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Purchased at an estate sale. I was told it is an Apai pot, but can't  find muchDSC02002.JPG about the Apai tribe. It measures about 5 inches tall. Appears very old, but not decorated.DSC02001.JPG

Antiques discussion

1) This Strong Date



2) This Corroded Damaged Denver Filler



or 3) This Key Date of Series Lower Mintage


Coins & Paper Money discussion

May 3, 2015 4:02:50 AM PT

Which coin should I buy?

I picked up this gas heater at a yard sale. I believe it's from the 1800's. I've done the best I can to take photos of the maker info, but I still can't make out the name. Does anybody recognize the name? (I can add a photo of the entire unit, if necessary.)


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Collectibles & Art discussion

May 4, 2015 1:29:47 PM PT

Antique Gas Heater MAKER NAME????

This is a beautiful well detailed oil painting on canvas board. I am having a hard time deciphering the signature. Does anyone have any idea's or suggestions? Thanks in advance.001.JPG002.JPG

Collectibles & Art discussion

Help about the Auction
Community Member
Posts: 9
Registered: ‎01-14-2015

Hi. I'm new and don't understand the Auction. I put items for starting price low to get some attention and buy it now is the price which I want (IS IT RIGHT?) There are 2 persons clicked to my auction at lowest price. I didn't know what to do, so I called Ebay CS last night. The woman she is nice told me that I should end the Listing before time and relist it again. She told me to get through the process. At fist she told me to put the reserve price but it 's end up that I must pay $3 for fee ( I said NO because my items is only $3-8).So she taught me to end the listing, there showed no fee to do that. Now I put new right price.

After I learn from new experience. BUT now i saw my invoice from my account fee it's up to  $.70 and was .30 is for end listing before time??? I am upset that CS didn't tell me that and "did I do the wrong stupid thing?



It's like the game to play with the Auction. What should I do now? I need to revise all my items again,right?

1. Must we accept the starting price at the end of listing? If there's only 2 persons went to my auction how can I do( if I don't want to accept that... I hoped that there will be others bid higher price.

2. How long that we can end the list before Ebay will charge the fee and can I get the fee back(if I didn't know that).

3. Do u have the you tube or recommend to post auction? .



Bidding & Buying question

May 5, 2015 8:56:30 AM PT

How can we put Auction price?

Please help id this rose bowl or vase that measures 4 1/2" tall, 5 1/4" wide and has a 2 1/4" inner diameter top rim. It has a purple tint. Were these produced in this color or is this the dreaded sun purple? Thank you in advance.P1012206.JPGP1012207.JPGP1012208.JPG

Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

Hi Gang ! I know we've discussed similar things that we see or think may go on behind the scenes at our thrift stores but I wanted to tell you about this experience I had yesterday.
Went into what used to be a regular haunt (lately pickings have been slim, now I think I know why) to check out the jewelry and the usual jewelry clerk wasn't there. I casually asked where she was to make small talk and she told me the regular person had called in because her mom was ill.
Chit chatted a bit while looking at the jools, nothing really catching my eye.
There was a large jar filled with the usual bits and pieces, cheap beads, etc.
I like to look them over because sometimes you just never know. I asked to see the jar and the clerk told me she "just put that out" because the regular lady had left it in the back all priced and covered. I looked it over (can't open them, store policy) and I thought I spotted a part of a stretch band used in WW2 sweetheart bracelets.
It was inside a baggie inside the jar with all the other cheap stuff packed tightly around it so you couldn't see the whole thing, just a segment sticking out a bit.
Priced at $7.99 so I took a chance and bought the jar.
Opening it last night I found this:
Sure enough, a 1942 Speidel Phoenix sweetheart bracelet (with sweet pictures of a woman and her sailor sweetheart) and also all of this.This was all put together in a large taped over baggie and then the junk was covering it on all sides, top and bottom.
We have a Richelieu multistrand necklace, KJL strawberry ring, vintage Carl Art etched sterling bangle, unmarked sterling bracelet, freshwater pearls with multicolor rhondelle spacers with a sterling clasp and other stuff, obviously not junk.
The triangle stone CZ necklace is sterling and very heavy, really gorgeous.
So, what are your thoughts on this ?
I'm thinking she has been saving all the good stuff and selling it to someone she knows at a prearranged time, maybe splitting the profits from selling later, etc.

Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

I got this in my inbox yesterday.  ebay protecting me..... again.



They sent us all this kind of email a month or so ago, here it is again.

( I need to check the old email, I think this one is identical)


MBG request?   I have not had a return in the last 2 years. 

11 dsr set to 5 star ?   What did I get gold stars for?  Shipping within my STATED shipping time?

Perhaps it is communication with the buyer, oh wait, all my buyers were happy, there was no communication, (unless you count great FB)


Hey ebay, how about this, stop telling me how you protected me from "Phantom"  defects.

Your time would be better spent, if you protected sellers from the bogus defects,

Like a buyer who ask a question, and some how a case is opened, buyer sends me a message that they had no intention to open a case.

They were more than happy with the deal. 

CS reads the email, CS says yes the buyer was happy, CS sees the glowing FB,  CS CAN'T REMOVE THE DEFECT.







Selling discussion

May 5, 2015 7:15:05 AM PT

ebay blowing smoke.... again



Good morning. A reflective gif for Fire.



New to eBay Chit Chat & More ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!

May 3, 2015 6:45:07 AM PT

Welcome to NTE Daily Chat for Sunday May 3



I'm trying to get some info on the two basket pictured below. When I got them there was a note that said: 1920's indian basket.

I'm assuming it was referring to the basket with the orange band, but really have no idea. The larger one measures about 7" across the top by 4.5" high.

The smaller one, with the orange band, is about 3.5" across the top by 5" high.

Any info you can give me on both would be great.

1. How old are they

2.What type of workmanship is it

3. What style would they be considered

4. Any idea who might have made them

5.How would you descirbe them in a listing

6. What catergory would you list them under

Thanks for the help













Vintage discussion

I've never ever needed and used them! Why cannot I disable them on the UI?


