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10-11-2014 05:31 AM
Ebay is like anywhere else, you get what you pay for. Why would a seller take less than scrap for a jewelry item? Think about it, and avoid Chinese sellers.
10-11-2014 04:24 AM
I bought 230 items of jewelry at 12 Chinese sellers, all named Sterling Silver, 925 Sterling Silver, 925 Sterling Silver Filled and even 14K White gold filled. I also bought one S80 silver item. I bought them all with the purpose to investigate what kind of jewelry they are selling. Big business I think.
I gave 12 items to a certified laboratory for full metal analysis. None of the objects contains any silver or gold. All counterfeit, even the stones are made of plastic.
10-10-2014 04:49 PM
Just a quick note..as a jewelry store owner...buyer beware..if they are selling an item at less than the scrap rate for precious metal...it is not real. NO one can afford to stay in business selling at a loss! This fact, along with alot of fraud , has prompted me to send video to ebay headquarters of acid testing for several pieces of "stamped" .925 sterling silver that is advertised as sterling...it is plastic...some were a mix of more than 7 alloyes. Hermosa ..who I believe you have purchased from....sold me fake as sterling.I will attach the video for you to see. Most of us use acid because a metalurgist gun runs about $45,000 to purchase, although I have requested and had several pieces shot to find out just how many alloys were mixed in one "sterling silver" piece from China. I tried to attach the video of the acid test, but this site would not allow it , so I am posting the photo of the "green " acid reaction. When it turns green the item tested is not precious metal at all.
09-26-2014 08:44 PM
I think the "China issue" here is mainly sellers from China. I would guess that about 80% of all karat gold jewelry with Dias. and colored gemstones are made in either, China or India. Some junk,,,,,, some nice. The sellers from China seem to have found an easy venue to scam with all the loopholes. Not to mention a huge amount of uneducated buyers.
09-25-2014 09:15 AM
Then your seller is one in a million, and not the norm on Ebay.
09-23-2014 01:20 PM
Just replying as to your comment that all jewelry from China is fake.
I know experts here in California that have told me that China is buying up our silver here.
I have found a very reputable seller on e-bay that sells absolutely beautiful sterling silver jewelry at incredible prices. In fact, I have placed some of it in shops here for sale. Do not always put a label on China. Yes, most of what we buy here is junk. However, in the gem industry there, there are breath-taking pieces of jewelry. They love beautiful, expensive things too.
09-06-2014 11:35 AM
I learned a lot here, and thanks for all the info and tips here..I see no reason to allow the type of silver to stop a person from enjoying a piece of Jewelry they really love.. the Nail Polish remedy is an awesome idea, I WILL try.
08-25-2014 12:59 PM
You are not a nurse, are you?
08-25-2014 12:58 AM
06-28-2014 02:05 AM
The Gemstones used in the Chinese jewelry are usually of very good quality, but the tarnishing of the fake 'silver' ruins it.
Jewelers in the USA can usually re-make any nice piece for a fair price.
I buy SterlingSilver .925 [92.5% pure silver] at outstanding, fair prices fron a very fair and FREE SHIPPING company called "ballisilver' from Israel. They are fantastic and always the '925' is stamped somwhere on a genuine piece.
The Agate semi-precious gemstones [ a lot from Botswana] are now being sold with a hole drilled,when you but a pendant type exquisite stone. There are also easy to use "findings" to put into the stone's hole .....it gives it a more elite look and it's something we can all do. They're about $2 for 100% solid .925 Sterling Silver piece which gives you a normal triangle to put your pure .925 chain into. 'Ballisilver" has "lots" [like 5 or 10 chains....in the mostcommon sizes>>>16", 18", 20",22",24"....i got that set and the beautiful chains cost me from $3 tp $8 each. They last forever.
Hope this helps. As for Ebay...they leave buyers to the dogs. VERY unhappy 'Buyer' here.
06-09-2014 10:45 AM
You think that since they collect fees not only for listing but also final fees for selling the item it would be different. Ebay/PayPal is good at figuring out all of the legal loopholes.
How much money do you think they would lose if they were to get rid of the scammers that sell in volume in order to keep their DSR's above the limit?
06-09-2014 05:37 AM
Because Ebay is a listing venue, much like an ad in the newspaper, they do not fall under the FTC's guidelines for false advertising...but certainly an individual seller that deceives his buyer by claiming an item is sterling silver,when it is only plated,is guilty of false advertising...so feel free to sue any of these sellers that you feel fit the bill.