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Discussion in 'Hangout' started by Luvallgems, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. the_mother_thing
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    by the_mother_thing » Jun 22, 2019
    I agree that we shouldn’t receive any preferential treatment as PSers just like how much one spends shouldn’t dictate more/less respect as a customer; however, given we tend to know what we want and can articulate it more clearly that perhaps a non-PSer/newbie, I think that level of clarity & knowledge we provide a vendor should/ would be appreciated, given it takes some/a lot of the guesswork out for the vendor.
     
  2. smitcompton
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    by smitcompton » Jun 22, 2019
    Hi,

    It seems either people have short memories or new people aren't aware of what when on before they came to pricescope.

    1. Alex Park used to come on pricescope in the colored stone section always inquiring what we thought something was worth that he owned. He never said he was trade, ever, until he was caught.
    2. Alex Park used to go on Loupe troup and use names of regular posters at that time with a slight variation in the name, hoping people would think it was a regular loupe troup or PS poster.
    3. I do not recall how exactly he was found out, but since then I have not seen him on Pricescope.

    I was surprised when people here began using him as a vendor. This is not to say he cheated anyone that I know of, but was not forthright when on Pricescope. I find him sleazy. But, he may be good, just my impression, and perhaps his comments are directly related to the past, when he was called out on here.

    Annette
     
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  3. mrs-b
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    by mrs-b » Jun 22, 2019
    Well, there you have it. Three strikes and you're out. Sounds more like thirty than three, tho! It's all ugly, but #2 (as bolded) - gees louise....

    Thanks for the info, Annette - combined with the other 2 incidents, I think this gives a fuller picture.
     
  4. yssie
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    by yssie » Jun 22, 2019
    I remember Paul (CBI) asking Alex multiple times if he was in the trade, as he wasn't registered on PS as a tradeperson at the time. It seemed like he disappeared as quickly as he came and I didn't think anything more of it.

    The bolded, though? Say what now? Do you have any examples @smitcompton? Ditto @mrs-b - that'd be a whole different level of really not-okay...
     
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  5. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Jun 22, 2019
    Paul sure catches on quickly, :cool2:
     
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  6. smitcompton
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    by smitcompton » Jun 22, 2019
    Hi,

    Sorry, my memory is not that good. But, if people on PS answered his ad on Loupetroop, they might easily have found it was Alex Park, not the person he was implying he was. I am sure this happened with Alex Park. People came back on colored stones to tell us. I think this was before we had the influx of vendors on Loupetroop that we have now. His antics stood out. And warnings about him were conveyed to us on PS.

    Annette
     
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  7. PintoBean
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    by PintoBean » Jun 22, 2019
    Can you link us to the CS threads? What I miss when I avoid that forum for 8 years bc it triggers mass consumption of colored stones to my detriment! :eek2:
     
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  8. Matata
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    by Matata » Jun 22, 2019
    Some PSers will overlook negative aspects of a vendor to achieve their perfect bling; others won't. The abortion incident mentioned previously stopped some from using the vendor (at least they said they wouldn't use him anymore); others said it didn't matter what his personal opinions were, they liked his goods and they liked him and would continue to use him. Leon Mege has been adored, abhorred and everything in between for the 16 yrs I've been a member. Some people won't use him (at least they said they wouldn't); others continue to use him. There has been the equivalent of civil war over CVB and DK. None of the hue and cry has resulted in a vendor going out of business. At the end of the day, the reasons for choosing a vendor or not is personal and each person has to live with their conscience.
     
  9. yssie
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    by yssie » Jun 22, 2019
    This is a non-trivial accusation - much more serious than rudeness or impropriety re. following forum trade declaration guidelines. I personally would be disinclined to post - or believe - something like this without links to the relevant threads/posts.
     
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  10. DAF
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    by DAF » Jun 22, 2019
    When it comes to me, saying to a vendor that I'm a PS member doesn't mean that I want preferential treatment, I think it says that I know more about diamonds then the average person and don't want poorly cut stones or stones with boogers in them and that I have high expectations. I personally like Alex and his sense of humor. I LOVE his jewelry and salivate over it in IG. I have a gorgeous OEC from him and had a wrap around my finger Calla lily ring made to my specs that receives numerous compliments every time I wear it.

    On the flip side, I told IDJ I wanted PS quality diamonds for the earring jackets that DF gifted me, and returned them because they were not eye clean (large carbon inclusions).

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  11. smitcompton
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    by smitcompton » Jun 22, 2019
    Hi,

    I will ask Admin to remove my posts if you deem them inappropriate. I do recall Alex Park did use his own name on Loupe Troop for a time as well. Sorry!.

    Annette
     
  12. lyra
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    by lyra » Jun 22, 2019
    @DAF I had the exact same experience with IDJ. I would have gladly just paid extra instead of being ignored and getting something I didn't appreciate. I'm likely to not return to a vendor who does that. Pearlman's did something similar as well. I gave up on buying new. JMO.
     