Thou thanks to the AdBlocking extensions/add-ons!



My Account question

Fashion discussion








I'm trying to find out which California pottery company made each of these. Are they Bauer, how old would they be and what are they called? They're about 8.5"-9.5" tall.

Thanks for help









Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

I see almost identical toggle bracelets marked Monet listed on ebay but mine is not signed.  It does however have a little M charm.  I have a different signed Monet bracelet with an M charm -, solid, not open like this one, and it is the same squared looking M. 


So my question is, does Monet sometimes use the M charm as its signature? Although I don't know why they wouldn't sign the bracelet on the round part.







Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

May 3, 2015 9:59:26 AM PT

Question re Monet bracelet

Not sure if it is ceramic pottery? looks old but just wondering if it is just junque?

approx 3 inches tall 

It kind of has ridges on both sides

Thanks for any help






Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

May 3, 2015 8:12:10 PM PT

Is this home made? small vase

Hi everyone, anyone know pattern and maker of this footed opalescent bowl??  It is 2 1/2" tall and 8 3/8" in diameter.

Any help is always appreciated.





Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

May 3, 2015 5:56:44 PM PT

ID help with opalescent bowl.

I came across these earrings first a few months ago and I recently came across the barrette's together.  I don't know if the earrings and the barettes were made by the person. The pink flower barette has some slight damage underneath, it may be missing an entire leaf~Im not sure. Its hard to tell if there is a signature on that one~it looks like there could be one in green on part of the leaf.  Both barretts metal is stamped "Made in France". Any help and thoughts are GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thank you :smileyhappy:


Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

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Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

I just dug this creamer and sugar bowl out of my stored inventory and was wondering if anyone out there knows who made it.  I thought maybe Fostoria.  It has a pretty deep etching, and the glass clarity is excellent (minus the dust).  Any help would be appreciated.002.JPG001.JPG003.JPG004.JPG

Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion



Good morning everyone.



New to eBay Chit Chat & More ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!

May 4, 2015 8:30:35 AM PT

Welcome to NTE daily Chat for Monday May 4

I got this set awhile ago and would appreciate some KW help. Unsigned, & extremely lightweight, probably aluminum. Would you call this effect "antiqued" ? I'm thinking it's probably from Germany but WDIK. I have researched Fluer di lis and haven't found anything similar. The back is the same design without thd Fluer di lis.


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Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

May 4, 2015 11:46:11 AM PT

Fluer di lis set needs KW input

When I want to see an item this pops up it is nothing but a ''NUISANCE'' how do I remove it? It started happening today. The annoyance

Product Discussions discussion

May 3, 2015 4:02:19 PM PT

This is really annoying



I am looking for help please with some Greek letters on a Pin.  I know the first is Mu and the last is Kappa, but I have no idea what that second letter that looks like a "C" is and I have not had any luck with searching so far.


I would appreciate any help or guesses.


Thank you in advance!!


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Antiques and Research

May 3, 2015 5:36:30 PM PT

Help Please with Greek Letters On Pin

hello i am clueless as to the maker on this pottery vase , it seems hand thrown - my only guess was bybee , not like anything i've seen , it's 11 1/2 " high 7 " diameter 7 3/4 " handle to handle . has the number 135 , the actual numbers are odd looking . any thoughts


Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion



could anyone translate the printed Asian characteres on this black & white postcard.

i think it might help to determine the country/scene depicted...

thanks for any info...


Collectibles & Art discussion

DSCN7587.JPGDSCN7588.JPGDSCN7592.JPGDSCN7593.JPGDSCN7590.JPGIt is signed Amserdam on the fromt of one of the section, would it be called  tourist bracelet?  Thanks Carolyn

Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

May 4, 2015 8:13:34 AM PT

how old would you say this is

Is there any way of dating this green glass cameo pendant? Definately can not by the chain necklace that came with it.


Appreciate all the input!



Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

May 3, 2015 12:47:08 PM PT

Help date green glass cameo

Hi, can anyone identify this pottery bowl and its age?  At the bottom is initials. M.B.  IMG_4173.JPGIMG_4178.JPGIMG_4172.JPG

Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

I found in researching my brooch, one that sold and was advertised as Juliana - do you concur? She posted no evidence to support her statement. Can I list truly as Juliana? Looked at all of the reference sites that you the board recommends, and found none like mine.


Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

Dear Ebay and users,


Last week (monday 27th of april) I ordered 2 different products from 2 different Ebay users. One from Japan (Tokyo) and one from China (Hong Kong).

I received a tracking code for both products the same day I ordered them.

I noticed the product from Hong Kong was "In Transit" really fast, and thus I received the product last satureday.


However, as of yet the product from Tokyo is still marked as "Shipping info received" and not "In Transit". It doesn't have any additional tracking information or scanning history either. What does this mean? Does the seller still have to mail the package? Or is the tracker just super slow to update?

I'm really worried about this because I usually don't mind waiting for my package, if I actually KNOW it's on the way and when to expect it. But right now I have no clue what's going on, where the package is and why it's taking so long for the package to become "In Transit".

I contacted the seller twice now by writing a message to him through Ebay. Both in English and translated to Japanese by a friend who speaks both languages to make absolutely sure he can understand my message. But still, no response from him either.


For clearance, I hereby added a screenshot of the tracker information provided by this product I'm eagerly waiting for:

(This information (Or lack of information I should say) is the same thing I'm seeing for over a week now.)



Kind regards, and thanks in advance for your potential help!


Shipping & Returns discussion

i posted on the collectible board with no reply so far.

so trying here as well... sorry for the duplicate post...


wondering if 1 could translate the Asian characters...

was hoping it would help determine the provenance or country depicted...




Postcard Collectors Group

I have about 2 dozen doll head masks, that I am trying to find information about.  They are made of buchram, and each has a different face and hat, mostly costumed characters.  ????DOLL MASKS.jpeg

Toys & Hobbies discussion

May 3, 2015 7:17:05 PM PT




Good morning. 



