by JPie » May 19, 2019 To continue the conversation about IG sellers and the “DM for price” sales tactic, post your $0.02 in this thread. My latest experience with it (TL;DR version: seller gives ballpark, comes back with price 19% higher, item SNAD, returned, and reposted by seller at 14% lower than what she had charged me): I recently purchased an antique brooch, and the seller told me it was 18K and gave me a ballpark of the price. Then she said she “checked her invoice” and quoted me about 19% over her initial ballpark. Since I really wanted this item and it was still a good price, I agreed. (Yeah, never again.) When the item arrived, I found the hallmarks for silver over 18K gold, which actually makes a lot more sense for the period than solid 18K gold. I thought it odd that the seller only mentioned the hallmark on the pin stem; I don’t know if she just didn’t see the other rather obvious hallmarks or if she just wasn’t thorough in describing the piece. The thing that ultimately made me return the brooch was that it was plated in a white metal. You can see the original rose gold showing where the plating rubbed off. I hated that plating and I was annoyed that it wasn’t disclosed by the seller. I don’t know if she even knew. The nicest thing I can say about the seller is that she refunded me promptly when I returned the piece. I ate the initial cost of shipping to me and the return shipping, but that’s not what I’m salty about. This morning, I saw that the seller listed the brooch at 14% less than what I paid, with no disclosure about the plating and describing it only as 18K gold. I had sent her photos of the silver hallmark and I think that’s pretty relevant information that she’s not disclosing. I can only hope that whoever buys the brooch next doesn’t care about these things.