Re: [Ancientartifacts] Question about possible buyer.

An interesting question. It may not be a scam, but the way you put it sounds pretty unreasonable.
You were a bit cagey about describing what type of material and situation you are asking about, or whether you are the buyer, seller or just curious.
I assume you are talking about a situation where somebody has bought something 'as seen' and now wants to do tests on what they have bought to check that it is what they thought it was. But this is a caveat emptor situation, if it was sold (bought) without the results of confirmatory tests existing, then the results of such tests formed no part of the contract between buyer and seller. So I would not think the seller should be liable for the costs of the testing they want to carry out (unless of course this DID form part of the contract between them). After all you would not ask the seller after the sale was completed to cover the costs of conservation, cleaning or a cabinet to put it in - unless that was part of the bargain.
Surely (assuming the object was not received on approval), while the object is their property, costs of anything they want to do to it should be met by the owner, whatever they may decide they want to do with the object afterwards when they get the results of putting the artefact through a "special machine".
Paul Barford
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Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 9:03 AM
Subject: [Ancientartifacts] Question about possible buyer.

Hello, this would be my first post here.
I wanted to ask if it is a scam if a buyer tells you that they want
you to mail a large amount of money to just verify an artifact of
yours. Or they say that it costs a lot of money to have it verified by
a "special machine."
I'd appreciate any comments.
Thank you.


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