New to eBay Chit Chat & More ~ EVERYONE WELCOME!

Please Help-I found this great piece of pottery but there are no marks on it.  Has anyone ever seen anything like it?



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Collectibles & Art discussion

May 4, 2015 10:34:59 PM PT

POTTERY-Help to ID no marks Leaf Shaped

I haven't bought anything but I got three notifications in quick sucsession about purchases I did not make. I went into my settingas and the postage adress was changed to some place in the phillipines. 

Before I go any further, I must clarify that I've only purchased one thing on this account, and there were no issues. The seller and I did not speak, and I have done absoultely nothing that would have allowed anyone to gain access to my account. 

I changed my password immediately, and the purchases have stopped, but this is a problem.

I have screenshots here.

The only thing I have bought is the Lapis Lazuli. 
I am a female from Australia, and I have no need for men's clothes.

The postage address was changed

And here is them contacting a seller for this iPhone (Which I do not need, I have a Galaxy) in what I assume is Fillopino.

I've already sent messages to the sellers of those items, but what should I do about this situation?

A Part-time eBay Sellers Group discussion

May 3, 2015 4:51:15 AM PT

I think my account has been hacked?

I found this at an antique dealer's yard sale the end of the last day.  I just loved it from the second I saw it, and I want to rebead it, making a necklace and earrings.  I am guessing it is cherry amber bakelite?  would have to test, one big bead is chipped, but what I really like are the beads that go with it.  I researched and didn't see any plastic, bakelite, or celluloid beads that looked like these, but they do look familiar, seem to be giving me an Asian feeling.  Is there a name for the brown carved-like beads?  Thanks for any help you can provide.  :smileyhappy:

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Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

I had a hematite ring back in the 60's (yes, I am that old) and this brooch certainly looks like hematite but I would like to be sure.





Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

Capitol Cadillac spring show Greenbelt MD.








Motors discussion

May 3, 2015 6:58:41 PM PT

Cadillac show pics


Historical Memorabilia discussion

These are so clean & new looking, including the clasps, I don't know if they're newer, or older. The faux pearls are individuall knotted. No marks. Thoughts, please?


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Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group


Collectibles & Art discussion

May 4, 2015 5:20:49 PM PT

help id German mark and era

How does one prevent turbolister from putting the icon at the bottom of the description in ebay listing  


Tools & Apps question



What type of Hamilton watch is this? Rutledge?



Watches, Clocks and Timepieces discussion

May 4, 2015 12:56:47 PM PT

Hamilton Watch Identification help

Acquired two new beauties.  I have yet to go through my catalogues but could use some extra eyes.  The first is a nice ice tube with zipper cuts and hobstars, similar ones I saw by Clarke and Hawkes.  The second I believe may be a banana bowl?  I appreciate any help at all.




Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

has anyone seen popups by mac vx coming up recently on your screen  ? is it from eBay ?

Getting Started question

May 4, 2015 4:13:54 PM PT

Macvx what is it

Good evening everyone,


I had absoutly no idea where to post this so I did eeenie, meeing, miney, moe and THIS board won!  :smileytongue:

I have a pair of small, vintage floral paintings on a low nap velvet. Is there a special name for the tecnique used to do these? Also, is there an easy way to tell if the frames are wood or plastic without removing the paper backing? Any ideas on age?

They are approx 4.5 wide by 5.5 high.

Thanks for any info you care to share   :smileyhappy:


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Hobbies & Crafts discussion

This is my items information i order two but i receive only one i pay for two quantity of Laser hair re growth and i receive onley one pleas help me get my item i would thank you so much pleas. if u need a order peper i can fax to ebay Help & Contact department i only receive one item when i pay for two items so peas look in to this metter n help me with this order thank you and have very plesent day.


Laser hair re growth treatment therapy with more power than ANY regrowth combs

Item price$254.00
Item number251580405173
Shipping serviceExpedited Shipping from outside US

Now i have seen the second item in the way beetween 8th of May to 13th of May so please Make sure i get my  items on time thank you and have nice day 

Item: 251580405173
Laser hair re growth treatment therapy with more power than ANY regrowth combs
Have one to sell?Sell it yourself
Item condition: Sale date: Quantity: Price:
Laser hair re growth treatment therapy with more power than ANY regrowth combs LLLT device with unparallel success to regrow your hair
Apr 27, 2015
US $127.00

Shipping and handling
Item location: HK, Hong Kong
Shipping to: Worldwide
Excludes: Africa, India, PO Box
Shipping and handling
Each additional item
Estimated delivery*
US $20.00
US $10.00
United States
Expedited Shipping from outside US
BetweenFri. May. 8 and Wed. May. 13

Payments question

I have looked in all my books (admittedly a small library, but getting there)

I have searched online

I looked at Bryce, Blenko and Morgantown (and others) ... nothing that has this color and optic with a clear ball.

I even asked GlassLovers - GLDB suggests Empoli or Viking, But no sure ID :smileysad:


Maybe someone here recognizes these pieces :smileywink:


Definitely glass and not crystal


No Makers etch, stamp or sticker


Blue-Green (Aqua, Teal, Peacock) paneled optic. The decanter's optic turns into a swirl at the neck.


Clear ball stem and clear stopper


Glasses are 6" Tall x 3.25" Diameter


Decanter is 11-7/8" without the stopper








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Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

May 4, 2015 5:56:10 PM PT

Blue-Green Glass Decanter and Glasses

I could not believe my ears when they called out my car number for the "One Kool Kat" award at the Stray Kat 500 this past weekend, with over 600 rods and customs in attendance.  The coupe made the 300 mile round trip without a hiccup, even when I left the lights on for a couple of hours Saturday night; I turned off lights and the 6 volt battery spun the engine right over!

