls them all Tiffany in the title. The auction is in Germany, the listings are mostly in German and the seller tells you to ask for additional pictures and a condition report. Our contributor did exactly that and shame on you if you do not do that before you bid. This is what we have learned from the seller: Picture 1 (534) is a pair of shades that are not Tiffany, picture 2 (529) has a Loetz signature on the base, picture 3 (530) has an crack running through the entire piece. Why all of these facts were not disclosed in the listings is a big question but you are advised to be very careful. The seller is going to charge you 24.5 percent in addition to the bid price and then shipping is extra.
NEW FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
From a recent article in the WSJ,
Ebay has embarked on a new plan to try and get the buyers back. One
of their former buyers says she quit buying as she was afraid to end
up with a counterfeit item and she describes Ebay as "not a trusted
retailer". The article states that Ebay has restricted the selling
privileges of low rated sellers or cuts them off entirely. This view
is not shared by TiffanyFakes.Com who constantly see the same group
offering fake and fraudulently signed Tiffany Studios items, usually
lamps. One of the shills used by them e mailed to say that we were
wasting our time trying to stop them as they have more names and more
lamps than we can even imagine, that they only use Ebay to get the
names and that the seller of these items was a trusted auctioneer
in Atlanta. A brand new 0 rated seller on Ebay is allowed to hide
the identity of the bidders and if the shills get caught with the
high bid, they only need to go down the list of bidders with their
offer of a special deal and another fake lamp has been sold to an
unsuspected buyer. All of this laxity with the buyer's security makes
one think and know that they are "not a trusted retailer".
"Give me the listing fees" and "we are just a venue"
are not acceptable answers any more.
The photos above were taken from a Sotheby's auction catalog which is used by Ebay seller VANASOL as the provenance for a lamp they have listed. The problem is that the lamp shown in the Sotheby's catalog is not the same as the lamp VANASOL is selling. There are no great buys or bargains on fake Tiffany.
PSSST, HAVE I GOT A DEAL FOR YOU FROM NARUKO
One of the early contributors to TiffanyFakes.Com is NARUKO who has several listing for Tiffany Studios items. One is for a Tiffany (?) window. It offers an excellent education in reading and understanding sales pitches. Read the listing carefully. The seller is offering an opportunity to buy one of these windows which "should bring between $250K and $350K" but you can purchase it from him for only $145,000. You are going to be his new best friend but before you run off and spend all of this money you are going to make, you need to take a few minutes and read his 18 negative feedbacks. They are not the usual took too long to ship, poor communication or postage too high feedback. After a review of the feedback, the following are excerpts: "reproduction", "fakes", "not original", "false goods", "very misleading", "fraud", "new repo" and several of them comment on the fact that the seller will not honor his own printed guarantee. Such a deal. If you feel like you want to gamble with this seller, ask for a specific guarantee and ask that it be placed in the listing. One says it can be returned for store credit only but must be returned within 7 days and it must be accompanied by a "signed written statement by a professionally recognized and qualified authority". do not forget to get all of this done within the 7 days. You can imagine what a store credit could be worth from this seller. This seller also uses the Private Bidder feature and this Ebay option should never be offered to any seller with feedback like this seller has. The Tiffany (?) items this seller has been listing lately have not had one single offer which should tell them that buyers are not totally stupid. Remember the best piece of Tiffany you ever buy should be real.
WHAT MAKES IT FAKE ?
In order to be genuine Tiffany, it must be described correctly. A vase with a fake signature or a lamp with a genuine base and a fake shade or a desk set piece with a missing or altered part will all be placed on this site. Recently we have seen several examples of this and also have seen lamp parts put together or modifications made to a genuine lamp which does not make them genuine. If you have interest in a listing and you cannot see the item clearly, the signature is not shown or the base is not shown, do not bid. Ask for additional pictures and insist they be placed as a revision to the listing. Some auction houses are masters of deception with their one picture and lack of a guarantee and then they expect you to bid and pay upwards of 20 percent commission. If it is called Tiffany, then it should be guaranteed to be genuine Tiffany. Do not settle for less.