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Posted 6 years ago


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I have such a love/hate relationship with Ebay. I purchased this as on a whim because it really caught my eye. It was listed as an "original 1930s art-deco lamp" by an antique dealer with over 2500 positive feedbacks and a 12 year selling history. When I received it, there was a large sticker underneath describing it as a sarsaparilla reproduction, copyright 1985. The seller was happy to refund my money, but quickly re-listed it without clarifying or identifying its source. These are available for purchase on the internet in multiple colors, brand new, for pretty cheap. Once again, I learned the value of doing a little research before buying. A quick google search would have saved a lot of time and effort.


  1. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
    Ebay is a roller coaster. I have had more good experiences than bad though ! I also collect uranium glass.I am very partial to Houze slag glass.And lamps are a fav check out my items Deco .I think you'll especially like the smokers stand.
  2. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    well lets just say every transaction is a learning experince. As a ebay seller I wouldn't want to go through the hassle of refunding and reshipping. Did leave feedback and mention this?
  3. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    What drives me crazy on ebay is that every item is listed as rare ! I makes me crazy . I have have a few bad experiences on ebay but mostly good. I do always write seller to confirm my questions in case it is not what it should be . Items are getting less description now as no one wants to say they misrepresented it now they often just say Photo is description . Not good enough I make them answer or no bidding by me . Lesson well learned and haven't we all learned . Glad you got money back but rather disturbing that seller re listed without clarifying a Repro !
    Thanks for sharing
  4. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 6 years ago
    I got taken by the same piece, only it didn't have a repro label. I had seen this piece online before, and really liked it. I bought it at an antiques show, it was outdoors and very bright, and my blacklight battery was going. There was some glow, but when I got it under the big light I could tell it wasn't what I thought it was. I keep it on my desk to remind me to pay close attention... A lesson learned. There's another piece out there that has been heavily reproduced, and that is a vaseline glass Clarks Teaberry Gum tray. They are very hard to tell, as the repro glows under the blacklight as well as the original.
  5. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 6 years ago
    My favorite is "Good vintage condition" This translates into many chips or fleabites in glass . That one has gotten me a couple of times.
  6. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 6 years ago
    I have on several occasions been in an "antique store", picked up an item, turned it over and saw a Garden Ridge or Dollar General price tag. I have had decent luck on ebay, but I dont spend much so if I get taken, its not a huge loss
  7. Decogirl1 Decogirl1, 6 years ago
    Thank you for all of the replies!
    Hedgewalker- I have also had more good experiences than bad-especially with uranium glass pieces.
    rockersd- I have not left feedback yet- I'm waiting for my refund first. Also, not sure what to say exactly. I am disappointed that the seller did not notice the sticker
    before listing. As a seller, I thoroughly inspect every item I sell.
    PhilDavidAlexanderMorris- The same site that sells this lamp also sells repros of the planes. Those are all over Ebay for 2-3x the price. Do you have an original? Would love one of those, but may end up buying a repro.
    Manikin- the "rare" thing gets me too, also "the only one on Ebay"
    upstatenycollector- Now I'm seeing these pieces everywhere. Keeping a reminder on your desk is a good idea. Caveat emptor!
    Hegdewalker- "good vintage condition" or "looks great for it's age" usually means it's pretty beat up :)
    trgrubaugh- dollar store price tags? Ugh! Do you ever point it out to them?

  8. Decogirl1 Decogirl1, 6 years ago
    Just curious- the seller relisting the item and failing to disclose it as a repro is really troubling. What type of feedback would you suggest leaving? What should I say? I would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you!
  9. trgrubaugh trgrubaugh, 6 years ago
    I would respectfully say just that in the feedback. Some bidders will not care but they need to realize they are buying a repo. If you are able to leave feedback at all. It should not be positive.

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