Motors discussion

May 5, 2015 9:37:28 AM PT

My '47 won an award at Stray Kat 500

As in the title, looked on Sandy's page but didn't see anything unless it's somewhere in the "1928" section but it looks older than that. It's domed with stones under the top piece. The stones don't have much color saturation and has some metal wear but still pretty.


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Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

Hello everyone! I'm stuck on this brooch. Would love some help on approx. date/era this piece was created. All the stones are made of glass and I'm also wondering if folks would buy it based on its "not perfect" condition. IMG_5149.JPGIMG_5150.JPGIMG_5151.JPGIMG_5152.JPGIMG_5153.JPGIMG_5154.JPGIMG_5155.JPG

Jewelry & Gemstones Board Group

Greetings to all and thank you in advance for any help with this lovely piece! I believe it is Czech, Brass, and Art Nouveau in Design? Has an old Spring Ring Clasp, which is why I think it might be from the 30's? Earlier? Later? And what style of Enamel are the "flowers" - Cloisonne? Are these stones considered "Octagon" or "Emerald" cut? Seem rather unique? I appreciate anything you can tell me, as I do intend to list it. Thank you! 
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Antique & Vintage Jewelry by Design

My two new babies.  I believe the first one is Webb diamond quilted pink satin cased vase with a great handpainted flowers and butterfly.  Is this considered enamelling?  The second one, I think is a tankard by New England Glass co. in a nice peachblow.  Thoughts, comments?






Would it be common for the quilting to be broken as shown right above?






Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

Trying to figure out this "Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil" figurine. I think it's lead. Not magnetic, and weighs 1#, 2 oz.. About 3" long x about 2" tall.


Rather than monkeys, they appear to be soldiers with rifles. The outside two have a rifle resting near them, and the other, in the middle, has a rifle slung on his back. Also, the outside two, whose mouths are visible, have handlebar type mustaches.


There are marks on the back of the "trunk," on which they're sitting, but all I can make out is "Italy," on the lower left, and "Mod. Der." or "Dep." on the top right.


Any thoughts?


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Collectibles & Art discussion

It says 1.64 is going to be charged to my account but I don't owe anything. What does it mean?


Selling question

May 5, 2015 6:09:49 PM PT

What does this mean?


Collectibles & Art discussion

I read the blogs and research things out all the tiume. But we all know when faced with a good deal sometimes our better judgement goes out the window!   Please help me authenticate the following three bags! <3 Hugs this is the one I'm excited about but i've seen some pretty incredible counterfeits lately and I don't know up from down, lol


allright the first one is the one that gets me all giddy! I mannaged to get lots of pics... but they are just that Pictures. get the purse in a couple weeks at the longest i hope. so yes, i allready bought it and now request your help to ease (or trouble) my mind.





then the other two I have very limited exposure to, but I was in a trusting mood and excited about the first bag so i just kinda bid blind







Fashion discussion

I am usually pretty good at identifying paperweights but this one has me stumped.  It is about 4 1/4 inches in height and shaped kind of like a rectangle rounded at the top.  The glass is amber color and the bottom is ground but not polished.  I normally suspect Chinese when I see the unpolished bottoms but this is not like other Chinese weights I have seen.  The shape looks similar to old dump glass weights but the color is wrong.  Maybe an end of days weight from some glass factory?


Any ideas as far as age, maker and origin would be great.  Thanks!











Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

May 5, 2015 8:23:54 PM PT

Art glass paperweight. TIA!

I know next to nothing when it comes to antique or vintage photographs. Is there someone here who can enlighten me?


My husband and I picked-up two large (approx 30 x 25 in.) vintage Mid-Century (1940s - 1960s) photographs over the weekend. After a bit of digging, I was able to ID both locations where the photos were taken, but not the photographer/artist.


My question/s: are large photographs such as these normal/common? Also, the one thing I find weird is....the only vintage photographs of this particular location that I've been able to find so far are the ones we have. There appears to no other antique or vintage photos out there. The name of the location is: 'Taroko Gorge'. Does anyone know why this could be? No antique or vintage photos of this particular location? 


Below is an image of one of the photos we have. If I'm not mistaken, it's called a gelatin silver print(?). The reverse of the photo is inscribed in ink as shown.


Thank you all so much for your time, replies and thoughts.


Thank you!


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Collectibles & Art discussion

Hi, this Shearwater bowl is about 10 inches across and 2 3/4 inches tall.  I'm wondering about the mark, and if the rectangular shape indicates a particular time period.  Also, what does the J3 stand for?  I looked in Lehner's and didn't see this mark.  The closest I saw there was a horizontal mark inside a rectangle, which they said was not seen much. 


Thanks for any help with this.







Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

May 5, 2015 6:44:14 PM PT

Shearwater Pottery Bowl

I just purchased 8 of these footed "cube" tumblers.  measure 6" high and 3 1/8" opening.  Are they Whitehall?  These don't seem to be the same shade as Indiana's Light Blue - not a true light blue.  What did I buy?


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Pottery, Glass & Porcelain discussion

Stamp Insider for May-June 2015




The May-June issue of the Stamp Insider, journal of the Federation of New York Philatelic Societies, is online and available for free download in PDF format or viewing online with page turning. It is available in both PDF and HTML5-friendly format at:




Scouting and Philately is explored in a pair of cover articles — “Scouting Encourages Collecting” and “Stamp Collecting Merit Badges & Awards.” Their purpose is to encourage clubs and shows to promote the hobby to youngsters through merit badge workshops.


Other articles include three book reviews by Alan Warren — Douglas Weisz’ “Dorothy Knapp: Philately and Family,” “Parks, Postmarks & Postmasters” published by the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library, and “A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps.”


The journal now has a new feature columnist and a new organization page. Warren Coons, a partner of George McGown in the Capital District Third Sunday Stamps & Collectibles Show, is providing a Back of Book column. The Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library in Denver, Colorado, is providing information on its activities and books of interest to philatelists.