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  13. mrs-b
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    by mrs-b » Jun 22, 2019
    @smitcompton -

    I appreciate your post on this. We can all do our own due diligence if we want to check old CS posts - which is a pain, I realize, but not something that should necessarily fall to you. Since this sounds like multiple events, I'm sure there's nothing wrong with your memory. I do wish we could see the actual posts, but I'm happy to do my own leg work on this, so thank you for sharing what you remember.
     
  14. GlitterInMyHair
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    by GlitterInMyHair » Jun 22, 2019
    My experience with Alex Park has been 100% positive.

    That particular IG post and the DM to a PS'er certainly were disappointing, but I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Even nicest people can have a bad day and say mean things they probably regret.
     
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  15. DAF
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    by DAF » Jun 22, 2019
    I DID pay extra for PS quality stones. Sam's Club had nicer diamonds.
     
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  16. joelly
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    by joelly » Jun 22, 2019
    So you mean to say that we, psers, will buy from the devil himself if he has the right diamond at the right price. I disagree with that.
     
  17. joelly
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    by joelly » Jun 22, 2019
    He is a nice guy. I have nothing but good things to say about Alex Parks.
     
  18. Octo2005
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    by Octo2005 » Jun 22, 2019
    Why can't they just post the darn details then, if they don't want to bothered? I know this has been brought up in several other threads, but it would save everyone the time and hassle.
     
  19. Octo2005
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    by Octo2005 » Jun 22, 2019
    https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/list-of-vendors-dead-links.210214/page-2#post-3825036

    https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/paraiba-tourmaline-help.209568/

    Don't know all of the specifics, this was all I could find in a quick search. But it does seem that your memories are not random. The extent of this is not clear though from what I could find.
     
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  20. yssie
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    by yssie » Jun 22, 2019
    @smitcompton Not my job to police anything or anyone on PS! Please don’t feel obligated to do anything on my account - my views are mine only.

    I would definitely hesitate to interact directly with this vendor given those (incredibly rude) screenshots and the fact that I really have zero patience for the price-masking shenanigans that he and so many other IG vendors indulge in! I have no Instagram credit - which is probably bad Instagram credit :mrgreen2:
     
  21. StephanieLynn
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    by StephanieLynn » Jun 22, 2019
    Of course opinions are like buttholes but I still like to express mine once in a while, opinion that is, not the other thing. So here it goes:

    "Butthole" does not have any place on any professional business social media, it is offensive to many, crass and completely unnecessary.
     
  22. Luvallgems
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    by Luvallgems » Jun 22, 2019
    StephanieLynn I was hesitant to post anything about this. The reason I did was because I got a “ testy” little response from this person...all I asked
    was if a certain item was available. My thought at the time was, “ Man
    this guy is stressed out, needs a Chill Pill.” Up pops the IG post about
    PS. a few days after our exchange. I don’t want to pay $$$$ to someone
    that acts like that. Opinions are like A—holes, that is mine.
     
  23. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » Jun 22, 2019
    Hmmm, that's sad. Especially bc I was seriously considering buying a champagne stone from him, but ended up passing bc it wasn't exactly the size I needed/wanted. I definitely asked him questions and wanted videos, but hopefully didn't seem like a PITA! IG is frustrating sometimes. I often want to know prices of things but am not ready to buy *right then*. The only reason I have to ask for prices is when vendors don't post the info on IG in the first place.
     
  24. Luvallgems
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    by Luvallgems » Jun 22, 2019
    Something that is less stress on the vendor and the purchaser .vendor post
    Price and all stats ,if purchaser interested then contacts...this weeds out all
    The extra questions that are very annoying (obviously)
     
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  25. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » Jun 22, 2019
    Agreed 100%!
     
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  26. StephanieLynn
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    by StephanieLynn » Jun 22, 2019
    @Luvallgems, I hope you didn't take my comment the wrong way, I didn't mean it toward you, just saying that my opinion that he was unprofessional probably doesn't mean much in his world.
     
  27. joelly
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    by joelly » Jun 23, 2019
    I follow this vendor on IG and he always post all the details. Some items that he doesn’t post details are usually a specific request from a customer. If a stone is more than 3-4 ct then it’s for dealers usually so he doesn’t post prices.

    You probably should purchase from a website instead of an IG vendors which is an acquired taste. Have you try GOG? You can contact them by email to request videos and such. You’re going to be busy purchasing for 3 projects at once. Can’t wait for pictures. GOG has all kinds of stones, not as unique as Parks though. Don’t forget to post pics of your finished 3 projects. :appl:
     
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  28. Big Fat Facets
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    by Big Fat Facets » Jun 23, 2019
    EEEWWWW so so tacky! I had to see it to believe it. Yuck, gonna stay the hell away from whoever and whatever he is!!!
     
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  29. Luvallgems
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    by Luvallgems » Jun 23, 2019
    No, No, No StephanieLynn! I was agreeing with you. I am the OP
    on the thread. You are a Sweetheart on this forum:kiss2:
     
  30. stracci2000
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    by stracci2000 » Jun 23, 2019
    Why would he bite the hand that feeds him??????
    Insulting customers and repelling potential customers is bad business.
     

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