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Old 08-14-2019, 03:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking at a recent sub-discussion on the Incoming thread, there's some talk about dicey eBayers who routinely sell garbage. Advice was given to never buy a Pogue from the UK unless you know the seller...

We all know the types - often quite arty and processed looking photos that somehow manage to not convey the detail you need. Flowery descriptions that are the same for every post, with little to no detail of the watch at hand. Some vague disclaimer about "some parts may have been replaced" or "photos form part of the description".

Well, I try to keep a list of dodgy eBayers so that if I see anything from them in future I'll know to be extra wary or to avoid at all costs. Some seem to disappear and then spidey sense detects similar photography styles or description practices in other sellers who show up. I figured it's time to smoke a few out - please share your favourite eBay frankenmeisters... some of us on the eBay from the UK are genuine, you know ;-)

retroo1 - always nicely photographed, always slyly described. Previous history.

fara-uk - the usual lengthy and repetitive descriptions, including:

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Please note: I'm not an expert however I have attempted to describe the item as best I can. However, Please note that most items I sell are previously owned and therefore, they will have some expected signs of previous use or wear. Due the watches age some parts might have been replaced. if you have any doubt please ask before bidding.
With 50 Seiko sales in the last 3 months, I'd have expected a little expertise but maybe that's just me.

vintage-n-unique - fairly recent joiner (Feb 19) with low feedback numbers, but already a fair few watches gone under the hammer. See them here.
Very poorly described. Maybe just a dealer who doesn't know any better so you never know, a real gem might well arrive amongst the guff.

watchesonsale23 - shifts a lot of stuff, and a lot of watches, not too many Seikos though. Looking at the various Omega Dynamics I think they are all replacement dial jobs. past history. One Pogue has a whole list of things wrong with it, priced highly and described poorly, with 3/4 of the description taken up with badly formatted T&Cs.

mehdaziz_0 - another repeat offender who appears to have found a stash of old Seiko & Citizen boxes, as every one of the frankens appears to come with a similarly non-original box. Favours the "due to age, some parts may have been replaced" disclaimer, and "excellent used condition" to describe everything, including the new aftermarket bits.

watches-4-you - floral backgrounds are a useful giveaway, but the dodginess of the stock (previous) and the comical descriptions are usually enough of a tell-tale too. eg, Pogue:

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The Chronograph Working Flawlessly. (The Watch It has been Polished ( The Dial & Bezel Has Been Professionally Refinished.) serviced recently and is in fully working order )
... meaning it's got an AM dial and bezel, it's polished to hell, and if it was serviced, the "watchmaker" didn't bother cleaning any of the crap off the rotor, the rust in the movement, etc. Maybe they opened the back, sprayed in some WD-40 and thought "that's me done".

pipakee - not the most prolific seller, but another "some parts may be replaced" and "I'm not an expert, but..." seller, so worth keeping an eye out for in future.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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mchuglock - UK seller listing fake Presage 'Cocktail Time' as modified at close to OEM prices.

Described as New, custom modded Seiko ''Cocktail Time'' with brand new parts.

These are now being imported from India and sold at higher prices.

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magical.cap - need I say more than desk marks, waffle and currently listing a SHORT Z199 as having FULL Links.

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Wow- great info gents!


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retroo1 has been on that site selling watches under various user names for quite a while, this is the latest reincarnation. i remember a few years back Danni who used to frequent this site, had dealings with him.

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I avoid eBay like a rash!
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I avoid eBay like a rash!
The less people looking for watches on eBay is only good news for me.
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Thanks for the info!
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One should avoid these sellers because they sell watches with fake parts? I though fake parts are okay now.
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One should avoid these sellers because they sell watches with fake parts? I though fake parts are okay now.


Not if you want an all original example of a classic Seiko. Most aftermarket parts are of very poor quality. When restoring a watch, it is best to find original Seiko OEM parts.


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retroo1 has been on that site selling watches under various user names for quite a while, this is the latest reincarnation. i remember a few years back Danni who used to frequent this site, had dealings with him.


I will say this for him. He cancelled my order, as requested, and promptly refunded my money.


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How about sophon_l?
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