The featured video is “The Road is Open Again,” in which Dick Powell performs a song supporting the National Recovery Administration, the topic of by Diane DeBlois’ Ephemera column.



Stamp Collectors discussion

May 5, 2015 12:09:09 PM PT

Stamp Insider for May-June 2015

I do have one question, the rest is the basis for discussion -- is there any way to switch to the advanced listing tool these days? There used to be an option in the upper right corner when creating or revising a listing but I no longer see that option. Is there a hidden setting somewhere that I'm overlooking?!? I simply cannot stand the "quick listing tool" because I like the "advanced" features and keep running into too many annoying "bugs" within the simple listing tool.


I am growing increasingly more frustrated with the "quick listing tool." I use the "Sell Similar" function frequently and I am constantly running into issues... some of the most frequent "bugs" are as follows:


  • The "Require Immediate Payment with Buy It Now" checkbox does not appear in the simple listing format. 
    • In any case (with a Buy It Now price defined) I would like to require immediate payment with Buy It Now so it's already somewhat frustrating to not have that option. If a customer wants to "Buy It Now," then they should pay for it now... there are really very few reasons there should ever be a delay between "buying" and payment. Similarly, I think it confuses some customers... with the way checkout is so simplified with PayPal, it's easy for customers to not even realize that they have not yet paid for an item... in cases of  time-sensitive orders, this can cause problems if the customer believes they have already purchased it and are awaiting its arrival (especially if the customer is new to eBay -- often times customers sign up for eBay solely for a specific purchase and may not fully understand how everything works). This is of course, my personal preference...  I would just use the Advanced Listing Tool if I could figure out how to switch it back! 
    • The main issue I'm having is that option (require immediate payment...) seemingly being selected by default on my Auction-style listings (especially when choosing "Sell Similar" from a Fixed Price listing) which forces me to either abandon the listing OR add a "Buy It Now" price to the Auction-style listing and acrrue the fee. Usually out of frustration, I just but the bullet and define a Buy it Now price, but most of the time it's not necessary and those fees add up! Honestly, the way it's phrased as "require immediate payment with Buy It Now," the system should be smart enough to recognize when there is no Buy It Now option and just understand there's no scenario in which immediate payment is to be required for that listing. Instead, it throws an error in the absence of a Buy It Now price and with the simple listing tool, there is no way to "uncheck" that option to complete the listing.
  • There is no field in the quick listing tool to define "Additional Return Policy details" so I can either not accept returns or I cannot complete the listing. In order to qualify as a Top Rated Seller listing, returns must be accepted... but Top Rated Seller or not, a lot of people choose to offer returns and it's quite frustrating to not be able to include additional details. This also throws an error but indicates that the listing can be completed and then later edited from the mobile app. This is very frustrating to me... I have the mobile app and I use it to view incoming orders and check on the status of auction items, but it's not in any way ideal for me for the purposes of listing items or modifying existing listings... how is this the only option? Obviously you can work around by using the "edit multiple listings"  function to define additional return policy details (or a number of other things) but why is it so difficult?!? Why do I have to jump through hoops to list an item? When they first introduced the "quick listing tool," there was an option to switch to the advanced editor in the top right corner... this way a listing can be completed in one sitting, from one screen, from one device! Honestly, I feel like I have to be overlooking a setting somewhere... I don't understand how millions of people use eBay all day, every day and this has not become a widespread issue for sellers. Is there seriously no way to simply use the classic "advanced listing editor?"
  • Next, the image uploader. When bulk-uploading images, the last image always gets dropped down to the second line, outside the scope of "drag and drop." This isn't really a huge deal but if I want to move my last uploaded image, I have to delete at least the image directly before it so it becomes aligned with the rest of the images. Then I have to re-upload the deleted images one by one so they are uploaded and displayed in my desired sequence.
  • The absence of the "Exclude Locations" (pretty self-explanatory)
  • Store Categories (also pretty self-explanatory)
  • Lastly, the text editor in the "quick listing tool" is just bothersome to me... I'm quite handy with HTML so it's not really an issue, but it's just annoying. I understand it's a simplified text editor... but often times I like to display different parts of the listing in different colors (just as this post has some red text). While it's not difficult, it's rather time-consuming to go through with HTML to define each little text-snippet with my desired color. Fewer font options, no problem. But removing the font color picker, increase/decrease indent, text alignment, hyperlink/"create links" and "inserts" (for stores) options? It may have certainly made it simpler, but it is not at all "quick."

I still have some older listings in the "Advanced listing tool" format and I am clinging to them for dear life! It should not be that deep... the new, "improved," and "simple" editor should not make everything so much more difficult... now for all features I've grown accustomed to, I have to hand-code via HTML, use the bulk listing editor, and/or switch the mobile app after creating my initial listing skeleton just to get a completed listing. This is highly frustrating and there is nothing "quick" about it... it takes at least twice as much time and certainly causes twice as much frustration for me to complete my listings with the force "quick listing tool." Surely I'm not alone here... I understand the appeal of the quick-listing tool for some people, I totally get it -- I understand why it exists... but I don't understand why there's no longer a button for switching back to the advanced listing tool. The struggle is real. If anyone knows of a way to get the advanced listing tool back, please please please throw me a bone!

Selling question

Recently I found an item that interested me greatly, listed as a 19th century European porcelain piece, with a photo of an unclear mark. After doing a lot of research and finding the piece and the mark, I discovered that it was made in the US in the 1970s or 1980s. I wrote to the sellers and told them, and they took down the auction.Tonight it is back up, with the same description, 19th century European. The mark, which had been impossible to decipher, is now perfectly clear to me since I know what it is. I told the sellers what it is, too, and there's no way they can't see it. They have years of 100% positive feedback. And if I want the item, there are about 20 other listings, all for less than half this seller's starting price. But do I have any obligation to other buyers here?

Bidding & Buying discussion

May 3, 2015 6:55:17 PM PT

Do I have a further obligation here?

