HOW TO AVOID FAKE
After a long time watching how eBay sellers get away with fakes, I have
decided to write something about it.
Fake pieces are all over, online and on 47th street. I have even heard a
rumor of one eBayer that specializes in fake signed pieces on 47th street
(either 15 west 47th or 36 west) but I have never met the guy, so it's only a
I have studies the patterns and behaviors of these fake sellers and I have
studied what items are mostly copied. It's very simple to spot a fake item if
you know what to look for and what to ask.
As a result of all the fakes going around, I ONLY DEAL IN
OLDER SIGNED PIECES.
Older pieces are not faked b/c it seems that the fakers are after cheap fast
money and they do not understand which pieces are collectible. Plus it's hard to
fake the wear on these pieces...wear is not always bad!
Here are some pointers to find faker and fakes.
Most fakes are NEW/NEWER silver pieces, silver is cheap and one can
produce alot of silver pieces.
OLD, ANTIQUE, VINTAGE and WORN PIECES ARE SAFER THEN NEW OR MODERN
PIECES....BUY OLD, NOT NEW, NEW YOU BUY AT THE STORE!
Pay attention to wear signs, they are a good hint that a piece would be
real and authentic (not always though).
When it gets to 18K and Platinum you are much safer b/c they are more
costly and involve more of a loss if something goes wrong.
99.99% of all Chinese (or East Asian) signed pieces are fakes, they
don't enforces laws against it. Also, you will find fakes come out of major
city areas that have warehouse and Chinese importers...One must know the
area to understand...For example...Buying from Flushing, Queens or
Manhattans China town is like buying directly from China.
When someone has a "New" or "Modern" signed piece with box and no
papers....guess what? probably fake. Chances of losing the receipt within a
month or two is very unlikely. Papers can allow you to verify the
authenticity of the piece, but reports from GIA, Christies or other
reputable sources do help. Note that some of the finest pieces around don't
have pieces...But then again fakers don't product expensive items...too
Check the sellers other auctions and PAST auctions too. If a seller
sells alot of one item, or he has a pattern of selling MODERN signed pieces
in MINT or NEW condition, he's probably selling fakes.
Most fakes are what's hot, Tiffany's, Cartier, Bulgari, David Yurman
Check feedback and return policy.
Last but not least....if in doubt do without.
Remember, eBay is a great place to find great pieces. Just be weary of new
pieces, why would anyone sell something that came out of Tiffany's 2 weeks ago
for less then half the price and with no papers?
Please vote for me!!!