I don't want to get members into one of these drawn out discussions on this subject, but equating the level of material available on Fleabay to what is offered on Trocadero is doing a great disservice to newbies trying to learn.
When it comes to the Pre-Columbian sections (and that's all I am commenting on), there is an enormous difference. On ebay, the majority of intact pieces (other than trinkets or fragments) are highly questionable pieces, outright fakes or potential scams. On Trocadero you will find just a handful of bogus pieces, generally offered by sellers who don't know better. Scam artists simply are not tolerated and are rapidly removed. When you make suggestions to most Ebay sellers you will most often be ignored, told to bugger off or outright attacked, whereas on Trocadero you are more likely to be thanked or at least engaged in a civil conversation……that is assuming you start the conversation in a polite manner. For the most part, there is a significantly different level of professionalism between the two venues.
That's all I have to say on this matter, I need to get back to work. I would hope that we can return to discussing the merits of particular objects, rather than the blanket indictments of venues. Such statements resolve nothing and only serve to add to the confusion of novice collectors who come here for guidance, assistance and education.
I bet I have much more of a clue than you.
I have been a member of Trocadero a couple of times and on ebay since
the first year. Misrepresentations are common all over Trocadero as
they are anywhere eles but go ahead and jump on something just
because it posted there. good luck.
--- In Ancientartifacts@yahoogroups.com, "Brett" <mavebc@...> wrote:
> To compare Trocadero and ebay means you have no clue. Where
> upwards of 80% of ebay items can be fake or reproduction, 95% of
> trocadero is a safe bet.
> --- In Ancientartifacts@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Minor"
> <relicdigar@> wrote:
> > Trocadero is no safer than any other site. There are a lot of
> > Trocadero dealers on here that will vouch for Trocadero but there
> > as much misreresentation on there in the categories I am familiar
> > with as on eBay or antwhere else.
> > I have reported obvious fakes to the site and never got an answer
> > result.
> > --- In Ancientartifacts@yahoogroups.com, "niuboy08" <niuboy08@>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > I'm newer to collecting, and I recently discovered Trocadero.
> > > thaught that it would be a more reliable site online in finding
> > > authentic pieces than that of ebay. And, I noticed one item
> > has
> > > been classified as fake from collector-antiquities.com and I
> > > wondering if Trocadero polices itself, or if its more or less
> > ebay?
> > >
> > > Here is the link to the item: http://tinyurl.com/2fgdlc
> > >
> > > and to the collector-antiquites page with the same item (I
> > even
> > > same picture): http://www.collector-antiquities.com/353/
> > > http://tinyurl.com/28l9at
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Albert
> > >