Here's another broken or "unused" electronic device.  My Canon digi cam broke and rather than toss it -- would anyone know if it's good for parts?

I saw someone on EB who was selling the exact camera, but stated it had "faults."



Selling discussion

I'm getting the impression that sellers who start their items fairly low are consistently using shill bidders. Any thoughts? 

Bidding & Buying discussion

May 3, 2015 1:03:16 PM PT

Shill Bidders

I'm so happy ebay has reduced the number of free listings you get each month, and changed the price on buy it now.  They are trying to get everyone to enter a store.  It's pathetic and they must be hurting for money. 


Selling discussion

I bought an iPod back in March and instead of opening a complaint with eBay I contacted the seller who promised me he would let me know how to get it to download music.  Well, he drug it out until it was to late to open a complaint.  I sent it back to him and now I not only don't have the iPod but I am out $70.00.  Talk is cheap but this has been a very expensive lesson. I just hope that no one else makes the same mistake I did, always open a complaint FIRST, as soon as you realize there is a problem and do not trust the sellers no matter how nice they seem and how much they promise to "fix things".  I know there are many good honest sellers out there but this has really left a bad taste in my mouth and I won't be purchasing from eBay again.  I wasn't a big buyer but did spend close to $100 a month on here buying everything from camera equipement to fabric.  I'll really miss being able to purchase from so many of the great people on here but I can't afford to loose that kind of money.

Bidding & Buying discussion

May 4, 2015 1:31:44 PM PT

What do you do about sellers like this?

Did anyone else get this email?  I'm not ready to activate this offer so I'm worried that if I activate it to check it out I will be committed to start right away.  Any advice?  Did anyone activate this offer yet?


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Selling discussion

May 4, 2015 3:52:14 AM PT

New Store Email from eBay

So I just got my first negative feedback when I sold an item a couple of weeks ago which cost around $70 with shipping. The buyer just purchased it without question and upon recieving it stating that it was not as expected like shown in the picture. The buyer was expecting the item to be able to have an additional feature which I did not state in the description, which if I had known the product I sold was capable of having this additional feature I would have stated it in my description. I emailed buyer that the image shown is for reference and the item he got could be modified to accept this feature. Today I got an email from buyer to leave him feedback to finish the transaction, which it then I noticed that he gave me negative feedback about product not as described. So far this buyer has not requested for refund, opened a case or issued chargeback from paypal. I'm not sure if leaving feedback for buyer would end up putting buyer at an advantage and cause buyer to start the paypal chargeback after I leave feedback. Does anyone have any suggestions that I can offer to help this buyer??? If I offer refund he may not let the negative feedback go. 

Selling discussion

May 4, 2015 7:14:23 PM PT

first negative feedback

I have a blocked buyer that has been sending multiple abusive emails, how do I report him and get him off my back

Selling discussion

May 4, 2015 4:35:08 AM PT

how do you report abusive person

In the past I would accept a decent offer immediately, blinded by the euphoria of money in the bank and concluding a successful listing.  It just occured to me that maybe I should wait at least 24 hours so that other buyers see that there is an offer and time is short.    So far, I seem to recall never getting more than one offer on any one listing.



Selling discussion

May 3, 2015 3:35:55 PM PT

Should I wait on accepting a best offer?

Hi. I'm new to ebay and found out that I cannot send the pin code via email, which I did before I knew. (I had someone to list my item) So the person recieved the code and has redeemed it as I checked with the Merchant to see if in fact the card was redeemed. I still have the card in my posession and regardless of it having $0 balance, I will mail it very soon. I also have the tracking number to the sale for which I printed and saw the message asking for the code after the fact. The buyer opened up a "I haven't recieved my item" case for which I replied to and haven't gotten a response back yet since the person knows they are wrong for trying to scam. I did hear that since that particular case was opened, mailing the card will prove to ebay that the item was delivered and the case can be closed witin a certain amount of days. Is this true? Thanks in advance and please don't bash at me.

Selling question

There is literally NO other way for anyone to obtain the amazing playable teaser for the cancelled game Silent Hills. I have P.T. permenantely installed on multiple PS4s. 


But people keep flagging my listings. Now I'm 'indefinitely prohibited from selling in the video game section'?


What bs is this? 

This isn't any safety rule or whatnot. eBay is going out of its way to prevent grown adults for having the option to purchase a system that has P.T. on it.

Selling question

How do I creat listings in advance?


I'm not referring to scheduled listings since those still subtract from my free listings when created.


I'm looking for a way to do all of the work of creating a listing and having it ready to go with just a click or two when ebay offers me bonus free listings.


Every item I sell is a unique listing for me and takes time.  I REFUSE to pay any listing fees.  11% in fees if I make money is more than enough for ebay.


I'm not willing to pay period.  I'm not buying an ebay "store".  I'm not paying for third party software.


How do I acheive my goal WITHOUT PAYING?

Selling discussion

May 3, 2015 11:08:04 AM PT

How do I creat listings in advance?

Hi guys. Its my frist time I sold something on eBay and I am not sure if I am posting this in the correct area but I guess this is an account issue. I am not really sure if I owe moeny on a selling invoice. My invoice is $15 and I have a balance of $15. Does this mean I have the money to pay it off or no? And do I have to pay $15 every month or is it for when I just sell something?


Thanks for the help!



My Account discussion

May 4, 2015 2:07:10 PM PT

Question about invoices.

I have just recently gone from self-postage and addressing to the online postage purchase/shipping label.

The USPS label with bar code for tracking prints out fine, but it then prints out the INSTRUCTIONS and ONLINE LABEL RECORD

which uses up the bottom label. Is there a way to print JUST the postage/address label. I don't need the instructions, etc. It is using

TWO half-page labels for ONE transaction...and labels ain't cheap. I've looked everywhere for an answer, but know that someone will know on this board. :-D


Thanks for any help.

