RichardDate: 4/15/2007 1:08:01 PM
Author: Richard M.
The color''s nice but I think the seller may be a little wiggly about clarity. I see what might possibly be a surface-reaching crack in the table. .
Note my careful use of the word "possibly." I had the red area in mind but it could also be the reflection of a pavilion facet junction. That''s why I recommended asking the seller about the issue of clarity before bidding.Date: 4/15/2007 3:18:25 PM
Do you think the surface-reaching crack is in the red area or the yellow area I have circled? Just interested to see.
Well, I wouldn''t ....I don''t know the seller (who''s located in Thailand), and I don''t like what I saw in the link I posted above.Date: 4/15/2007 5:29:28 PM
Help -- the auction ends in 3 hours.
Well, my first wish is to find them happily ensconced in an antique.Date: 4/15/2007 5:50:18 PM
I''ve never bought anything on ebay.
I don''t want to prove anyone wrong! Btw, where do you get your coloured stones?
This explains a lot. Thanks for your help!Date: 4/15/2007 6:11:21 PM
I''m not a gem ''expert'' but I have a good eye (Radiologist). The table looks assymetric, for sure. Also, consider the possibility of a WINDOW, since the stone is not shown square-on. MOST of the stones these guys (ebay) sell have windows, ESPECIALLY if they don''t show the face-up view.
As far as ebay, **be extremely cautious. I''ve been buying and selling there almost since the beginning. The last 2-3 years has brought a lot of creatures out from the woodwork. One guy wouldn''t answer my emails when I didn''t like a piece of glassware which I bought. It was chipped, although he said that it was ''perfect.'' I sent him 3 emails, which he did not answer. Finally I left hiim a neg feedback (FB). He quickly proceeded to leave me a neg FB in RETALIATION, and an email saying that neg FB''s can be mutually withdrawn...sound a bit like a shakedown? You betcha!
If you look at this (gem) seller''s FB record, he has a lot of ''MUTUALLY WITHDRAWN'' FB''s. This is what these guys do. They leave you a neg FB. THEN, like the seller I got my glass from did, they submit it to Square Trade (pay them $25) to ''negotiate'' a mutual withdrawal of the FB''s, so that they can keep they 100% rating. In my case, I refused, saying that the seller ''hinted'' at a mutual withdrawal, without outright saying that it was in retaliation. I paid immediately with paypal and should have gotten an immediate pos FB for fulfilling my end of the bargain! Obviously it doesn''t work that way.
I said that all I wanted was what he offered, a ''perfect'' piece of glass. It was a stinkin'' $20 item and the lazy seller said he didn''t have another and couldn''t find one. I can''t count how many emails I got from ST threatening to remove the seller''s neg if I didn''t respond. I responded EVERY tiime, often getting messed up on their site. They asked for a password, which was not given to me (!); they sent me back to ebay (ST is supposed to be independent); I finally wrote a SNAIL MAIL to be sure that they got it.
Meanwhile, Ebay would not remove the neg FB left for me, without removing the seller''sEbay is useless in misrepresentation and fraud!! AND, in international stuff...yuck...you can''t even complain to the Better Business Bureau. Meanwhile, my FB looks like crap (97.5%) because I am a low volume buyer with this particular user name. I used to (not much anymore) sell with another name...not uncommon to use more than one user nick (something to remember when buying there)!! Mind you, one neg FB screwed up my FB bigtime. My only consolation is that at least now the seller has lost his ''perfect'' 100% rating. As a Power Seller (which means bupkus for quality...only that he sells over $1,000 per month), his FB is now 99.9%, since all his other negs were ''mutually withdrawn.''
In other words, they use neg FB as coercion not as a legitimate tool for quality.
I have a couple of ''screens'' running on Ebay, because there are certain glass items (parts) which I need. But I don''t spend much time just perusing there anymore...it''s just too treacherous.
Beware of something that sounds too good to be true. And look at ALL FB''s including ''mutually withdrawn.''
PS: Widget: How does one get that tool you have for isolating the ''bad'' FB''s??
Thanks! Can I assume that you''ve been satisfied with AJS? They have some nice items.
haha, seriously! not worth it.Date: 4/15/2007 7:00:51 PM
Ok -- I''m not bidding. It would be dumb to put a $100+ stone in a Leon Mege setting.
Hi Widget,Date: 4/15/2007 5:21:12 PM
Check out the seller''s feedback I found. Not much there, but what is ain''t pretty: http://www.toolhaus.org/cgi-bin/negs?User=gem-earth&Dirn=Received+by