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Ebay finds - too good to be true?


DrKarlMoneys

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 Yesterday evening I saw a Youtube video of a grab bag of coins someone had got off ebay. Of course this sent me down a rabbit hole where I looked on ebay but we don't seem to get them here. I did find, though job lots of vintage sterling silver rings. E.g. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lot-of-8-Sterling-Silver-925-Rings-vintage-to-modern/264365021751, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/8-x-925-Sterling-Silver-BRACELETS-A-Mix-Of-Chain-Styles-42g/173935429813

Are lots like this worth bothering with?

Related to these I also found a seller SIlverBazaarIstanbul who does amazing designs with either sterling silver signet rings or a selection of stones set in sterling silver in a wide array of designs. But the price is less than I'd expect to pay for something like that. They have a lot of good seller feedback but are they too good to be true or are things just that much cheaper in Turkey? Thinking I might buy one or two just to see.

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The last silver bangle i bought for a 'good price' turned out to be silver plated brass. There are literally thousand of Chinese sellers on Ebay selling 'silver' items for less then spot price. Either they're making their own silver out of tin cans using some magical alchemy or..... they're lying about the silver content.

If something is claiming to be .925 silver i would expect to see a marking on it to prove it. And i dont mean a '.925' stamp (currently available to purchase on Ebay for £2)

 

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45 minutes ago, HighlandTiger said:

Unless it has a full silver hallmark, (and not just 925 stamped on it), I won't go anywhere near it. However with time, patience, and the right search parameters it is very easy to buy sterling silver at spot value. 

agreed, Again without full UK hallmarks i wont touch it - with the exception of other recognized marks like CAO Cypress assay office. 

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Classic Ebay listing. Buy a job lot of Chinese brass sovereigns and throw one in with some other junk as 'house clearance'. Totally reliant on the greed of bidders who think they've spotted a bargain... 

Only works if you don't have one included in every listing though 🙄

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Some will say silver when they mean silver plated. Or they will act like they don't / didn't know it wasn't real silver. And watch out with French sellers who say 'argent" because 'argent' means two things in French: silver and money. Same word. Everything is 'argent'.

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