Shipping & Returns discussion

May 2, 2015 5:58:22 PM PT

USPS label...I only WANT the top half

Hi, so I recently bought a video game on ebay for $23.80 with free shipping on the 28th, and I needed the game fast for an upcoming tournament because my disc broke. I saw the seller listed the method as first class mail, so I expected the item to come around now or maybe later. When I checked the tracking number, I saw the shipping method was media mail, which doesn't make sense because this is a video game. Ebay's delivery date is May 6, and usps expected delivery date is May 9. I contacted the seller and he said he didnt have enough money for first class so he did media mail purposely. He offered me a partial refund two days ago but never went through with it and stopped responding to my messages. Is there anything I can do to make him give me a partial / full refund while I keep the item? Or what will ebay do?

Shipping & Returns discussion

Hi I sold a pair of shoes on eBay and I mistakes the size in my listing, I believed the size to be a 9 as the print had rubbed if a bit however they was an 8. The buyer contacted me and told me, i don't have proof from the buyer that this is true I've taken their word for it and said sorry please return the shoes and I will I she you a full refund all postage and packaging cost. The uber said ok great thanks. Now a week later the buyer is demanding that I issue a refund before he sends the item back. I've done this before and got scamed. I've said to the buyer I have no reason to doubt you won't send them back but I'm sorry I can not issue a refund until I have the item. He said he don't quote ebay rules to him and it was my fault so I should or he will escalate it to ebay. Am I right or will I have to refund him before he returns them? Also it's been 14 days now since the sale date do I still have to refund after this as he is taking so long. Many thanks for all replys

Shipping & Returns discussion

May 4, 2015 3:59:10 PM PT

Refund problem need help please !!

I saw an item that I wanted to purchase and on the listing it said that the seller will post to my country it's just that there was no shipping price. So I messaged the seller and they told me how much it would cost to ship the item to me. After that I decided to buy it, so I committed to buy and requested total so that they send me an invoice with how much I need to pay. 


The problem is after I did that I got an email from ebay which seems like should have been sent to the seller and not me.


It goes kinda like this:


Invoice Request


Dear (seller's name),

I have purchased the following from you on eBay. Please send me an invoice with the total amount that I owe you.

Thank You,

(my name)


And below that there's a button that says Send Invoice.


Seems like this is supposed to be sent to the seller and not me??


What's happening here? I bought from this seller before and I didn't have this issue.

Payments question

May 4, 2015 10:39:06 AM PT

Question about request total

it seems lately that only about 1/2 of my sales and purchases are getting feedback even after i message to make sure the buyers are satisfied.

Shipping & Returns question

I just sold an item and have pending funds in my paypal account. In the shipping notes, the buyer is asking for a paper copy of an invoice to be shipped with the item. I have read about buyers scamming people by requesting these but they haven't asked for a PayPal invoice specifically AND have paid for the item.


Is this legit or a scam?


Also if it is legit, how do I generate one?

Selling discussion

I have been selling on Ebay now since 2002. Never had any problems with anyone. Recently I sold a boat for my niece. Boat is 1982 and is in good condition. Not only the boat we sold him, we also sold him the trailer (which is more then the boat) Plus gave him over $100.00 worth of free items. He went to my niece's home and was there for about two hours. He was happy about the boat. Started it up and heard it run. Shook hands with my nephew three times and said how happy he was. The only thing he complained about was the cost of gas to get here. Which he is  from North Carolina and we live in Virgina. That is the only thing he complained about. Well 10 hours later I get an email from him saying that the boat is in bad shape. If you click on my name you can see the boat is in very good condition. He said it cost him over $200.00 to pick up the boat and want's money for that. Told him sorry it is listed buyer pays for pick up or shipping. Now if he was unhappy when he got her the $500.00 deposit would of been refunded back to him. But again, like I mentioned he was extremely happy. And we told him if he was not happy and didn't like the boat he could get a refund. I have a feeling that this purchase was done with out his wife noing and now he wants full refund. Plus not only does he want full refund but he wants us to pick  up, plus he wants payment for coming down the first time. Longer story short. I gave him my number so he could text me in case he got lost. And he has been sending me harrassing text ever since, since Ebay said that he can't do anything since he got the title and the boat. Again, like customer service told me he should of said something when he was here to pick up the item. I have blocked him from purchasing and also since I have an iphone I can block his number. Well now he is texting me from another phone number. As you can see I had perfect feedback until now he of course gave me poor feedback saying that it was not as described( which it was by the way) and he had to drive 9 hours to get here ( not my problem. It says buyer pick up) It also said where the boat is located. Feedback isn't the problem. Already reported bad feedback to Ebay. My problem is, is can they do something to stop him for harrassing me.


This has been going on since Saturday evening. I am at my witts end. Can someone help me with this? 


Thank you so much


Selling discussion

I purchased this print at an auction but the signature has been partially rubbed out.  I have tried searching for this print everywhere without luck so I turn to the forum that never lets me down.  I appreciate any help!





Collectibles & Art discussion

May 5, 2015 6:49:44 AM PT

Can anyone read this artist signature?

My FREE listings were reduced to 20 plus 20 or 40 overall on May 1st.  I only sell 8 items a month, sometimes 5 and have about 125 items for sale, yardsale stuff.  Why would a member like me since 2002 be punished by EBay like this?  Makes me want to drop out altogether.  Not worth it to be singled out.  Am I being singled out even?   Arbo

Selling question

Hello everybody! I just sold 2 products on ebay..apparently they both sold... when I sold them I didn't hook them up to my paypal, I hooked it up to my credit/Debit card.... now when I go into my bank account I don't have the money!! Does it take a while?

Payments discussion

May 3, 2015 9:13:36 PM PT

Help me please!!! :(

What is the price for insertion fees now? I'm a non-store subscriber. I get a total of 40 free listings. What do they charge for 7 day auction and 7 day fixed price for a non-store subscriber after free listings? I looked on the site under insertion fees and I couldn't see a number. I saw something about they refund the insertion fee if the item sells. But it would still help to know as I have a good amount of listings that don't sell.

2015 Spring Seller Update discussion

May 3, 2015 7:36:39 AM PT

New Insertion Fees


Shipping & Returns question

Does anyone know why I am receiving this error for the distrubution feed? The error appears only for items that have price lower than $1 (eg: $0.65 )


      <message><![CDATA[Please enter a valid starting price for your item (eg. $0.99).]]></message>
      <parameter name="0">$0.99</parameter>


Buying & Selling Basics question

I don't really know anything about guccis bags !~~ got this online.. the quality is like really good, have a few stain insdie the bag like pen marks... and I also do not know the name of this bag...its a vintage. the strap is broken so the seller had it replaced.. it doesnt really matter to me the bag is still 

Fashion discussion

May 4, 2015 12:08:30 PM PT

need help authenticate a gucci bag!

What happened to Ebay credit of $15?



Payments question

I got an e-mail from eBay listing my invoice for the past month. Only problem is, I have not sold anything on ebay in the past 3 months or so.

The few items I have listed are under the free insertion promotion. Each time I relisted, I observed the insertion fee was $0.00. 

So why is ebay billing me this month?

My Account question

I purchased an item from an international seller. It arrived damaged. I returned it and requested a replacement. Seller promised to do so but has requested more than once that I close the eBay return case so he can receive the payment which has been blocked, I'm not comfortable doing this before the transaction is complete. If I do so will it affect my buyer protection? Would I be able to reopen the case or open a new one if the replacement is not received?

Shipping & Returns question

i have never had to leave a negative feedback.... As a seller and buyer on ebay for over 15years, its the persoanl communication that separates ebay from other marketplaces, and if given the ability to work things out i will always take it... We are all human, right? Meanwhile, i recently received an item (a lot of makeup actually) from a new seller on ebay (31 feedbacks) that was listed as NEW, and it came to me in used and old condition. When i emailed the seller, hoping theyd offer to refund a few dollars or at least apologize for their oversight, instead i recieved an ornary reply stating that the items are NEW but that she had "wiped" them clean with a tissue? (Right, because they are used items!)

Anyway, i am seriously considering leaving my first negative feedback, but im wondering if it really has any effect these days, and if tho i cannot receive a retaliatory negative fb, i could recieve a positive fb with negative words in it... Is it worth it? i care about my beloved ebay, and value the fb system, but have come to wonder if not only has it become a buyers market entirely, but kind of an idiots one too, as that human connection that once made this place so special has appeared to be dwindling over the years...

So should i leave my first negative fb or just let it go? The items were not expensive, tho i certainly overpaid for them...

i appreciate any input on this as i am truly torn.

Best to any and all who have a moment to chime in:smileyhappy:

Thank you felow ebayers:smileywink:

Bidding & Buying question

May 4, 2015 9:46:16 AM PT

never leave a negative

I requested a return of the item and it was approved by the seller. Reason for return: "It doesn't match the listing". Then I was asked by eBay to get the shipping label from the seller, which I did. Here's what seller replied to me : "I just got off the phone with Ebay and because we are on different Ebay sites there is no way for me to send a return label through my Ebay.I can send the cost of a label with paypal to you if you want me to,just need to know how much". So we agreed I will pay for the shipping and he would later reimburse me the costs via PayPal. I used International Tracked & Signed service and
provided the tracking details through the eBay site. According to the post office tracking service, my item was delivered at 12:17 pm on May 4, 2015 and I have online proof of delivery, but on the eBay request page it shows it as being still in transit. "No tracking information to show. Please check back later." it says. And there is no action for me to take other than "close this request". What can I do ? I've already contacted seller, but so far there's no response...
I know he should send me a refund within 6 business days of delivery, but since eBay has wrong status of delivery and I'm sure it won't be updated at all, I probably have to do something. Should I open the case ? It's an odd thing, because even though I initiated the return process it says I have "no open request or cases" in my Resolution Centre. So if I start the resolution process via the Resolution Centre it would probably ask me to do the same stuff again, i.e. contact seller, ask for label, send the item, etc. ??

Shipping & Returns discussion

I recently lost my ID, wondering if I need my ID to pick up a package at my local PO, all I have right now is the peach slip left by the mailman. 

Bidding & Buying question

May 3, 2015 3:10:10 PM PT

Do I need my ID to pick up an USPS package

I keep getting this message from ebay saying they protected my account from 3 cases of buyers opening a return request too early. I have had no return requests. what does that mean?

My Account question

Hello, I have an Ideal Blonde Toni Doll that has screwed in legs...they have not been replaced that I know.

She has a wig and is marked on her head P-92 IDEAL DOLL MADE IN THE USA and on her back it says IDEAL DOLL 19.

Does anyone know the year this doll was made? I sure appreciate any help I can get. 

Dolls discussion

May 4, 2015 9:39:56 AM PT

Ideal Toy Doll Identification help

Is this bowl Northwood or Fenton? What pattern etc. It measures about 2 1/2" H x 8" in diameter. Thanks!

Selling question

May 4, 2015 5:53:34 PM PT

Northwood or Fenton?

Due to Ebays additional fees on 24 hour auctions.  I have tried to sell on fixed price auctions.  I listed three small snap on tools pocket knifes (5 available) and forgot to uncheck the global shipping program.  I sold four auctions on global shipping customers (all to Great Britian buyers). I called Ebay and was told that all knifes of any kind are prohibited on the global shipping program.  Should I contact all four buyers and ask for additional $$ and ship directly (alot of time involved) or just cancel auctions and give them their money back.  My concern is the item would not be shipped in 24 hours and may impact my top rated status discount.  I need to stay above 90% shipped within 24 hours.  The interesting thing is a went back and unchecked the global shipping program box and it said the item was ok to sell on global shipping program when i tried to finalize the revision.  Thanks....Jack

Shipping & Returns question

May 4, 2015 8:49:03 AM PT

Global Shipping Program

Selling question